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Tuesday, 13 August 2013 12:07
Why were these Abu Sayyaf bombers released from jail?
On behalf of the bereaved families and victims of bombings and kidnappings in Mindanao and in the interest truth and justice, the undersigned civil society organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates strongly call for an immediate and impartial investigation over the suspicious release from detention of high-valued Abu Sayyaf inmates from the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) of Bicutan Jail sometime in February 2013 through the alleged “facilitation” of a very powerful politician from Sulu.
While Mindanaoans are terrorized with the spate of bombings now rocking the fledgling peace in Mindanao, it is highly repulsive and mind-boggling why national agencies of government like the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), which is under the Office of the President, and the Task Force on Anti-Terrorism of the Department of Justice allowed the release of highly dangerous terrorists who made no qualms that they are involved in bombings and kidnappings.
On February 7, 2013, national print and online media outfits reported the order of the Department of Justice to release 18 suspected Abu Sayyaf men allegedly wrongfully accused of kidnapping as “There appears to be no proof of their participation in the kidnapping much less evidence of their purported membership in the Abu Sayyaf Group.”  The 18 were charged for the kidnapping and beheading of Jehovah’s Witness/Almeda Group members in 2002.  Because of the dropping of their criminal charges by the DOJ, these 18 walked to freedom on February 15, 2013.
What is shocking is that barely a month from their release from prison, four of these 18 suspects, namely Muhammad Sali Said, Robin Sahiyal, Julhamad Ahad and Mujibar Amon were presented before the Regional Trial Court of Manila-Branch 19 as witnesses of Governor Abdusakur Tan in criminal cases which he has filed against a known human rights defender from Sulu.
In open court, these men have admitted that they are bombers, kidnappers and proud active members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.  Sali Said, the star witness produced by the Governor, admitted that he was released from prison through the help of the lawyer of the governor who offered to help him “process (his) papers for release” on the condition that his group will agree to stand as false witnesses for the governor.
Why these Abu Sayyaf inmates released from prison is the biggest question that up to now the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Department of Justice refuse to answer.   Who repackaged these highly dangerous terrorists to fall under the legal assistance program of the NCMF and made them appear as innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity?  While we are of course supportive of this type of programs as there are indeed hundreds of innocent detainees now languishing in jail, we strongly condemn the act of “inserting” into the list of innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity—the names of at least four Abu Sayyaf bombers and kidnappers, namely Robin Sahiyal, Muhammad Sali Said and Julhamad Ahadi who walked to freedom last February 15, 2013.
While our young soldiers are risking their lives and limbs running after the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, it is simply sickening to the senses and a complete mockery of justice to find our own national agencies like the NCMF and DOJ providing free legal assistance to high-valued terrorists, bombers and kidnappers?  How can we ever reconcile the use of taxpayers’ money to set free the Abu Sayyaf Group?  How can NCMF and DOJ ever miss the sea of difference between an innocent Muslim wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity and the solid intelligence dossier of these hard core terrorists?
Who placed the names of these terrorists into the list of innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity?  Who made the deal so that the four ASG witnesses of the Governor will be categorized as innocent Muslims? Who closed his eyes on the glaring fact that these four are Abu Sayyaf members? Who repackaged the four terrorists to become innocent, wrongly arrested Muslims so they can qualify into the NCMF legal assistance program?
These questions demand answers from NCMF, DOJ and the Provincial Government of Sulu whose appalling modus operandi has ostensibly exposed the civilian population into such extreme level of risks from these terrorists who are now freely roaming around public places and could now be plotting the next bomb to detonate and kill our own people.
We appeal to the Philippine Senate to immediately call for an inquiry so that the NCMF, DOJ and the Vice Governor of Sulu will be able to answer for all these issues.
In the name of the victims of  bombings and other terroristic acts in Mindanao, we urge President Aquino to demonstrate the full force of the law by holding his very own agencies of government and political allies accountable to the “matuwid na daan” policy.
