ILIGAN CITY – Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm) Governor Mujiv Hataman said he has ordered the police regional director to verify the alleged execution of four rape suspects in Marawi City Monday night.
In a text message sent to Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro Tuesday, Hataman said he was still waiting for the report of the Philippine National Police (PNP) with regard to the alleged execution.
The suspects were released by Marawi city police Monday evening and hours later the four were allegedly executed by shooting.
Lanao del Sur Police Director Agustin Tello told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro by phone Tuesday morning that the suspects were released at 9 p.m. Monday. They were detained for 36 hours and released since charges weren’t filed against them.
Tello said the suspects were released after the given regulatory period lapsed since there were no complaints filed from the victim’s family.
“The suspects were turned over to their relatives in Marawi City," said Tello adding, "We are still verifying the reports on the veracity of the information of the alleged killing of the four suspects.”
Police identified the suspects as Jabbar Macacua, Salman Sambitory, Jalil Sani, and Elias Pimping.
The suspects were accused of burglary, rape, and homicide. They allegedly burned the house including the 15-year-old victim who they allegedly raped.
Lanao del Sur Police reported that a fire broke out in Barangay East Basak. The city’s Bureau of Fire Protection declared a fire out by 1:30 p.m.
Earlier, Marawi City Mayor Sultan Fajad "Pre" Salic ordered the police to arrest the suspects.
Lieutenant Colonel Roseller Murillo, 103rd Brigade commander in Kampo Ranao based in Marawi City, said "the military troops are conducting security measures amid tension that is gripping the city".