A report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer cited a report to officials including Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. indicating Filipinos are among the Southeast Asians being lured to conflict zones in the Middle East. Some Islamic militants are home-grown, just like the Abu Sayyaf (in photo), who have links with al-Qaeda terrorists. (Photo from http://vkb.isvg.org/Wiki/Groups/Abu_Sayyaf_Group_(ASG))

A report in the Philippine Daily Inquirer cited a report to officials including Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. indicating Filipinos are among the Southeast Asians being lured to conflict zones in the Middle East. Some Islamic militants are home-grown, just like the Abu Sayyaf (in photo), who have links with al-Qaeda terrorists. (Photo from http://vkb.isvg.org/Wiki/Groups/Abu_Sayyaf_Group_(ASG))

MANILA, Jan 24 (Mabuhay) – President Benigno Aquino III had been briefed regarding the Zamboanga bombing that killed two people, deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte said.

In an interview on state-run dzRB Radyo ng Bayan, Valte said Aquino has given instructions to the appropriate agencies to investigate the incident.

She said the Philippine National Police is leading the investigation, with the Armed Forces of the Philippines providing support.

“As of now what we can tell you is that current evidence available to us has indicated a particular direction, meron nang tinutumbok,” she said.

But she added the Palace will leave it to the military and police to give further details.

“We are not free at this time to discuss the details,” she said.

Meanwhile, Aquino may go to Zamboanga City in the wake of Friday’s deadly bombing, according to Zamboanga City Mayor Isabelle Climaco-Salazar.

Climaco also said she Aquino will visit the Abu Sayyaf members still detained at the city jail transferred to Taguig City.

Security was tightened in the city after the bombing, with police and military forces conducting checkpoints and paneling operations.

Also, security guards inspected baggage of people entering business establishments. (MNS)