International Islamic Relief Organization – Philippines Branch (IIRO-PHL)
1. 201 Heart Tower Building
2. 108 Valero Street
3. Salcedo Village, Makati City
4. Manila, Philippines
5. Zamboanga City, Philippines
6. Tawi Tawi, Philippines
7. Marawi City, Philippines
8. Basilan, Philippines
9. Cotabato City, Philippines
International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO), is also known as International Islamic Relief Organization of Saudi Arabia (IIROSA). The IIROSA’s Philippines Branch (IIRO-PHL) is a source of funding for the al Qaida-affiliated Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).
IIRO-PHL has served as a liaison for the ASG with other Islamic extremist groups. A former ASG member in the Philippines familiar with IIRO operations in the country, reported that a limited amount of foreign IIRO funding goes to legitimate projects and the rest is directed to terrorist operations.
The Philippine branches of the IIRO were founded sometime in the late 1980s or early 1990s by Muhammad Jamal Khalifah, who is Osama bin Laden’s brother-in-law and has been identified as a senior al Qaida member. IIRO-PHL’s director, Abd al-Hadi Daguit, is a trusted associate of Khalifah.
While working as the director of IIRO-PHL, Khalifah maintained close connections with al Qaida through his relations with senior al Qaida supporters, including the designated Wa’el Hamza Julaidan.
At the time Khalifah directed the IIRO-PHL, he employed an ASG intelligence officer as the provincial director of the IIRO-PHL in the Tawi-Tawi region of the Southern Philippines until that officer’s death in 1994.
In the mid 1990s, a major ASG supporter, Mahmud Abd Al-Jalil Afif, served as the director of the IIRO-PHL and used the organization to funnel money to terrorist groups including the ASG. Afif was implicated in the assassination of Father Salvatore Carzeda in San Jose Gusu, Zamboanga City, Philippines on June 20, 1992.
In 2006, the U.S. Treasury Department designated the Philippines and Indonesian branch offices of International Islamic Relief Organization (IIRO) as terrorist entities. They were both delisted, on 16 August 2016. Neither the Philippines nor the Indonesian branch offices of IIRO have ever been prosecuted by the Philippines or Indonesian authorities.
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