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21/11/2012: PH Coordinating with FBI on Foiled Terror Plot

21 November 2012

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Philippine Embassy is coordinating with authorities in the United States in connection with the filing of a criminal complaint in California against a Filipino and three other men for allegedly plotting to mount terrorist attacks that included targets in the Philippines.

Ambassador Jose L. Cuisia Jr. said the Embassy is in touch with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) which took custody of Ralph Kenneth De Leon, 23, a US permanent resident born in the Philippines, for alleged involvement in the plot.

Ambassador Cuisia said Chief Supt. Armand Ramolete, the Embassy’s Police Attaché, has requested the FBI for additional information on the alleged plot that involved killing Americans and bombing US bases abroad, including in the Philippines.

De Leon was arrested in California on Sunday along with two other suspects. A fourth suspect was arrested in Afghanistan. All four were charged for conspiring to provide material support to terrorists.

Consul General Helen Barber-Dela Vega of the Philippine Consulate General in Los Angeles said they have been informed by the FBI on Monday about the arrest of De Leon. She said Consul Charmaine Chua was scheduled to be granted access to De Leon later today at a detention facility in San Bernardino County. ###