‘Release Cerantonio’ Facebook page likes up-A A +A
Sunday, July 13, 2014
SUPPORTERS of suspected jihad preacher Robert Edward Cerantonio are calling for his release through social networking site Facebook.
A community page entitled “Release Brother Musa Cerantonio” hit the web hours after the 29-year-old Australian national was arrested last Friday in Lapu-Lapu City.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, the page attracted some 2,131 likes.
Senior Supt. Conrado Capa, deputy regional director for operation of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7, said Cerantonio is detained at Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan, Taguig City.
He told Sun.Star Cebu Cerantonio may be extradited today to Australia until all of his documents are complete.
Cerantonio was caught by police inside his rented apartment in Barangay Pajac following a week of surveillance. His arrest stemmed from a deportation warrant for being an undocumented alien in the country.
In the Facebook page, one of the posts described Cerantonio as “the man who opened our mind and dig the very root of jihad in the Philippines and all Muslim lands.”
Another post also said Cerantonio didn’t preach hate, but instead love for his brothers, sisters, the oppressed and orphan.
The page’s profile picture is a photo of a smiling ginger-bearded Cerantonio.
Its cover photo is a photomontage with a picture of Cerantonio, clad in a hooded yellow robe, beside the head of a lion with Islamic writing.
One supporter wrote, “I love him so much, may Allah help and protect him always.”
“He might be a terrorist for others, but we do not consider him as a terrorist. He was a hero of Islam,” another supporter wrote on the page.
In its latest post, the page is questioning the media on Cerantonio’s alleged romantic relationship with 32-year-old Joaen Montayre.
Montayre, a freelance costume production designer from Tipolo, Mandaue City, was with Cerantonio when police raided their apartment.
In an earlier interview with Sun.Star Cebu, Montayre said she had an “on-and-off” relationship with Cerantonio.
Quoting a report on time.com in April, Facebook removed the profile page of Cerantonio for allegedly promoting violence and encouraging terrorist acts to its supporters through social media.
Cerantonio’s Facebook page was the third most popular among foreign fighters in Syria, according to a paper published by the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence. DSM
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2014.