SIGNED:
PAT SARENAS                                                  REV. L. DANIEL PANTOJA
Chairperson                                                  President
Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs                       Peacebuilders Community, Inc.
(MINCODE)
SISTER MARIA ARNOLD NOEL, SPPS                               PASTOR REU MONTECILLO
Convenor                                                     Presiding Chair
Mindanao Solidarity Network                                  Mindanao Peoples Caucus
MAX DE MESA                                                  GUIAMEL ALIM
Chair                                                        Lead Convenor
Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates                Mindanao Peace Weavers
ISMAEL MAULANA                                               SALIC IBRAHIM
Secretary General                                            Chairperson
Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society                       Reform the ARMM Now (RAN)
1.  Agong Network
2.  AKBAYAN
3.  Al-Ihsan Foundation
4.  Alliance of Progressive Labor
5.  Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao
6.  Alyansa ng mga Nagkakaisang Kabataang Manggagawa(AKMA)
7.  Apo Agbibilin, Inc.
8.  Archdiocese Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue
9.  Balay Rehabilitation Center
10. Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace
11. Bangsamoro Initiatives for Services and Consultancy,  Inc.
12. Bangsamoro Women Initiatives for Development, Inc.
13. Bangsamoro Youth Leaders Forum
14. Bantay Ceasefire
15. Bawgbug, Inc.
16. Bong D. Fabe, Freelance Journalist;  ACCESS-ACDO
17. Building Alternative Rural Resource Institutions and Organizing Services(BARRIOS)
18. Center for Peoples Self-Determination
19. Civil Society Forum for Peace and Development
20. Claimants 1081
21. Concerned Citizens of Sulu
22. Cotabato Council of Elders
23. ECOWEB, Inc.
24. Fatima Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (FATODA)
25. Federation of Matigsalug Tribal Councils
26. Foundation for Integral and Holistic Community Development
27. Freedom from Debt Coalition
28. Hugpong Alang sa Yanong Mamumuo sa Gensan (HAYAG)National Confederation Of Transportworkers Union(NCTU)
29. International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao
30. ITTIHADUN NISA FOUNDATION (INFO), Inc.
31. Kahugpungan sa Mindanao
32. Kapisanan ng Maralitang Obrero (KAMAO)
33. Kaumpiya sa Mindanao, Inc.
34. Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya
35. Landcare Foundation of the Philippines
36. Local Initiatives for Peace and Development in Mindanao (LIPAD MINDANAO), Inc.
37. LUNA, Inc.
38. Mahad Multipurpose Cooperative
39. Maligaya Community Workers Association(MACOWA)
40. Manobo Lumandong Panaghiusa
41. Maranao Peoples Development Center
42. Medical Action Group
43. Mindanao Alliance for Peace
44. Mindanao Alliance for Peace and Development (MAPAD)
45. Mindanao Congress of Development NGOs and NGIs (MINCON)
46. Mindanao Farmers Development Center
47. Mindanao Legal Assistance Center, Inc.
48. Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions
49. Mindanao Peace Movement
50. Mindanao Peace Partners
51. Mindanao Peoples Caucus SOCSKSARGEN Workers Network for Grassroots Advocacy (SWN)
52. Mindanao Solidarity Network
53. MNLF Arakan Cooperative
54. Moro Women Development and Cultural Center (MWDECC), Inc.
55. Moro-IP Kinship Council
56. MY PEACE
57. National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP)- Maguindanao Provincial Chapter
58. Neo Iranun Multi Sectoral Association (NIMSA), Inc.
59. NOORUS SALAM, Central Mindanao
60. One People Mindanao
61. Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference
62. Pagungayan Ami so mga Kagnudaan Antapan ko Kamapiyaan ago Kadtatabanga (PAKAT), Inc.
63. Panagtagbo-Mindanao
64. PATHJ-Mindanao
65. Peksalabukan Bangsa Subanen
66. Peoples Center for Community Development
67. Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)
68. Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches
69. Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PHILRIGHTS)
70. Radyo Natin Club – Lanao del Norte
71. San Jose Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association(SJISFFA)
72. San Juan Workers and Community Association (SANJUWOCA)
73. SELDA Greater Davao
74. SIMMCARRD
75. Social Workers Coordinating Council (SWCC)
76. Suara Kalilintad
77. Sulu Ulama Council for Peace and Development
78. Tabang Ako Siyap Ko Bangsa Iranun Saya Ko Kalilintad Ago
79. Task Force Detainees of the Philippines
80. Task Force Kalilintad
81. Task Force Ugalingan Limbalod
82. Technical Assistance Center for Development of Rural and Urban Poor
83. Tripeople Concern for Peace and Development
84. Tripeople for Peace and Development
85. Tulung Lupah Sug
86. United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)
87. United Youth Philippines
88. Women's Initiative for Social Empowerment(WISE)
89. Yumang-LlidoMisa Mini Tricycle operators and Drivers Association(YULLIMMTODA)
FOR INQUIRIES, please contact:
Rose Trajano: 0906-553-1792 and (02)436-26-33
Jun Aparece: 09177015058

