But many are asking if Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi was executed by security forces President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo hailed the slaying of top regional terrorist Fathur Rohman al-Ghozi yesterday, but even pro-government politicians raised questions about whether security forces had summarily executed him. Mrs Arroyo flew to North Cotabato province in Mindanao yesterday to view personally the body of the Indonesian militant who embarrassed her administration by walking out of a maximum-security jail in Manila in July just as the president was discussing a crackdown on international terrorism with Australian Prime Minister John Howard. She said: 'The death of al-Ghozi signals that terrorists will never get far in the Philippines, and that the long arm of the law will eventually get them. 'This should lift much of the anxieties of our people,' Mrs Arroyo added in an apparent reference to US President George W. Bush's visit to the Philippines on Saturday. 'We have now accounted for all three fugitives from justice who escaped from detention 13 weeks ago, and neutralised any threat that could have been posed by them.' Mrs Arroyo was referring to two other inmates who fled with Ghozi on July 14. Abdulmukim Edris was killed on August 7. Police said he tried to grab a soldier's gun after being nabbed at a roadblock. The third escapee, Omar Opik Lasal, alias Marang Abante, was captured on October 8 in Dumalinao town, Zamboanga del Sur, and is being interrogated. Ghozi escaped while serving a 12-year sentence for illegal possession of explosives and days before he was to be arraigned for five bombings on December 30, 2000, in Manila which killed 22 people. The self-confessed key Indonesian operative of Jemaah Islamiah was confirmed dead yesterday after the police said fingerprints matched their records. The 32-year-old terrorist met his death on Sunday night in what police described as a shootout. Philippine National Police Director General Hermogenes Ebdane said Ghozi and an unidentified companion were in a vehicle and started firing at police when they were stopped near the town of Pigcawayan, North Cotabato province. 'There was a brief firefight and only a few people could have witnessed the armed encounter because it was raining hard at that time,' Mr Ebdane said. But North Cotabato governor Manuel Pinol disputed the story yesterday: 'We believe no encounter happened that night.' A doctor who declared Ghozi dead on arrival at Midsayap General Hospital, where civilians brought his body, said it bore 'three gunshot wounds in the chest, one in the abdomen and one in the lower extremities'. Mr Pinol accused the police of arresting and killing Ghozi elsewhere, then staging a mock encounter in his province. Two prominent pro-administration politicians echoed Mr Pinol's suspicions. Senate defence committee chairman Ramon Magsaysay claimed a summary execution could have occurred and called for a probe. Senate justice committee chairman Francis Pangilinan expressed dismay over Ghozi's death, saying he could have been pumped for information. He had confessed to getting orders from Osama bin Laden's suspected point man in Southeast Asia, Riduan Isamuddin.