The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday dismissed criminal charges against 59 members of the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) accused of taking part in the siege of Zamboanga City in September 2013.
In a 63-page resolution, the DOJ ruled there is no probable cause to make the charges stick and asked the Pasig City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 158 to drop the case.
The respondents were charged with rebellion/insurrection and violations of the Philippine Act on Crimes Against International Humanitarian Law, Genocide, and Other Crime Against Humanity (Republic Act (RA) 9851).
The charges against more than 200 others, including MNLF founding chairman Nur Misuari and Commander Habier Malik, stay.
The DOJ resolution was signed and approved by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano, DOJ Senior Deputy State Prosecutor Richard Anthony Fadullon; Assistant State Prosecutors Niven Canlapan and Aristotle Reyes; Prosecution Attorney Cesar Angelo Chavez 3rd; and Regional Prosecutor Peter Medalle.
Cleared were Rommel Sadjail, Abdah Nassal y Sarawi, Mahmud Pilla y Jamsani, Jubirna Akdam Salapuddin y Asamuddin, Amor “Almusrin” Salapuddin y Asanji, Algapur Miraji y Saliddin, Gapal Akilin Maulamin, Jerry Muloc Lumunah, Almobar Ladjid aka “Ladjid Almobar,” Nadzmir Sahipa Jakiri, Abdullah Jasani, Al Jeffrey Jikiri, Bensar Jamir, Radzmel Hamjane y Baren, Jomar Ibno, Julhalim Paradji, Talib Lipae, Adzmey Tuwa, Lali Ladjahali, Ronny Hasim, Munadjalin Ismael, Jimmy Jully, Jul Majid Maga, Abdulmakar M. Madjiran, Muhaimen A. Munap, Tambi Nasibun, Hadji Ambie Jailani, Jailani Melek Suang (Milik Jailani), Jailani Saddam Suang, Misba Baladji, Jamad Usman, Loging Ambulah, Amil Nulun Misong, Muksin Tahil, Gappad Jahali, Umbra Usman Jamaluddin, Idday Abbas, Abdil Sahibni, Abdurajal Jailani Abdurasid, Abdurakman Handa, Hadji Dasa Arasain, Eggat Harun, Sattar Maulana, Mojibal Lira (Mudibar Otab Lera), Hasim Jamil Maid, Amil Abdurasid, Suwaib Sabdani, Hussin Susulan, Faiddan Susulan, Dodong Bahari y Martinez, Alkhan Ibrahim, Saddam Mujalla, Aljeffrey Karain Jikiri, Arthur Alih y Musa, Majid Aranan, Kamarpasa Jaalam, Zaldy Kissae Khasim, Nash Majahibin Tarang, Bensar Hashim y Sahijal, and Benhur Asmawil Musa.
The DOJ said the criminal liability of each respondent was not clearly shown because “there was no positive identification by any of the civilian witnesses presented by the complainant [Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group Region 9].”
It said the only proof against the respondents were affidavits of arrest executed by the military and police.
The justice department said the withdrawal of the case still rests with the lower court.