PH embassy to meet Fil-Am linked to terror plot
MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine embassy in Washington is already coordinating with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in connection with the foiled terror attack that allegedly involved a Filipino and three other men.
In a statement, Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia Jr. said the embassy’s police attache, Chief Supt. Armand Ramolete, has already requested FBI for additional information on the plan that was supposed to kill Americans and bomb US bases in other parts of the world.
Embassy officials may also be able to access the Filipino later today.
Early this week, the FBI said it foiled three so-called home-grown terrorists from fleeing the US and joining a terror group in Afghanistan. One of them is 23-year old Philippine-born Ralph Kenneth De Leon who also went by the aliases Rafiq Abdul Raheem and Ya Seen.
A criminal complaint has already been lodged against de Leon and his three other colleagues.
Consul General Helen Barber-dela Vega of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles said they were informed by the FBI on Monday about the arrest.
She said Consul Charmaine Chua is scheduled to be granted access to de Leon later today at a detention facility in San Bernardino County.