PAO chief seeks bail, new probe for 38 Kiram men


PAO chief Persida Acosta

MANILA, Philippines—The Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) on Tuesday asked the Tawi-Tawi Regional Trial Court Branch 5 to allow the 38 alleged members of the Royal Sultanate Forces (RSF) to post bail on charges of inciting to war, among others.

PAO Chief Persida Rueda-Acosta, in a text message, told reporters that they are currently in Tawi-Tawi to file the motion.

Aside from posting bail, they also asked the court to order the Department of Justice to conduct a reinvestigation of the case.

The 38 has been charged with violation of Article 118 of the Revised Penal Code for Inciting to War or giving motives for reprisals, Illegal Possession of Firearms and violation of the election gun ban.

The 38 are currently detained at a naval facility in Tawi-Tawi.

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  • Hunter421

    Inciting to War is a bailable offense??

    • popeyee

      did they really incite to war?

      • antinutcase

        Nope, they were there armed with weapon only to sell Tupperware to the locals.

    • sanjuan683

      Yes bailable tignan mo yun inciting war ng MILF sa gobierno, nakakalaya pa yun mga namerwisyo at pumatay ng suldalo ng gobierno. hehehehehehe Absuelto yan

  • tadasolo

    Good It is about time we enforced our laws and prevent any more of this misadventure by private citizens without government approval.

    • sanjuan683

      Ok lang kapag MILF may mga armas pero walang kaso, kahit lumaban sa gobierno. hehehehehehehe Ano klase ba batas pinaiiral ni Abnoy at Daldalima. Wala yan absuelto sa banda huli. hehehehehehehehe

  • antinutcase

    Why is it only the ordinary followers are being charged in court? What about their head honcho who has been holding press conferences openly admiting that these folks acted on his orders? Shouldn’t he be the numero uno to be charged in court?

  • VeryDisgusted2

    No, the real reason of the charge is not inciting war. It is the disruption of under the table business deal between Pnoy and the Malaysians. The suffering of these refugees are secondary to these Malaysian tutas. What is primary to them is the advancement of Cojuangco and Aquino’s business interests in Malaysia. This is treason of a highest degree!

    This is the only country in the whole world who send to prison its citizen refugees. These two persons (Pnoy and De Lima) are too cruel. I hope karma will overtake them soon. I hope we have favorable election result soon so the we can impeach this wicked president and this wicked justice secretary and send them to prison for treason.

    • sanjuan683

      Bakit kaya yun mga MILF, hindi kinakasuhan may mga dala baril, at lumalaban sa gobierno. hehehehehe Ano ka Daldalima hibang?

  • sanjuan683

    Masama pa mamulot ng baril sa laban ng sultan followers at Malaysia polis. Sayang din yun pera din yun.

  • Manuel_II

    I would agree to the bail, only if it is 1M each, and would not come from any Public funds. LOL

  • Cabal

    Bail for terrorists ? No wonder there is no law and order in the phillipines. Everybody can own private armies, kill or massacre anyone.

  • disqusted0fu

    Nowadays, only Pnoy’s KKKs are allowed to post bail. Pnoy even posts it himself for them. But for others, especially for these sultanates who Pnoy thinks are jeopardizing his beloved framework agreement, the Aquino admin will show no mercy.

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