Wife says Aussie 'jihadist' a good person

By Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News Central Visayas

Posted at Jul 12 2014 04:19 PM | Updated as of Jul 13 2014 12:19 AM

CEBU - Joan Montayre, the woman who was arrested along with suspected Australian jihadist preacher Robert Edward Cerantonio, denied that her husband is involved in any terrorist activities.

She admitted, however, that her husband has been uploading videos in the Internet to spread Islamic teachings.

Nonetheless, she stressed that her husband is a good person.

Montayre said they have been living a private life since they got married last year.

Montayre, whose former religion was Roman Catholic, converted to Islam last 2007.

She said she met Cerantonio in Cebu.

She admitted that she is not aware that her husband has already been overstaying in the country. She said she has been busy with her fashion business.

Cerantonio was arrested in Cebu on Friday after a warrant for his deportation was issued.

The Bureau of Immigration said Cerantonio's passport was cancelled last July 7 after Australian police intelligence authorities identified him as the one sending messages to suspected terrorists calling for extremism.

Montayre was also arrested for estafa charges.