A suspected Australian extremist who was arrested in Cebu and deported last month broke his silence Monday and denied involvement in alleged terrorist activities.
In posts on his Twitter account, Musa Cerantonio denied recruiting supporters for the Islamic State group, particularly in Sulu and Basilan.
"I have never been to either place, nor did I ever 'recruit' anyone," he said.
He added even the Philippine National Police said it had "no proof of any such 'recruitment,'" yet this "fantasy spreads among shoddy journalists."
Cerantonio was arrested in Cebu last July and was eventually deported.
He had allegedly supported "fighters" in Syria and Iraq, and was accused of using the Internet to promote extremism.
In arresting Cerantonio in Cebu, Philippine police and immigration teams served a warrant of deportation against him.
But his companion Joan Montayre insisted he was innocent and that it was unfair to link him to terrorism, according to a report by GMA Cebu's Bexmae Jumao-as and Alan Domingo.