THE Supreme Court has ordered the transfer of trial of the case against Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leaders and members from Taguig City to Pasig City in Metro Manila for security reasons.
In a full court decision dated April 1, 2014, the tribunal adopted the recommendation of the Office of the Court Administrator (OCA) in con–nection with its request for transfer of venue of cases against suspected MNLF rebels in the attempt to take over Zamboanga City.
The court “noted the letter dated March 3, 2014 of Judges Lorifel Lacal Pahimna and Leili Cruz Suarez, Presiding Judges of Branches 69 and 163, respec–tively, RTC [Regio- nal Trial Court], stationed in Taguig City.”
The SC amended its reso–lution dated October 17, 2013 granting the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to transfer the venue of the case against leaders and members of the MNLF by changing or transferring the venue of the subject case from Taguig City to Pasig City.
In the new resolution signed by clerk of court Enriqueta Vidal, the 15-man tribunal “directed the executive judge of RTC, Pasig City, to case the raffle of the subject cases among the courts designated to hear family court cases, namely: Branches 158 and 261 in Pasig City; Branches 69 and 163, stationed in Taguig City; and Branch 162, stationed in San Juan City.”
The DOJ revealed that more than 200 members of the MNLF have been charged with rebellion charges for the deadly standoff between the rebel group and government security forces in Zamboanga City.
Charged with rebellion charges and violation of Republic Act 9851 or crimes against humanity are MNLF founding chairman Nur Mi–suari, his right-hand man Habier Malk and several others.
The department has alrea- dy indicted a total of 280 respondents.