“He is just a tourist and not a terrorist.”
This is what the 20-year old Spanish national has to say in response to the charges filed against him before the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Assisted by a lawyer from the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO), Abdelhakim Labidi Adib submitted his counter-affidavit and sought the dismissal of illegal possession of explosives complaint.
He denied owning the bag which the army special forces claimed to contain two grenades and other components of an explosive device.
He said he has no links to Abu Sayyaf or other Islamic terrorist groups and that he is an atheist.
“He is young. That’s why he is adventurous. He was in Basilan because of a friend he knew in Cagayan de Oro,” said PAO Atty. Jonalyn Barquez.
Adib narrated that he was just walking with a male companion when he was arrested in Basilan.
He said he only knew him as “Abuzaid” whom he met in Cagayan de Oro City.
Also, there was no checkpoint and the two of them were arrested and the military took their bags.
This contrary to the claim of the army that his companion escaped from the checkpoint.
“He has a guide. He has a companion during the time he was arrested but that companion is already gone and he was not charged with anything,” Barquez said.
Adib admitted that he had the idea of going to the Philippines for a long time after hearing positive reviews about tourist destinations in the country and the Filipino hospitality.
He said “Abuzaid” invited him to visit the Yakan Tribe in the jungles of Basilan and he agreed.
“He has nothing to do with them. And that is merely a hearsay because there is no evidence,” Barquez added.
He said that at first, they were nice to him but some people in the tribe took his cellphone, money and other personal belongings.
Finding the place uncomfortable, he decided to go home and got arrested while on his way to Zamboanga.
The DOJ Prosecutor has now submitted his case for resolution. – Roderick Mendoza | UNTV News & Rescue