PNP chief hit for feigning ignorance on Misuari case PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 11:51



City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr. has expressed disbelief that the highest official of the Philippine National Police (PNP), Director General Ricardo Marquez does not know about the case or arrest warrant against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari.

“It’s impossible he does not know. I know he knows. He is just feeling ignorance that he doesn’t know,” Atty. Carbon said in disbelief during the press briefing in City Hall.

He said nobody in the PNP, let alone the chief himself cannot claim ignorance on Misuari’s arrest warrant in connection with the Zamboanga siege in 2013 “because the case is all over the country.”

Carbon further stressed that arrest warrants are furnished to the PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and all other law enforcement agencies in the country.

He said Misuari is among the almost 300 MNLFs accused of attacking Zamboanga City in 2013.

The case, however, is still pending at the Pasig Regional Trial Court, while most of the accused are locked up in Taguig jail, except Misuari, who until now remains free despite the warrant for his arrest.

As this developed, Mayor Beng Climaco has reiterated her call, cautioning Zamboangueño voters against national candidates favoring Misuari.

The chief executive reminded the Zamboangueños about the MNLF siege on Zamboanga that resulted in the deaths of innocent civilians, including children, police and military officers, and the thousands of internally displace persons.

“Even up to now we are very sensitive on matters that affect the security of the city. Never again can we allow any atrocities like that by the MNLF, and we hold the MNLF leadership accountable for the losses and destructions we suffered during the siege,” Climaco said during her weekly press briefing in City Hall.

She believed that the MNLF members, who came to Zamboanga to stage the attack, were duped by Misuari.

“They fought the battle for Misuari and now they are the ones languishing in jail, while he (Misuari) is enjoying freedom at the cost of the lives of innocent civilians,” she said, and even lamented the authorities’ apparent inability to serve the arrest warrant on the outlawed MNLF chairman.— Vic Larato