Jimmy V. saddened by plea bargaining deal on MNLF case PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 20 August 2016 11:47

By R.G ANTONET GO

Former broadcast journalist and now councilor Jimmy Villaflores is saddened by a report that the court wants to enter into a plea bargaining agreement with  Zamboanga City  government regarding the case filed against Moro National Liberation members involved in the September 13 bloody siege.

“Triste kita cay we expect na cosa sila ya ase mirese para entra sila calaboso. Pero ta abla el corte tiene agreement para na plea bargaining but we have to respect the decision of the court,” Villaflores, himself a victim of the siege,  said in an interview.

He stressed that it was horrible what happened to the victims like the burning of houses, loss of properties, and the death and injuries suffered by many.

The councilor said that the city will probably elevate the case to the higher court through the Secretary of Justice.

“Sigi kita na decision del corte and we respect the decision but we will not go for plea bargaining,” Villaflores stressed.

In the plea bargaining agreement, those MILF involved in the siege will be sentenced to a lesser crime from rebellion to sedition which only has a penalty of three years and six months if guilty.

At present of the 222 accused, five are at large to include Habier Malik and Nur Misuari. 138 of the 222 were included in the plea bargaining agreement and another 84 might also be included.

The court will only try those accused in the siege with solid evidences and for Misuari, Villaflores said that the president has other plans for him.

Judge Rowena San Pedro is handling the case in  RTC Branch 158in Pasig City.

Recall that Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar as the main complainant is firm on her stand on the no to plea bargaining agreement. — R.G. A A. Go