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Thursday, June 8, 2017

Former Marawi Mayor linked to Maute attack arrested


Former husband of actress and politician Alma Moreno was arrested at a checkpoint in Misamis Oriental on June 7, 2017 (Wednesday) for inciting rebellion.

Regional police spokesman Supt. Lemuel Gonda explained that former Marawi City Mayor Fajad Salic was arrested at checkpoint because of a pending arrest order because of Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code or “Rebellion or Insurrection”.

"Hinuli siya dahil may arrest order siya na pending na inisyu ng Department of National Defense," Gond said and adding that , “iyung arrest order number 2 na kasali iyung pangalan niya, gawa nung rebolusyon na kaso sa Marawi incident."

Salic’s pick-up truck was also confiscated by the police.

Salic staunchly denies having partook in any rebellion that led to the Maute group siege.

"Hindi ko po alam basta ang pagkaalam ko pinara ako at sinabi na baba ka muna dahil nandito ka sa arrest order number 2," Salic explained and added that, “wala po. Hindi pa nagsisimula yung kaguluhan sa Marawi nasa Maynila na ako."

Article 134 states "the crime of rebellion or insurrection is committed by rising and taking arms against the Government for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to said Government or its laws."

Salic said he was even angry at the ongoing siege in his city, underlining that having served as mayor for three terms has made everyone family to him.

"Sinong natibong taga-Marawi na hindi galit? Wala po kaming mabalikan doon. Three terms akong naging mayor ng Marawi. Sinong tao diyan na hindi ko kamag-anak? Sino bang tao diyan na hindi ko naging supporter? Lahat ng tao na nasiraan puro ko kababayan," he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had previously tagged Salic as involved in the illegal drug trade, but Salic explains that he had already surrendered to the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency.

"Nung nasabi na kasali ako noon, nag-surrender po ako. Nagpunta ako ng DILG Central Office. Nagpirma po ako ng waiver na magpaimbestiga ako. So hanggang ngayon 'di ko po alam at hinahanap ko sa sarili ko hindi ako involve ng drugs," he said.


Source: ABS-CBN News


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