By Jeffrey Damicog
A suspected member of the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is facing multiple charges before the Department of Justice (DOJ) following his arrest in Sulu this week.
The suspected ASG member was identified as Karah Musa Salapuddin, 49, alias Cesar, a Tausug who hails from Tungkil, Jolo Sulu.
Assistant State Prosecutor Ethel Rea Suril said Salapuddin faces a complaint accusing him of frustrated multiple murder under Article 248 in relation to Article 6 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC); illegal possession of explosives and other paraphernalia under Republic Act (RA) No. 9516; and illegal possession of firearms and ammunition under RA No. 10561.
The complaint was filed last Thursday at the DOJ in Manila by the Major Crimes Unit of the Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation Group (PNP-CIDG).
Suril, who is handling the case, said she has set the preliminary investigation of the complaint on March 28.
Instead of submitted the case of resolution, the prosecutor explained that during inquest proceedings held last Thursday Salappudin opted to undergo inquest proceedings and signed a waiver of the provisions of Article 125 of the Revised Penal Code that penalizes delay in the delivery of a detained person to the proper judicial authorities.
Because of this, she already directed Salapuddin to file on that date a counter-affidavit in response to accusations against him.
The complaint indicated that the military arrested Salapuddin following offenses committed in Barangay Kabahayan, Sinisa Island, Panglima, Banguingui, Sulu last March 15.
Suril declined to give any more details of the case.