Suicide bomb suspect denies allegations

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ONE OF TWO alleged suicide bombers who slipped into the country from Sri Lanka has denied being one in a filing at the National Bureau of Investigation, the military said yesterday.

“Victoria Sophia Sto. Domingo executed an affidavit to the NBI’s Counter-Terrorism Division on July 22,” Armed Forces spokesman Brig. Gen. Edgard A. Arevalo said in a statement.

The suspect denied the allegations against her and her partner.

The Straits Times on Aug. 9 reported Ms. Sto. Domingo and her partner Mark Kevin Samhoon had slipped into the Philippines. Both were tagged as suicide bombers and were on a watch list of the Manila International Airport Authority.

“Victoria denied vehemently that she and her fiancé and the father of her newborn child are suicide bombers,” Mr. Arevalo said.

The suspect also denied that her mother is a terrorist financier. She accused her father of spreading the lie to authorities, the military spokesman said.

The military will continue to coordinate with the NBI, police and other agencies here and overseas “to strengthen our intelligence and security posture,” he added. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras