Beng seeks transfer of Nur Misuari trial PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 11 October 2013 13:02

Mayor Beng Climaco strongly recommends the transfer of the hearing of the case against Nur Misuari and at least 60 other Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) members in relation to the 3-weeklong standoff in the city, citing security reasons.

This, as the Regional Trial Court on Wednesday (October 9) issued warrants of arrest for Misuari, Ustadz Habier Malik, Bas Arki and Assamin Hussin with no bail recommended. Misuari et al have been charged with rebellion/insurrection and violations of the international humanitarian law for the Zamboanga standoff starting September 9 that wrought devastations in the city.

Mayor Climaco is one of the petitioners representing the local government unit and the Sangguniang Panlungsod in the move to transfer the hearing of the outside of Zamboanga City. “It is a security threat on the lives of the people. The desire of the people of Zamboanga is to transfer the trial and the MNLF members detained in the city’s penal farm”.

On the other hand, the mayor hoped that the case against the perpetrators of the Zamboanga conflict will be pursued so that justice will be given to those affected and victimized.

“Ang ginagawa po natin ay hindi lang for whatever reasons but this is complying with the call of President Aquino na kailangang mabigyan ng hustisya ang lahat ng namatay sa Zamboanga siege”, the mayor, who is one of the complainants in the case, stressed.

She lamented that Zamboanguenos have been traumatized because of the constant bombardment due to the siege that has taken place. “We cannot just remove this nightmare in one sitting”.

Meanwhile, the charges against Misuari and the others were filed before the RTC last Monday, Oct. 7 by the Department of Justice, through Assistant City Prosecutors Gladdy S. Bernabe, Norma U. Usman, Alfredo E. Jimenez Jr., Associate Prosecution Attorney Nicolas L. Apolinario Jr. and City Procesutor Ricardo G. Cabaron.

In the three separate information filed in court, Misuari and his men are accused of rebellion for “conspiring and confederating together, mutually aiding and assisting with one another and also with others whose whereabouts and identities are still unknown, did then and there willfully, unlawfully and feloniously, help, support, promote, maintain, cause, direct, and/or command the said group to rise publicly and take arms against the Republic of the Philippines, or otherwise participate in such armed public uprising, by then and there attempting to hoist the MNLF flag in front of the Zamboanga City Hall to signify their declaration of independence from and for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to the Philippine government or its laws, part of its national territory the City of Zamboanga, specifically the barangays of Mariki, Rio Hondo, Sta. Barbara, Sta. Catalina, Kasanyangan, Talon-Talon and Mampang”. —Sheila Covarrubias