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Muslim Filipino rebels have helped Indonesian terror suspects evade capture by giving them refuge and access to weapons and funds in the southern Philippines, a government report said, on Monday 04/27/2009. 

The information was gleaned from a recently arrested rebel Omar Venancio, who told government interrogators that Indonesian terror suspect Umar Patek has established ties with Filipino militants in Southern Philippines.

Omar Venancio told interrogators that Umar Patek, who fled to southern Mindanao in 2003, had established links with at least five rebel groups in order to gain a safe haven for INDONESIAN JI.

Umar Patek and Dulmatin fled to Mindanao a year after allegedly helping mastermind the Bali ‘02 Bombings. They have remained in Mindanao since then, along with about 40 fellow INDONESIAN JI members, the military said.

Omar Venancio, a member of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front – MILF helped Umar Patek and other Indonesian radicals move around Mindanao, locating hide-outs and moving money through different bank accounts, the report said. 


Omar Venancio was arrested by government intelligence agents, in 01/2009, in southern Cotabato city along with Mokasid Dilna in connection with a killing apparently unrelated to the Muslim insurgency.

According to Omar Venancio, Patek and other Indonesians knew ranking commanders of the smaller but more brutal Abu Sayyaf group and the Rajah Solaiman Movement.

Omar Venancio was introduced to Umar Patek by Mokasid Dilna, a former Muslim rebel commander who led the Al-Khobar, a group blamed for bombing passenger buses for extortion.

MILF denied any links with Patek and foreign terrorist groups.

Omar Venancio said he received bomb-making training as a new rebel recruit in 1997 in a Moro Islamic Liberation Front camp in Mindanao. He trained with about 30 Indonesians and 10 Middle Eastern nationals.

MILF spokesman Eid Kabalu said Omar Venancio was a rebel who was expelled a few years ago from the group due to his involvement with Indonesian radicals.


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