MANILA – An Australian man who has converted to Islam and promotes Islamic extremism was arrested in Cebu on Friday, a police official said.
Senior Superintendent Conrad Capa, deputy director for operations of Philippine National Police – Region 7, said Robert Edward Musa Cerantonio was arrested in Lapu-Lapu City's Barangay (village) Pajac at around 5:30 a.m.
Speaking to dzMM, Capa said Cerantonio is a Muslim extremist who calls for jihad around the world, and is a supporter of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) which is currently ravaging parts of Iraq and Syria in its bid to establish a caliphate (Islamic state).
Capa said Cerantonio uses social media to propagate Islamic extremism.
He said reports gathered by intelligence police revealed that Cerantonio has been in the Philippines as early as February this year.
Capa said a warrant of deportation from the Bureau of Immigration (BI) has been served on Cerantonio.
Cerantonio will be brought to the BI for his deportation proceedings.
After this, he will be turned over to the Australian Federal Police, according to Capa.
''From there, we will agree on how we will exchange information,'' Capa said.
Capa said Cerantonio was arrested with a Filipina, identified as Joan Montaire. – report from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM