City did not oppose suspension of warrant vs Misuari-Lobregat Print
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:34

By Bhong Simbajon

The city government of Zamboanga did not present any opposition to a motion of a Pasig City court to suspend proceedings and the enforcement of a warrant of arrest against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) Chairman Nur Misuari in October 2016, according to Zamboanga lawmaker Celso Lobregat.

Based on the court resolution of Criminal Case No. 152737-39, the case filed against Misuari, two hearings on the said motion were held two times in October and all parties had been given a chance to give their comments.

Both the office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process (OPAPP) and the Department of Justice adopted the prayer sought in the motion as their own.

It was also recorded however that no one among the defense counsel nor the City of Zamboanga presented any opposition to the motion.

The motion sought to suspend proceedings and the warrants of arrest issued against Misuari to allow him to attend peace talks with the government.

The resolution further states that the preliminary procedural issue is whether Misuari can seek relief from the Court at this stage of the proceedings where there are outstanding warrants of arrest against the latter.

"If Mayor Beng Climaco, in her Independence Day message, was claiming that she is alone in the fight against the MNLF aggressors in 2013, what is she saying? The Court resolution states otherwise, it reads that the City of Zamboanga did not present any opposition to the Motion of the Court," Lobregat said.

The Pasig Regional Trial Court on October 27, 2016 decided to grant the Motion to Suspend Proceedings and Enforcement of Warrants of Arrest against Misuari for (6) months which was filed by Misuari and the Prosecution and  supported by OPAPP.

Pasig City RTC furnished a copy of the said resolution to Atty. Alfredo Jimenez, a legal counsel to Ma.Isabelle Climaco-Salazar-City Mayor of Zamboanga, Atty Jesus Carbon,Jr-City Legal Officer among others. (Bhong Simbajon/RMN News)