Why were these Abu Sayyaf bombers released from jail?

 

On behalf of the bereaved families and victims of bombings and kidnappings in Mindanao and in the interest truth and justice, the undersigned civil society organizations, human rights defenders and peace advocates strongly call for an immediate and impartial investigation over the suspicious release from detention of high-valued Abu Sayyaf inmates from the Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) of Bicutan Jail sometime in February 2013 through the alleged “facilitation” of a very powerful politician from Sulu.

While Mindanaoans are terrorized with the spate of bombings now rocking the fledgling peace in Mindanao, it is highly repulsive and mind-boggling why national agencies of government like the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF), which is under the Office of the President, and the Task Force on Anti-Terrorism of the Department of Justice allowed the release of highly dangerous terrorists who made no qualms that they are involved in bombings and kidnappings.

On February 7, 2013, national print and online media outfits reported the order of the Department of Justice to release 18 suspected Abu Sayyaf men allegedly wrongfully accused of kidnapping as “There appears to be no proof of their participation in the kidnapping much less evidence of their purported membership in the Abu Sayyaf Group.”  The 18 were charged for the kidnapping and beheading of Jehovah’s Witness/Almeda Group members in 2002.  Because of the dropping of their criminal charges by the DOJ, these 18 walked to freedom on February 15, 2013.

What is shocking is that barely a month from their release from prison, four of these 18 suspects, namely Muhammad Sali Said, Robin Sahiyal, Julhamad Ahad and Mujibar Amon were presented before the Regional Trial Court of Manila-Branch 19 as witnesses of Governor Abdusakur Tan in criminal cases which he has filed against a known human rights defender from Sulu.

 

In open court, these men have admitted that they are bombers, kidnappers and proud active members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.  Sali Said, the star witness produced by the Governor, admitted that he was released from prison through the help of the lawyer of the governor who offered to help him “process (his) papers for release” on the condition that his group will agree to stand as false witnesses for the governor.

Why these Abu Sayyaf inmates released from prison is the biggest question that up to now the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos and the Department of Justice refuse to answer.   Who repackaged these highly dangerous terrorists to fall under the legal assistance program of the NCMF and made them appear as innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity?  While we are of course supportive of this type of programs as there are indeed hundreds of innocent detainees now languishing in jail, we strongly condemn the act of “inserting” into the list of innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity—the names of at least four Abu Sayyaf bombers and kidnappers, namely Robin Sahiyal, Muhammad Sali Said and Julhamad Ahadi who walked to freedom last February 15, 2013.

While our young soldiers are risking their lives and limbs running after the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu, it is simply sickening to the senses and a complete mockery of justice to find our own national agencies like the NCMF and DOJ providing free legal assistance to high-valued terrorists, bombers and kidnappers?  How can we ever reconcile the use of taxpayers’ money to set free the Abu Sayyaf Group?  How can NCMF and DOJ ever miss the sea of difference between an innocent Muslim wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity and the solid intelligence dossier of these hard core terrorists?

 

Who placed the names of these terrorists into the list of innocent Muslims wrongly arrested due to mistaken identity?  Who made the deal so that the four ASG witnesses of the Governor will be categorized as innocent Muslims? Who closed his eyes on the glaring fact that these four are Abu Sayyaf members? Who repackaged the four terrorists to become innocent, wrongly arrested Muslims so they can qualify into the NCMF legal assistance program?

These questions demand answers from NCMF, DOJ and the Provincial Government of Sulu whose appalling modus operandi has ostensibly exposed the civilian population into such extreme level of risks from these terrorists who are now freely roaming around public places and could now be plotting the next bomb to detonate and kill our own people.

 

We appeal to the Philippine Senate to immediately call for an inquiry so that the NCMF, DOJ and the Vice Governor of Sulu will be able to answer for all these issues.

 

In the name of the victims of  bombings and other terroristic acts in Mindanao, we urge President Aquino to demonstrate the full force of the law by holding his very own agencies of government and political allies accountable to the “matuwid na daan” policy.

 

SIGNED:

PAT SARENAS                                                  REV. L. DANIEL PANTOJA

Chairperson                                                  President

Mindanao Coalition of Development NGOs                       Peacebuilders Community, Inc.

