US State Department Tags Overseas Filipino Workers as Funding Source for Abu Sayyaf Group
On November 19, 2010 · In Abu Sayyaf, Hawala, Jihad, Phillipines, Saudi Arabia, Terror Funding
The US State Department has tagged “remittances from overseas Filipino workers,” or OFWs, as a possible external funding source of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), along with Middle East-based extremist groups.
Abu Sayyaf Group had previously appealed for funds and recruits on You Tube by featuring a video of its late leaders Abdurajak and Khadaffy Janjalani before they were killed in 1998 and 2006, respectively.
Predictably, one of the organizations critical of the US State Department naming overseas worker remittances as a terror funding source is based in Saudi Arabia: Migrante-Middle East (M-ME).