DAVAO CITY—Descendants of the Sultanate of Maguindanao assembled here in a three-day summit that started Thursday to support President Rodrigo Duterte’s campaign to combat extremism.
This, after Duterte called on Muslim leaders to go against extremism as the Islamic State was trying to gather connections in the Muslim sectors here in Mindanao.
Interior Secretary Ismael Sueno and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenza were expected to make a dialogue with the descendants of the Sultanate of Maguindanao, official sources said.
The group is led by Sultan Abdulaziz Salem Mastura Kudarat V, the 25th Sultan of Maguindanao.
Lawyer Suharto Ambolodto, a descendant of the Sultanate, said the event was expected to gather the Masturas clan Maguindanao.
According to the invitation, the government is gathering support from the traditional local leaders to go away from the calls of the extremist group.
Videos of the Islamic Group calling for support of Islam in Mindanao have been circulating online that pushed Duterte to call on the Islamic community to never intertwine the thought of entering the terrorist group.
The authorities have identified several terrorist groups in Mindanao such as the Jemaah Islamiyah, Maute, Abu Sayyaf and Ansar Al-Khilafah among others.
However, the military has claimed that Mindanao is free from the Islamic State group.