Court convicts woman in Guiwan bombing PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 11:01

by  Claudine Uniana

The Regional Trial Court (RTC) has convicted one of the perpetrators in the Guiwan bombing  early this year that resulted in the death of two persons and the wounding of dozens of others.

RTC Branch 16 Presiding Judge Catherine C Fabian convicted Hadja Babylin Muallam y Jul guilty beyond reasonable doubt for illegal possession of firearm and ammunition, a violation under Sec. 31 of R.A. No. 10591.

Zamboanga City Police Director Sr. Supt. Angelito Casimiro personally broke the good news to members of the local media during the regular press briefing held yesterday at City Hall.

Muallam has been sentenced to an indeterminate penalty of six (6) months of Arresto Mayor as minimum and four (4) years and two (2) months of prision correccional as maximum prison term. In addition, she stands to pay the fine of ten thousand pesos (P10,000) with the confiscation of one (1) unit M16MOD-A-15963250 inserted with magazine loaded with seventeen (17) rounds of live ammunition fitted with sniper scope in favor of the government.

On January 23, 2015, a bomb exploded in front of the Fantacy Disco Pub along MCLL Highway resulting to the death of two persons and the injury of several others.

Investigators determined that a vehicle borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) containing “three (3) 60mm mortar rounds with explosive filler TNT and concealed inside the back compartment of a red Mitsubishi Lancer with plate no. JVJ-717 caused the explosion.”

After establishing probably cause based on evidences, testimonies of witnesses and information filed by the Zamboanga City Police Office, the panel of city prosecutors on June 17 accused Muallam and her cohorts “Aldamer Sahibuddin y Jul, Nidz Asmad a.k.a. ‘Nidz Ahamad’ a.k.a. ‘Midel Isnaji’ and Muammar Askali a.k.a. ‘Abu Rami/Ams’ of the crime of double murder and multiple frustrated murder under Criminal Case No. 30983.”

A warrant has also been issued by Presiding Judge Peter V Eisma for the arrest of Asmad and Askali who are said to be in Jolo, Sulu for double murder and multiple frustrated murder with no bail bond recommendation, according to Casimiro. —Claudine Uniana