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Terror email probably a hoax, NBI agents say

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GOVERNMENT investigators have cleared three suspected terrorists who were reported to be planning to enter the Philippines.

An anonymous email linking the three to terrorism was probably a hoax, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).

Victoria Sto. Domingo, one of the three, had passed “thorough checking,” NBI spokesman Ferdinand M. Lavin told a briefing yesterday. She also had no criminal record.

The woman earlier issued an affidavit denying her links to a terror group responsible for bombing in Sri Lanka.

Mr. Lavin said state agents had received an email saying three suspected terrorist bombers were coming to the Philippines and one of them was already here. The email could have been sent by Ms. Sto. Domingo’s father because he did not approve of her relationship with her Sri Lankan fiancé, he said.

State agents are considering filing charges against the father, Mr. Lavin said.




Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra said there were no arrival records for the other two suspects. “In any event, the Bureau of Immigration’s anti-terror group is on the alert regarding further movements of these persons,” he said. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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