(MINCODE)

 

SISTER MARIA ARNOLD NOEL, SPPS                               PASTOR REU MONTECILLO

Convenor                                                     Presiding Chair

Mindanao Solidarity Network                                  Mindanao Peoples Caucus

 

MAX DE MESA                                                  GUIAMEL ALIM

Chair                                                        Lead Convenor

Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates                Mindanao Peace Weavers

 

ISMAEL MAULANA                                               SALIC IBRAHIM

Secretary General                                            Chairperson

Consortium of Bangsamoro Civil Society                       Reform the ARMM Now (RAN)

 

 

1.  Agong Network

2.  AKBAYAN

3.  Al-Ihsan Foundation

4.  Alliance of Progressive Labor

5.  Alternate Forum for Research in Mindanao

6.  Alyansa ng mga Nagkakaisang Kabataang Manggagawa(AKMA)

7.  Apo Agbibilin, Inc.

8.  Archdiocese Center for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue

9.  Balay Rehabilitation Center

10. Bangsamoro Center for Just Peace

11. Bangsamoro Initiatives for Services and Consultancy,  Inc.

12. Bangsamoro Women Initiatives for Development, Inc.

13. Bangsamoro Youth Leaders Forum

14. Bantay Ceasefire

15. Bawgbug, Inc.

16. Bong D. Fabe, Freelance Journalist;  ACCESS-ACDO

17. Building Alternative Rural Resource Institutions and Organizing Services(BARRIOS)

18. Center for Peoples Self-Determination

19. Civil Society Forum for Peace and Development

20. Claimants 1081

21. Concerned Citizens of Sulu

22. Cotabato Council of Elders

23. ECOWEB, Inc.

24. Fatima Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (FATODA)

25. Federation of Matigsalug Tribal Councils

26. Foundation for Integral and Holistic Community Development

27. Freedom from Debt Coalition

28. Hugpong Alang sa Yanong Mamumuo sa Gensan (HAYAG)National Confederation Of Transportworkers Union(NCTU)

29. International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao

30. ITTIHADUN NISA FOUNDATION (INFO), Inc.

31. Kahugpungan sa Mindanao

32. Kapisanan ng Maralitang Obrero (KAMAO)

33. Kaumpiya sa Mindanao, Inc.

34. Kilusan para sa Pambansang Demokrasya

35. Landcare Foundation of the Philippines

36. Local Initiatives for Peace and Development in Mindanao (LIPAD MINDANAO), Inc.

37. LUNA, Inc.

38. Mahad Multipurpose Cooperative

39. Maligaya Community Workers Association(MACOWA)

40. Manobo Lumandong Panaghiusa

41. Maranao Peoples Development Center

42. Medical Action Group

43. Mindanao Alliance for Peace

44. Mindanao Alliance for Peace and Development (MAPAD)

45. Mindanao Congress of Development NGOs and NGIs (MINCON)

46. Mindanao Farmers Development Center

47. Mindanao Legal Assistance Center, Inc.

48. Mindanao Migrants Center for Empowering Actions

49. Mindanao Peace Movement

50. Mindanao Peace Partners

51. Mindanao Peoples Caucus SOCSKSARGEN Workers Network for Grassroots Advocacy (SWN)

52. Mindanao Solidarity Network

53. MNLF Arakan Cooperative

54. Moro Women Development and Cultural Center (MWDECC), Inc.

55. Moro-IP Kinship Council

56. MY PEACE

57. National Ulama Conference of the Philippines (NUCP)- Maguindanao Provincial Chapter

58. Neo Iranun Multi Sectoral Association (NIMSA), Inc.

59. NOORUS SALAM, Central Mindanao

60. One People Mindanao

61. Organization of Teduray and Lambangian Conference

62. Pagungayan Ami so mga Kagnudaan Antapan ko Kamapiyaan ago Kadtatabanga (PAKAT), Inc.

63. Panagtagbo-Mindanao

64. PATHJ-Mindanao

65. Peksalabukan Bangsa Subanen

66. Peoples Center for Community Development

67. Philippine Alliance of Human Rights Advocates (PAHRA)

68. Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

69. Philippine Human Rights Information Center (PHILRIGHTS)

70. Radyo Natin Club – Lanao del Norte

71. San Jose Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association(SJISFFA)

72. San Juan Workers and Community Association (SANJUWOCA)

73. SELDA Greater Davao

74. SIMMCARRD

75. Social Workers Coordinating Council (SWCC)

76. Suara Kalilintad

77. Sulu Ulama Council for Peace and Development

78. Tabang Ako Siyap Ko Bangsa Iranun Saya Ko Kalilintad Ago

79. Task Force Detainees of the Philippines

80. Task Force Kalilintad

81. Task Force Ugalingan Limbalod

82. Technical Assistance Center for Development of Rural and Urban Poor

83. Tripeople Concern for Peace and Development

84. Tripeople for Peace and Development

85. Tulung Lupah Sug

86. United Youth for Peace and Development (UNYPAD)

87. United Youth Philippines

88. Women's Initiative for Social Empowerment(WISE)

89. Yumang-LlidoMisa Mini Tricycle operators and Drivers Association(YULLIMMTODA)

FOR INQUIRIES, please contact:

 

Rose Trajano: 0906-553-1792 and (02)436-26-33

Jun Aparece: 09177015058


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