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American’s link to blast probed

The assistant legal attaché of the United States Embassy, who came to Bacolod City yesterday, has gathered evidences for the filing of charges against an American national, believed to be linked to some rebel personalities in Mindanao.

Senior Supt. Edgardo Ordaniel, acting officer-in-charge of the Bacolod City Police Office, said James Windsor, the deputy attaché of the US Embassy who is also connected to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed yesterday that the FBI and the Central Intelligence Agency identification cards seized from the house of Daniel Cruz Xavier on March 27, this year were not authentic.

Ordaniel said charges for possession of fake IDs and passport are being readied by the FBI against him in the US.

He said that, aside from the IDs, Windsor also procured copies of the arrest warrants for estafa and illegal possession of firearms charges against Xavier, who is linked to some personalities in Mindanao like Nur Misuari, a Moro politician, the founder and leader of the Moro National Liberation Front.

“They have documents on hand showing that Xavier is connected to some personalities in Mindanao”, Ordaniel said.

Xavier, who was also linked by the police to the Ozamiz robbery group earlier, had posed as a United Nations secret agent and had rented a house in Purok Matiayon in Brgy. Singcang-Airport, Bacolod, where the police recovered two high-powered firearms, several bullets, and tools used for making fake IDs, police records show.

Ordaniel said Xavier was last seen in Jolo, Sulu and the police are investigating if he is, indeed, connected with rebel groups involved in terrorism in the southern Philippines.

Meanwhile, Ordaniel also said they are also trying to see if Xavier is involved in the Cagayan de Oro blast recently, since he has facial similarities to the computer-generated profile of one of the suspects in the bombing released by the PNP.*SGG

Computer-generated profile of one of the suspects in the Cagayan de Oro blast on July 26, this year*

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