Inquest proceedings on 284 MNLF rebs continue PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 10 October 2013 11:34

City Prosecutor Ricardo Cabaron yesterday disclosed that a total of 284 MNLF rebels are now detained at the San Ramon Prison. Most of them were arrested and captured by government forces, while others surrendered during the more than three weeks of fighting in Barangay Sta. Catalina and Sta. Barbara starting September 9.

Cabaron said that preliminary investigation and inquest proceedings of the case against the captured and surrenderedMNLF rebels continued up to yesterday by the  City Prosecutor’s Office and investigators.

He said the investigation of the case is long process because of the big number of suspects involved.

The government has filed a criminal case against MNLF Chairman Nurulah P. Misuari  also known as Nur Misuari, Commander Habier Malik and others for the crime of rebeliion under the Revised Penal Code of the Philippines and R.A. 9851 known as the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide and other  Crimes against humanity. The case against the rebels is docketed as Criminal Case Numbers are 28212, 28213 and 28214.

The three-week crisis started after MNLF rebels who are followers of Misuari laid siege to six barangays triggering senseless killing of people including soldiers, policemen and civilians many of whom were taken hostage and  some were caught in the crossfire. The fighting destroyed billions of pesos worth of properties, caused the displacement of thousands of people and hampered the city’s economic activities. — Allen Abastillas