Police capture airport bombing suspect

POLICE arrested on Monday night an international terrorist  wanted by Philippine authorities for  involvement in the 2003 bombing at the Awang Airport in Cotabato City.

Ricardo Ayeras Perez, 37, who uses the aliases Abdulkarim and Abduljkareem was arrested by operatives of the PNP Intelligence Group Counter Terorism Division and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, backed by security teams from the Mandaluyong City Police Station near the Mandaluyong City Medical Center along Boni Avenue, Mandaluyong City at 11:05 PM Monday.

In a report to PNP Chief, Director General Raul Bacalzo, IG Director, Chief Supt. Manuel Barcena said Ayeras was arrested by virtue of a Warrant of Arrest issued on January 31, 2011 by Judge Abraham Borreta of RTC Branch 154 of Pasig City.

Ayeras is a respondent in Criminal Case No.135738 for the crime of Murder and Multiple Frustrated Murder in connection with the car bombing outside the terminal gates of Awang Airport in Cotabato City in February 20, 2003 that killed one person and wounded several others.

Police intelligence records listed Ayeras as among the pioneer members of the extremist Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) who attended para-military training at the RSM Training Camp in Anda, Pangasinan. Ayeras eluded arrest when government security forces raided the training camp on May 1, 2002.

In 2003, Ayeras and other RSM members attended military training at an MILF camp in Liguasan Marsh, SK Pendatun, Maguindanao under MILF trainors Abdulmanap Mentang and Jabide Abdul alias Bedz.

Ayeras also figured prominently as among the core group of RSM members handpicked by RSM leader Hilarion “Ahmad” Santos that was tasked to undertake the 2005 failed bombing operation of RSM codenamed “Big Bang” that targeted several establishments in Metro Manila frequented by foreigners.

“Big Bang” was foiled in March 2005 when security forces raided an RSM safehouse in Fairview, Quezon City and seized some 600 kilograms of explosives intended for the planned RSM bombing missions.

Ayeras is listed in the Interpol-UN Security Council Special Notice for individuals and entities associated with Al-Qaida and the Taliban.

Pursuant to Security Council Resolution 1267 (1999) and successor resolutions, including resolution 1822 (2008), Ayeras is under the following UN Sanctions: Freezing of Assets, Travel Ban and Arms Embargo.

Ayeras has the following permanent reference number on the list maintained by the UN Security Council Al-Qaida and Taliban Sanctions Committee (1267 Committee) which appears in the Special Notice for this subject: QI.A.248.08. Verlin Ruiz


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