MANILA (Mabuhay) — The Department of Justice recommended the dropping of rebellion charges against 59 suspected members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) in connection with the Zamboanga seige last year.
A source said most of the 59 accused were caught during the crossfire between the rebels and military and were mistakenly identified as MNLF members.
“Yung iba, wala talagang ebidensya,” the source said. The Pasig Regional Trial Court who is handling the case asked the Armed Forces of the Philippines to comment on the DOJs recommendation.
“It is up to the court to dismiss the charges against the 59 or not,” the official said. The 59 accused are among the 284 charged with rebellion.
Among the accused are MNLF founding chair Nur Misuari and MNLF Commanders Ustadz Habier Malik, Bas Arki and Assamin Hussin. All of them are still in hiding. (MNS)