Fil-Am, 3 other terror suspects planned attacks in Philippines


Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine consular officials in the US have visited a 23-year-old Filipino immigrant accused of involvement in an alleged terror plot that included  killing Americans, bombing US military bases overseas and attacks on targets in the Philippines.

Consul Charmaine Serna-Chua of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles went to the San Bernardino Sheriff Central Detention Center to check the condition of Ralph Kenneth De Leon, who is being held in solitary confinement, said Philippine Ambassador to the US Jose Cuisia Jr.

De Leon, who migrated to the US in 2003 and still a holder of a valid Philippine passport, appeared well, Cuisia said in a statement.

He was arrested on Sunday together with alleged ringleader 34-year-old American Sohiel Omar Kabir, Miguel Alejandro Santana Vidriales and Arifeen David Gojali just two days before their scheduled flight to Afghanistan where they would be trained to become terrorists.

They are facing charges of providing material support to terrorists, which can carry a maximum 15-year prison sentence.

Consul General Dela Vega said the preliminary hearing on the case was set on December 3.

Cuisia said Filipino officials in the US were closely monitoring the case—the latest in a series of cases where US residents were targeted to become terrorists. De Leon is a lawful, permanent US resident.

“The embassy and the Consulate General in Los Angeles are working closely with American authorities to get more information about the reported terrorist plot and to ensure that the rights of Mr. De Leon, a Philippine national, are protected,” he said.

Cusia said the embassy was hoping to receive more details about the reported terrorist plot from the FBI, particularly the plans of the suspects to mount attacks against US targets in the Philippines.

On Wednesday, Police Attaché Chief Superintendent Armando Ramolete, requested the FBI to provide the embassy with additional information about the terrorist plot.

Federal investigators said Kabir met Deleon and Santana at a hookah bar and introduced them to the radical Islamist doctrine of the US-born extremist cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed last year in an American airstrike in Yemen.

Deleon and Santana were eager about the prospects of being terrorists. When asked by the FBI informant if both men had thought about how it would feel to kill someone, Santana responded, “The more I think about it, the more it excites me.”

The two men also discussed where they could do the most damage. After considering going to Palestine and the Philippines, Santana said he preferred Afghanistan because the military bases there could easily be ambushed.

Deleon studied business administration at California State University, San Bernardino, but withdrew in September after first enrolling five years ago, said university spokesman Joe Gutierrez.

Before his scheduled departure for Istanbul last week, Deleon said he was going to leave his parents a farewell letter. Asked by an FBI informant if Deleon could lie about his true intentions in the letter, Deleon said, it’s OK to lie in war. “I believe right now … we are in a state of war,” he said.

Using the informant’s debit card, Deleon bought four tickets for a flight from Mexico City to Istanbul scheduled to leave this past Sunday. Had the men made it to Afghanistan, they would have initially joined the Taliban and then graduate to al-Qaeda, said David Bowdich, special agent in charge of the FBI’s counterterrorism division in Los Angeles.

“They saw this as jihad. They saw this as their way to push out the aggressors,” Bowdich said. ” With a report from Associated Press in Los Angeles

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  • RyanE

    Why do Ambassador Cuisia Jr. would like to help such kind of a man who dreams of killing lot of people? Better yet, throw that guy to the Guantanamo Bay detention camp in Cuba.

    • Doc Jojo

      Because in the US an accused is still considered innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. He will have his day in court.

      • bart00001

        Tell that to the thousand still in Gitmo waiting for a day in court

  • Protect_Cheap_Dog

    Why the PDI is giving a sh1t about this news?

    • 1voxPopuli

      i dont understand why not?

  • WeAry_Bat

    “Like, because, this is my strong intention. This is what I desire of doing in this life.” 

    Unlike jobless people and depressed mothers, I deeply suggest people like him should commit suicide instead.

  • julieboy

    Let the pinoy be the suicide bomber,he will refuse.Wise ang mga pinoy they will kill but not blow themselves up.Its either he’s crazy or kulang sa pansin.Migrates to the US and joins a terrorist group,he must be unemployed and is being offered a lot of money.Sorry for him,being a green card holder he can be deported and join the criminals in muntinlupa.Baka maka takas pa.let him stay in the states and rot in jail,we have enough criminals in the philippines.

  • DondonSantosJr

    Sayang! Ang dami daming pinoy na gustong makapunta ng amerika or lumabas ng bansa para makahanap ng mas magandang buhay para sa kanila at sa pamilya nila, ikaw, nandyan ka na, imbes na mag-isip ka ng paraan pano mo matutulungan ang pamilya mo or ang Pilipinas, terrorismo pa ang inatupag mo. tsk tsk tsk…what were you thinking?

  • Cubano

    I think if convicted, this guy will serve the sentence in a US jail and upon completion, maybe deported back here.

  • bedouintrip

    Misguided, STUPID person. Thousands of Filipinos dying for a green card and this guy wanting a barbaric life in Afghanistan. “Nahiga kana sa malambot na kama, naghanap ka pa ng matigas na sahig”. &%$%$$ .You do not need to be an AlQaeda, to be a good Muslim. Have I been your neighbor, I would have dismembered you than let thousand of my countrymen Filipinos suffer.

    • bedouintrip

      Ang tatay niyan caregiver, di lang naisip ng anak ano ang kahulugan ng trabaho ng ama.

  • pepito gwaps

    Hey Guys! As the bible says, ” Man live not in bread alone” it also the same with man can live without the green card too but with what he believes in. He might be misguided and misled by extremists thats why we don’ t need to judge him right away. Nobody give him the right direction, like what some people here are showing.

  • kevin

    Philppine govt. rescued a murderer in Saudi from being put to death,,now are they trying to help again this moron Pilipino …absurd!!!!

  • valsore

    Send all the moron Filipinos to infiltrate Chinese navy and sink them boats there. They can have a better use of their life that way, LOL.

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