Robert "Musa" Cerantonio arrested recruiting Filipino Muslims to fight in Iraq and Syria

clearMANILA (Reuters) The Philippines on Friday arrested an Australian national with suspected links to foreign Islamist militants after he urged Philippine Muslims on social media sites to support conflicts in Iraq and Syria, recruiting them to go to the Middle East. The arrest is the first known link between Islamist militants in the southeast Asian nation and foreign jihadists supporting conflicts in the Middle East. Philippine Muslims took part in conflict in Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Heavily-armed Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams with Australian Federal Police surprised Robert Cerantonio, a Muslim convert, before dawn at his apartment near the Mactan-Cebu International Airport in the central Philippines.

“He has been recruiting Filipino Muslims to fight in Iraq and Syria,” a senior police intelligence official, who declined to be named because he was not authorised to speak to the press, told Reuters. “He has been literally calling for jihad. But we’re still validating reports that some Filipino Muslims have responded to his call to arms. His activities here caught the attention of the Australian Federal Police and they alerted us.”

Police said Cerantonio has arrived in the Philippines early in February and began recruiting for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS). He also travelled to Basilan and Sulu in the country’s south, preaching radical Islam to support Syria and Iraq.

Several videos surfaced recently on YouTube of Philippine Islamist militants making statements in Arabic and Tagalog dialect in support of ISIS. Some of the videos were shot inside a police prison in the capital, Manila.

Cerantonio will be deported back to Australia after his passport was cancelled by Australian authorities, said Conrado Capa, Cebu’s deputy regional police chief.

3 thoughts on “Robert "Musa" Cerantonio arrested recruiting Filipino Muslims to fight in Iraq and Syria”

  1. Lets bring him home and put him on trial for seditious utterances.
    I think it still has the death penalty.

    1. Not a chance with our current politprops and our dhimmified judiciary. He will be given a crispy fresh Koran, a prayer rug, halal grub and he will rule the prison with the ‘azan’, the call to ‘prayer’, which curses the kafirs 17 times a day. We are in deep doodoo, because of our general ignorance about Islam….

  2. When he is brought back here he should be in chains for the rest of his muserable life, never to be released!
    No phone access, no access to his koranderthal mates, no access to the unholy hate book, he should eat what everyone else has to eat. …..ham sandwiches!
    Let him come out in a box.

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