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Tuesday, September 24, 2013
GOVERNMENT authorities will only arrest Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari once criminal charges have been filed against him but security forces have already tracked down his location.
"Bakit siya i-custody ng gobyerno? For what purpose? There are no charges yet… Nasa isla pa rin siya ng Sulu. Meron ng information kung saan ang specific location," Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) said on Tuesday.
Hataman said it is in Sulu where Misuari met with other MNLF fighters before they launched an attack on Zamboanga City last September 9. Sulu is also where Misuari's supposed independence declaration happened.
The Armm governor said Misuari promised P10,000 and a firearm each to the MNLF fighters who tried to take over the southern city. These MNLF members, Hataman said, were told that they were joining a peace march in Zamboanga.
Over the weekend, President Benigno Aquino III said the government is preparing charges against Misuari and other MNLF fighters over the Zamboanga siege.
Meanwhile, Hataman also said they received reports of the supposed P40 million, which went to a political officer of Misuari although they have no first-hand information on the matter.
But the governor noted that Misuari and his group would have had difficulties in launching such attack on Zamboanga without the necessary resources.
Former mutineers turned lawmakers earlier disclosed information that a P40-million fund was turned over to the MNLF-led Misuari as part of a destabilization plot to divert the public's attention from the multi-billion pork barrel controversy, involving present and former government officials.
Magdalo party-list Representatives Gary Alejano and Ashley Acedillo urged the Aquino administration to look into the matter although they refused to identify their sources.
"They were promised P10,000 na sumama doon and aside from that, I also received information na mayroong millions of pesos sa likod niyan. And most likely, mako-konek natin sa pork barrel issue," Alejano said.
Several members of Congress and other public officials have been tagged into the alleged misuse of priority development assistance funds (PDAF) or pork barrel. Billions of PDAF allegedly went to dubious non-government organizations set up by businesswoman Janet Lim-Napoles.
Zamboanga City Representative Celso Lobregat urged his colleagues representing the Magdalo party-list group to reveal their sources.
"Kung meron silang information, ilabas nila ano. Mahirap sabihin na may information, siyempre nakakataka na 16 araw na pero bakit hindi sila nauubusan ng bala? Sa'n sila kumukuha ng supply?" Lobregat said in a media briefing. (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)