Alleged MNLF recruits face Rebellion charges PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 July 2017 13:35

By LIZA JOCSON

A total of 59 persons who claimed to be recruits of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) and who were held by authorities in Zamboanga city and Zamboanga  Sibugay  province last Tuesday have been flown to Manila yesterday to face Rebellion charges.

A report from the Western Mindanao Command said that the men were flown via a Philippine Air Force plane to Manila  for further questioning while Rebellion charges are being prepared against them.

The group was composed of 27 men who were rounded up at a residence in barangay Guiwan and another 32 who were accosted at a military checkpoint in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay.

The report said that the men were held for questioning for alleged covert acts tending to reinforce the Maute-ISIS terrorists fighting the government in Marawi city.

The group represented themselves as members of the MNLF who were headed to Camp Jabalnur in Lanao del Sur for training and integration into the MNLF.   They were also reportedly bringing military and police uniforms.

The MNLF denied connections with the group.

In an earlier interview with the men, a certain Faisal said that they came from several municipalities in Basilan and were recruited by a certain Sufian who will bring them to Lanao where they will be educated on Islamic teachings.

The group was said to have been staying at the Guiwan residence for five days before their presence was reported by barangay officials to the police.

“With Martial Law in force in entire Mindanao, we can  alidly restrict and effect arrests of suspicious persons and unscrupulous groups whose actions bear with the rebellion,” said Lt. Men Carlito Galvez Jr., Western Mindanao Command Chief.

“These two instances of arrest, and of the other group who knowingly misrepresented themselves to be soldiers and policemen on their way to Marawi city should allay the fears of our people of the likelihood of the rebellion in Marwi city spilling over to other places because the military and the police are doing their level best to contain it,”  Galvez added. (LAJ)