• Another Maguindanao massacre suspect apprehended

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    Another suspect in the “Maguindanao Massacre” case was arrested by elements of the provincial intelligence team unit 15 in Barangay Limpongo Datu Hoffer, Maguindanao.

    With the arrest of massacre suspect Abas Anongan, Supt. Alan Abalos Ladra chief of the regional intelligence unit 15 has sought before Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes of the Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 a commitment order for the detention of the accused in the jail facility at Camp Bagong Diwa.

    Anongan is now under the custody of the police unit while awaiting the commitment of the massacre suspect to the Quezon City Jail Annex in Bicutan, Taguig City.

    Ladra informed the court that Anongan is also known for his aliases Abas Andongan, Abas Gani Abutasil and Abas Gani Abutazil.

    Earlier Solis-Reyes ordered the release from detention of another accused who was erroneously arrested in connection with the “Maguindanao Massacre” case.

    In a four-page order, Solis-Reyes ordered the release of Rene Matuti after his motion to dismiss was granted by the local court.

    Matuti’s Public Attorney’s Office lawyer Laguindab Marohombsar filed the motion claiming that the court has no jurisdiction over Matuti as he is not Dexson Saptula who is the one charged for the November 23, 2009 killing of 58 persons in Maguindanao.

    Records showed that arresting officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao had categorically admitted that Dexson Saptula alias Mohammad Adam is the real accused in the multiple murder case based on the pieces of evidence available on record.

    “The allegations in the manifestation of the prosecution and the investigation report of PNP-CIDG are in unison in stating that the real Dexson Saptula charged is Mohammad Adam and not Rene Matuti,” as stated in the motion.

    Marohombsar added that the records of the case would also show that the identity of Matuti was never stipulated by the defense as the accused Dexson Saptula, for the reason that he is not the person being charged.

    Court records further showed that operatives of CIDG-Region 12 first arrested Matuti on July 18, 2012.

    In November 2013, the court received a return of the warrant of arrest from the CIDG-ARMM informing the arrest of Dexson Saptula alias Mohammad Adam who was arrested on November 9, 2013.

    In her order, Reyes ruled that the prosecution of Matuti must be necessarily stopped following the established fact that he was erroneously arrested by a different team of law enforcers and who made it appear before the court that he is accused Dexson Saptula.

    “Given the admission made by the CIDG officers who at this instance are regularly performing their official duties that Rene Matuti is not Dexson Saptula, the subject of warrant of arrest and with the arrest of Dexson Saptula alias Mohammad Adam, it behooves this Court to see to it that no injustice is done to an innocent man like Rene Matuti. Ergo, the latter must be set free,” the order stated.

    In the same order, Reyes ordered the issuance of commitment order against Mohammad Adam, who is now detained in Maguindanao.

    Reyes has also ordered the immediate release from detention, accused Jun Aliman, who was previously identified as Sahid Guiamadel.

    She said reasonable doubt clouds the inference that Aliman is the same person as Guiamadel, who was among those charged with 58 counts of murder in connection with the Maguindanao massacre.

    The order for the release of Aliman, who was arrested on December 14, 2011 in Kidapawan City, came months after CIDG came up with a report saying his arrest was a case of mistaken identity.

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