NARRATIVE SUMMARIES OF REASONS FOR LISTING
QI.S.244.08. HILARION DEL ROSARIO SANTOS III
Date on which the narrative summary became available on the Committee’s website: 7 May 2009
Hilarion Del Rosario Santos III was listed on 4 June 2008 pursuant to paragraphs 1 and 12 of resolution 1735 (2006) as being associated with Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden or the Taliban for “participating in the financing, planning, facilitating, preparing, or perpetrating of acts or activities by, in conjunction with, under the name of, on behalf of, or in support of” and “recruiting for” the Abu Sayyaf Group (QE.A.1.01), Jemaah Islamiyah (QE.J.92.02) and the Rajah Solaiman Movement (QE.R.128.08).
Hilarion Del Rosario Santos III is the founder and leader of the Rajah Solaiman Movement (RSM) (QE.R.128.08). He actively recruited members of the organization and succeeded in raising funds for various RSM projects, including from the International Islamic Relief Organization, Philippines, Branch Offices (QE.I.126.06). He also acquired skills in the manufacture of bombs and improvised explosive devices. After founding the RSM in January 2002, he permitted and even directed its members to be deployed by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) (QE.A.1.01) and Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) (QE.J.92.02) as bombers or in support roles. Santos has been involved in the planning of bombing attacks against Philippines and non-Philippines civilians and in the stockpiling of weapons to conduct such operations.
In May 2002, he was directed by JI operative Fathur Rohman al-Ghozhi (deceased) to launch terrorist attacks in Metro Manila to support the terrorist activities of JI and the ASG. The RSM members tasked by Santos to launch the attacks were arrested by Philippines security forces before they were able to execute their plans.
Santos recruited Angelo Ramirez Trinidad (QI.T.241.08) to the RSM in 2002 and subsequently instructed him to undergo a demolition and explosives training course in 2004 conducted by JI in camp Jabal Quba. Santos himself attended training courses on explosives which were facilitated by JI in Liguasan Marsh, Maguindanao. One of his instructors was Joko Pitono a.k.a. Dulmatin (deceased).
Santos was responsible for planning operation “Big Bang”, which was foiled by Philippines authorities in 2005. The concept of the operation was to target the Embassy of the United States of America and business establishments in Ermita, Manila, which were frequented by foreigners, particularly Americans, with a vehicle rigged with explosives. The attack was planned by the RSM, on behalf of JI and the ASG, at a meeting presided over by Santos in August 2004 in Baranguay Dita, Sta Rosa, Laguna. Santos selected the RSM members that were to execute the plan. Upon instructions from Santos, an RSM operative, Ricardo Perez Ayeras (QI.A.248.08), rented a car and used it to transport explosives acquired from illegal explosives manufacturers in Bulacan to a safe house in Pasig City, and then to Fairview, Quezon City. In March 2005, the Philippines authorities recovered 650 kilograms of explosives and components for improvised explosive devices from an apartment rented by the RSM in Lilac Street, Fairview, Quezon City. RSM member Pio Abogne De Vera (QI.D.245.08) admitted that the material was for operation “Big Bang”.
Related listed individuals and entities:
Abu Sayyaf Group (QE.A.1.01), listed on 6 October 2001
Jemaah Islamiyah (QE.J.92.02), listed on 25 October 2002
International Islamic Relief Organization, Philippines, Branch offices (QE.I.126.06), listed on 4 August 2006
Rajah Solaiman Movement (QE.R.128.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Khadafi Abubakar Janjalani (QI.J.180.04), listed on 22 December 2004
Jainal Antel Sali Jr. (QI.S.209.05), listed on 6 December 2005
Angelo Ramirez Trinidad (QI.T.241.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Dinno Amor Rosalejos Pareja (QI.P.242.08.), listed on 4 June 2008
Feliciano Semborio Delos Reyes Jr. (QI.D.243.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Pio Abogne De Vera (QI.D.245.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Redendo Cain Dellosa (QI.D.246.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Ruben Pestano Lavilla Jr. (QI.L.247.08), listed on 4 June 2008
Ricardo Perez Ayeras (QI.A.248.08), listed on 4 June 2008