THE Department of Justice (DOJ) panel of prosecutors has urged the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to enforce the arrest warrant of Sultan Yahya “Jerry” Tomawis, one of the respondents of the financial investment scams.
Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Edna Valenzuela, who led the panel of prosecutors on Friday, has called on all enforcement agencies, particularly the NBI, to arrest Tomawis.
“Sultan Yahya Tomawis is not off the hook and he can be arrested anytime, anywhere because his warrant still stands and (can be served),” Valenzuela told Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro in an interview on Friday.
Tomawis is the father-in-law of suspected scam leader Jachob “Coco” Rasuman who is now detained at the NBI in Manila.
There were reports that Tomawis was with her daughter, Princess, who is Rasuman’s wife when she was arrested in Quezon City two weeks ago.
But the Pasay City Police did not arrest Tomawis after he told policemen that he was already cleared from the case and that he doesn’t have any standing warrant.
There were reports that the elder Tomawis was present during the visit of President Benigno Aquino III in Marawi City on April 22. He was allegedly escorted by the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.
ALIF party-list Representative Acmad Tomawis is a brother of Sultan Yahya.
Tomawis and Rasuman’s investors are apprehensive that the government has been giving protection to the suspects than the safety of the victims.
One of the investors who requested anonymity disclosed that Rasuman has allegedly been given a special treatment at the detention facility of the NBI.
In Friday’s hearing, the prosecution panel finally presented complainant Naim Sampao in court and affirmed his affidavit of recantation, saying he is now determined to pursue the case against Tomawis.
Sampao told the court that he was pressured, and he and his family were being threatened at that time he decided to file an affidavit of desistance.
“The prosecution panel filed a motion for reconsideration against the dismissal of the case of Sultan Tomawis because of the affidavit of recantation of complainant Naim Sampao,” Valenzuela added.
The court’s order came after Sampao and other complainants Achmad Sangcaan filed their affidavit of desistance.
Valenzuela said Sampao filed his affidavit of recantation a day before the court ordered Tomawis’ dismissal.