MANILA - Ely Pamatong, the alleged brains in the foiled Ninoy Aquino International Airport ((NAIA) Terminal 3 bombing, has been arrested Wednesday, right inside the airport that his group is accused of wanting to bomb.
Pamatong had just arrived at Terminal 2 of the airport from Cagayan de Oro City when he was arrested by elements of the National Bureau of Investigation.
The NBI said the arrest is not linked to the foiled bombing but to the "spike attack" of Pamatong's supporters on EDSA in 2004.
Pamatong rose to infamy in 2004 after his supporters scattered steel spikes on EDSA following his derailed presidential bid.
Pamatong earlier claimed that the suspects in the foiled Sept. 1 bombing of the NAIA-3 were framed.
He said one of the suspects, Grandeur "Jojo" Guerrero, is his chief of staff in his organization called "United States Allied Freedom Fighters of the East (USAFFE).
Pamatong claimed that a military plot is behind the arrest of Guerrero, Emmanuel San Pedro, and Sonny Yohanon.
He alleged that Magdalo-affiliated soldiers framed up Guerrero. "He is one of the best persons and leaders I ever had for 12 years. Iyan ang chief-of-staff ko."
"He was framed by the Magdalo faction of Senator [Antonio] Trillanes," he claimed. "Kasi ito si Senator Trillanes, sa palagay ko agent yan ng China sa Pilipinas."
"Gusto nila sirain ang 'United States freedom fighter' [sic] dahil napakalaking million-march sa Davao for American [sic] and protest against China's occupation of Philippine territories," Pamatong alleged.
"That guy must be crazy but at least he betrayed the true intention of his latest stunt," he said in a text message to ABS-CBN News. With a report by Noel Alamar, radio DZMM