Bomb plot suspect tracked via Facebook

Mohammad "Modie" Jumao-as' posts on Facebook led to his arrest at the hospital where he worked as an X-ray technician.
Mohammad "Modie" Jumao-as' posts on Facebook led to his arrest at the hospital where he worked as an X-ray technician.

MANILA • Philippine police tracked down a third suspect in a foiled bomb plot against the US Embassy in Manila through Facebook, garnering leads from Mohammad "Modie" Jumao-as' activities on the social media website, police said yesterday.

National Capital Region Police Office director Oscar Albayalde and Manila Police District chief Joel Coronel presented the X-ray technician at a press conference yesterday after he was apprehended in Bulacan on Saturday.

Jumao-as was found at the hospital where he was employed, having gone there to collect his belongings after going into hiding, reported CNN.

Senior Superintendent Coronel said that the suspect's posts on his social media account led to his arrest as a "person of interest".

"Part of the investigation process we made is checking with social media. We know they are using Facebook and other platforms to disseminate their information. We are fortunate that he is registered as a user.

"That's why we can verify his status and activities," Senior Supt Coronel said.

He added that based on the suspect's posts, as well as tip-offs from their informants out in the field, the police were able to determine Jumao-as' links to the Al-Khilafa terror group in the Philippines.

Last week, the police arrested two other suspects in the attack - businessman Jiaher Guinar and Rayson Kilala, aka Rashid, an imam at a mosque in Bulacan, CNN reported.

Two other suspects are at large, with one believed to have returned to Mindanao and the other believed to be in Metro Manila or nearby provinces.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 08, 2016, with the headline 'Bomb plot suspect tracked via Facebook'. Print Edition | Subscribe