PHL deports Australian suspected of supporting terrorism

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

SUSPECTED terrorism sympathizer Robert Edward Cerantonio arrived in his home country, Australia, on Wednesday after he was deported by the Bureau of Immigration (BI) on Tuesday night.

Cerantonio, whose travel documents were prepared by the Australian Embassy in Manila, took the Philippine Airlines (PAL) flight PR 209 to Melbourne at 9:10 p.m. Tuesday, BI spokesperson Elaine Tan said.

He was escorted by four BI intelligence officers in his trip.

Video of Cerantonio's arrest this morning. (Courtesy of Police Regional Office 7)

“Cerantonio was met by Australian authorities upon his arrival this morning (Wednesday) where he is set to undergo arrival formalities for deportees," she said.

Cerantonio was sent back to Australia because its Ministry of Foreign Affairs cancelled his passport over reports that he has been using the Internet to urge people to undertake extremist activities, which is a violation of the anti-terrorism law there.

As a result, the BI said the 29-year-old was nabbed on July 11 in Lapu-Lapu City for being an undocumented alien in the Philippines.

Cerantonio though has no pending case with the local courts, as reflected in his National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) clearance.

After his arrest, Cerantonio was brought to the BI detention facility in Bicutan, Taguig City, where he stayed until his actual deportation. (Sunnex)

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