By Jeffrey Damicog
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is considering filing charges against an overseas Filipino worker (OFW) for fabricating a report that his wife, his 19-year-old daughter and his daughter’s fiance were Sri Lankan terrorists seeking to bomb targets here in the country.
NBI spokesman and Deputy Director Ferdinand Lavin said the NBI plans filing charges against OFW Diosdado Manolette Mortalla Sto. Domingo for sending a June 7 e-mail to various government agencies including the office of NBI Director Dante Gierran.
“We are thinking of possibly filing charges against the e-mail sender because you cannot just play around with the security of the government,” Lavin told reporters about the OFW who works for a telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia.
Lavin said agents of the NBI’s Counter-Terrorism Division (CTD) was able to find and talk to Diosdado’s daughter, Victoria Sophia, and denied she and the two others are terrorists as claimed by her father’s e-mail.
“Her father does not approve of her relationship with her fiancé and her father wanted her to stay at the house of the relative of the father,” said Lavin.
However, Victoria, who has been in the Philippines since November and gave birth to a child, disobeyed her father and left their relative’s home on June 7, the day the e-mail was sent out.
“The email said that three suspected terrorist bombers are coming into the Philippines. One of them is already in the Philippines according to the e-mail,” Lavin said.
Aside from Victoria, the e-mail identified the terrorists as Diosdado’s wife Anarkalie Dulara Palliyaguruge Sto. Domingo and Victoria’s Sri Lankan fiancé Mark Kevin Samhoon, both of whom are not in the Philippines.
“When the NBI was able to locate her (Victoria), the NBI informed her that she is being sought for being a suspected terrorist, that’s according to the e-mail. She voluntarily appeared before the NBI with the CPD,” Lavin recounted.
Meanwhile, Lavin said the three have been cleared of any terrorist suspicion following confirmation that they have no records with the NBI, International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), and the intelligence community.
“When the operatives from the counter-terrorism division wanted to reach to the e-mail sender, the e-mail sender refused to provide valuable information and cooperate,” Lavin lamented.
Based on the sworn statement issued by Victoria before the NBI on July 22, Lavin said the father “cyberbulied his own daughter who was then a minor.”