Carbon cites status quo in raps vs jailed MNLFs PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 19 September 2017 16:34

City Legal Officer Jesus C. Carbon Jr. yesterday cited a status quo in the rebellion charges and violations of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) that the city of Zamboanga represented by Mayor Beng Climaco had filed against the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members led by Chairman Nur Misuari who perpetuated the Zamboanga siege in 2013.

While he admitted that the judge hearing the cases had already approved the plea bargaining agreement, which in effect downgraded the rebellion charges and IHL violations to only sedition, Atty. Carbon said the Department of Justice has up to this time not yet filed its comment on the matter.

Carbon emphasized that violations of the International Humanitarian Law are penalized under a special law, while rebellion charges are penalized under the Philippines’ Revised Penal Code.

“May be this is what taking the DOJ sometime to file its comment whether or not to agree with the judge’s decision (approving the plea bargaining agreement with the accused MNLFs),” Carbon told the press briefing yesterday.

Early on, the city legal officer said RTC Judge Rowena San Pedro of Pasay City wanted the two cases for violations of IHL be also reduced to sedition to have similar category as that of rebellion charges already amended to sedition.

He said the city of Zamboanga remains firm in its opposition to any plea bargaining agreement with the accused MNLFs, otherwise the punishment will also be reduced—from life imprisonment to merely a prison term of four years.-(Vic Larato/PR)