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DOJ releases Marawi Vice Mayor arrested for rebellion

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 15 March 2019 11:30 PM

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic

MANILA, Philippines – Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic has been ordered released on Friday after the Department of Justice (DOJ) said his case cannot be subject of an inquest.

Salic was arrested by military and police on Wednesday over rebellion charges after his name was included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order dated Sept. 4, 2017.

READ: Marawi Vice Mayor arrested over rebellion charges

He was brought to the DOJ on Friday supposedly for inquest proceeding for his alleged participation in the 2017 Marawi siege, but Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong said the procedure is not applicable in the case of Salic.

The State Prosecutor explained that an inquest only applies to warrantless arrest, when a crime is being committed, a person is about to commit a crime or those caught following a hot pursuit.

Ong also pointed out that the martial law arrest order has been revoked by Martial law Administrator, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana.

With Salic’s release, the complaint he is facing will have to go through a regular preliminary investigation. – Robie de Guzman

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Marawi vice mayor arrested over rebellion charges

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, 13 March 2019 08:33 PM

FILE PHOTO: A handcuffed man | Photo by Omar Sobhani /Reuters

Marawi City Vice Mayor Arafat Salic was arrested Wednesday morning over rebellion charges, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.

Salic was apprehended by military and police officers in a joint law enforcement operation conducted at the Marawi City hall.

“Salic is included in the Office of the Martial Law Administrator Arrest Order dated September 4, 2017 for rebellion case,” said Col. Romeo Brawner, 103rd Infantry Brigade Commander in a statement from the Philippine Army Wednesday.

No details on the case were provided as of posting time.

The Military said Arafat underwent custodial debriefing and medical check-up.

He is set to be turned over to police custody. – Robie de Guzman

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President Duterte wants to totally eradicate terrorism, rebellion – Palace

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 20 December 2018 05:15 PM


FILE PHOTO: President Rodrigo Duterte | PCOO\Rey Baniquet


MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte is serious in eradicating terrorism and rebellion in the country according to Malacanang.

Based on the report of Global Terrorism Index in 2018 by the Institute for Economics and Peace, the Philippines is ranked tenth among countries most-affected by terrorism.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that this is the reason for the Chief Executive’s martial law declaration in Mindanao and its extensions.

Panelo noted that the Duterte administration is not neglecting terrorism and the goal of the government to totally overpower rebellion through intensification of services to solve extreme poverty which is believed to cause uprising or armed struggle.

The spokesperson added that President Duterte remains “focused and steadfast in fulfilling his constitutional mandate to serve and protect the Filipino people.”  — UNTV News & Rescue



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DOJ junks rebellion charges against Najiya Maute

by admin   |   Posted on Saturday, 10 March 2018 04:14 AM

Mug shot of Najiya Maute (CIDG-ARMM)

MANILA, Philippines —The Department of Justice (DOJ) has dismissed complaints against the wife of one of the leaders of the terror group Maute-ISIS.

Based on the resolution penned by Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong, there is no sufficient evidence to file rebellion charges against Najiya Maute, the wife of Mohammad Khayyam Maute.

The DOJ explained that Najiya’s supposed delivery of food to members of the Maute group at a mosque in Marawi City is not a proof that she was involved in the rebellion.

The DOJ initially dismissed the complaints filed against her due to lack of evidence.

The agency gave the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) the chance to submit additional evidence, but they failed to attend the hearing last February. — UNTV News & Rescue

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