Marawi vice mayor arrested over rebellion charges

Robie de Guzman   •   March 13, 2019   •   1512

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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Continuing the legacy: 3 widows of Marawi heroes join the military

Aileen Cerrudo   •   October 25, 2019

Three widows of Marawi heroes are now ready to continue the legacy of their husbands who sacrificed their lives for the liberation of Marawi in 2017.

Private Grace P. Allaga, wife of late Corporal Ardnie R. Allaga, Private Merzie G. Rogador, wife of late Private First Class Eldon C. Rogador, and Private Christine Mary E. Montero, wife of late Corporal Marjone G. Montero are now considered enlisted military personnel after finishing the candidate soldier course.

They are among the 749 new soldiers who underwent and finished the four-month candidate soldier course conducted by the 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division under the Philippine Army.—AAC

DOJ releases Marawi Vice Mayor arrested for rebellion

Robie de Guzman   •   March 15, 2019

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

NEDA: Rebuilding Marawi to cost P53.4B excluding ‘ground zero’

Marje Pelayo   •   May 22, 2018

FILE PHOTO: Community leaders survey damaged houses and buildings inside war-torn Marawi, Philippines January 13, 2018. REUTERS/Tom Allard

 

MANILA, Philippines – The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) estimates that the government will have to allot P53.4 billion for the rehabilitation of the conflict-torn city.

However, the fund does not cover the amount needed for the repair of the entire ground zero or the most damaged area in the city.

NEDA said a huge chunk of the P53 billion has to be used this year. It will cover the more than 800 priority programs, projects and activities the government target to finish until 2022.

“We have something to start with, I think that’s the most important thing, we’re for almost half of the year over. Getting started is what is important,” said NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia.

In NEDA’S breakdown, P26.148 billion is needed for physical infrastructure; P5.867 billion for social services and more than P10.383 billion for housing settlements; P7.765 billion  for livelihood and business development; P1.251 billion for local governance and peace-building and P2.004 billion for land resource and management.

The agency noted three fund sources for the rehabilitation of Marawi city. First is from the 2018 National Budget and second is from donations of private and non-government agencies, non-profit organizations. The fund can also be sourced from the official development assistance (ODA.)

Figures presented by NEDA showed that a huge part of the P53 billion will come from the fund of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund that reaches P24.8 billion. The other needed amount will be taken from other sectors.

NEDA said the estimated fund for the rehabilitation might still increase depending on the recommendations of stakeholders.

Despite this, NEDA is confident that the government can address concerns regarding the restoration of Marawi City to its former glory before the Maute siege.

“You know the leadership is determined to get Marawi back on its feet…”Bangon Marawi”  ang tawag. There are commitments,” concluded Pernia. — Joan Nano | UNTV News & Rescue

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