Misuari to be charged for Zamboanga siege-A A +A
Friday, September 27, 2013
MANILA -- Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said Friday that Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari will be charged for the ongoing armed crisis in Zamboanga City that has been perpetrated by his men.
Misuari will be facing cases of rebellion and violation of International Humanitarian Law or Republic Act 9851 on the ground of command responsibility.
Other MNLF leaders like Habier Malik who took part in the attempt to seize control of the city will be charged, De Lima said.
Meanwhile, De Lima declined to confirm if a manhunt operation has been launched to arrest Misuari, who is said to be hiding in Sulu.
"I'm not sure if that is something to be shared publicly. I'm not in a position to answer that," she said.
De Lima earlier formed a five-man panel of prosecutors to gather statements and evidence against the MNLF rebels. The Department of Justice was also planning to ask the Supreme Court to transfer the venue of trial of cases either in Metro Manila or Visayas to ensure the safety of witnesses.
As of Thursday night, the Philippine National Police said 202 MNLF members were arrested and 24 surrendered. About 121 rebels have been killed in the nearly three-week standoff. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)