Quantcast
Latest Stories

DOJ to re-investigate cases vs 38 accused of joining Sabah incursion

By

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Justice Secretary Leila De Lima said on Tuesday that she would designate a panel of prosecutors to re-investigate the case involving the 38 alleged members of the Sultanate of Sulu’s Royal Army Security Force who were intercepted by authorities off waters in Tawi-Tawi and who had allegedly taken part in the incursion in Sabah.

The re-investigation of the case filed two weeks ago against the 38 alleged followers of Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram was ordered on Monday, by the Tawi-Tawi Regional Trial Court Branch 5.

The accused, who are detained at a naval facility in Panglima Sugala, are facing cases of violation of Article 118 of the Revised Penal Code for Inciting to War and giving motives for reprisals, illegal possession of firearms and violation of the election gun ban.

Speaking to reporters, De Lima said that the court’s order for a re-investigation did not mean the government did not have a strong case against the 38 detainees.

“That’s (re-investigation) really a remedy provided under the Rules of Court…They were arrested without warrant and one remedy available to the accused is a re-investigation or preliminary investigation,” she said.

De Lima said upon the separate arrests of the 38 alleged followers, they were just subjected to an inquest and they did not have a chance to submit their evidence. A re-investigation of their case will give them a chance to do so, she added.

“So this is not an indication that the case against them is not strong but the respondents are just given fuller opportunity to present their side and for investigators, to further strengthen the case against them,” the justice secretary said.

The court ruled that the accused should be given the opportunity to answer the allegations filed against them.

The 38 accused have been intercepted in three separate incidents by the Philippine Navy and Philippine Coast Guard off the seas of Tawi-Tawi. They were the first batch of the RSF members to face charges in the Philippines following their incursion in Sabah over the Sultanate’s territorial claim.


Follow Us


Follow us on Facebook Follow on Twitter Follow on Twitter


Recent Stories:

Complete stories on our Digital Edition newsstand for tablets, netbooks and mobile phones; 14-issue free trial. About to step out? Get breaking alerts on your mobile.phone. Text ON INQ BREAKING to 4467, for Globe, Smart and Sun subscribers in the Philippines.

Tags: Armed conflict , Crime , Department of Justice , Global Nation , Justice , Law , Leila de Lima , Malaysia , Philippines , Sabah , sabah conflict

  • disqusted0fu

    Since the Selective Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was assigned to her post, the DOJ has not accomplished anything. She claims to do this and that but we never see concrete results from what she says they are doing. The only thing that is evident from them is how selective they apply justice these days.

  • wakats

    Another legal setback by de lima – and counting. Are there no knowledgeable lawyers in the DOJ who can advise the secretary about the due process of law as mandated in the Constitution???

    Are the 38 Muslims really followers of the Sultan of Sulu or just refugees fleeing the turmoil in Sabah????



Copyright © 2014, .
To subscribe to the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaper in the Philippines, call +63 2 896-6000 for Metro Manila and Metro Cebu or email your subscription request here.
Factual errors? Contact the Philippine Daily Inquirer's day desk. Believe this article violates journalistic ethics? Contact the Inquirer's Reader's Advocate. Or write The Readers' Advocate:
c/o Philippine Daily Inquirer Chino Roces Avenue corner Yague and Mascardo Streets, Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines Or fax nos. +63 2 8974793 to 94
Advertisement
Advertisement

News

  • Man wins half marathon, dies in Argentina
  • Clouds to bring slight relief from summer heat
  • Canadians rally to legalize marijuana
  • S. Korea ferry transcript reveals evacuation panic
  • Obama, family cause a small stir at Easter service
  • Sports

  • Reigning champs Miami open playoffs with win
  • Spurs subdue Mavericks in playoff opener
  • Wawrinka beats Federer to win Monte Carlo Masters
  • Ageless Hopkins pitches 50-50 Mayweather deal
  • Goodbye MGM, Las Vegas for Pacquiao?
  • Lifestyle

  • Miss America: Don’t suspend teen over prom invite
  • Transitions and resurrection in the performing arts
  • ‘Archaeology tour’ of Cebu’s heritage of faith
  • Historic Fort Bonifacio tunnel converted into a septic tank
  • ‘Imports’ from London, and play of the year
  • Entertainment

  • ‘Captain America’ stays strong atop US box office
  • Easter musings
  • Solenn in shorts
  • Unmerry mix of attention-calling moves on ‘Mini-Me’ TV tilts
  • Persistence pays off for The 1975
  • Business

  • BDO seen keen on bidding for Cocobank
  • Bataan freeport investment pledges up 1,302%
  • Golden Week
  • Bourse to woo Cebu stock mart investors
  • Supper power
  • Technology

  • Nasa’s moon-orbiting robot crashes down
  • Netizens pay respects to Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • Nokia recalls 30,000 chargers for Lumia 2520 tablet
  • Facebook rolls out ‘nearby friends’ feature
  • Netizens seethe over Aquino’s ‘sacrifice’ message
  • Opinion

  • Gigi’s home
  • Palace stonewalls on MRT inquiry
  • Couple of things too
  • There is plenty of water behind Wawa Dam
  • Triduum thoughts of a young boy
  • Global Nation

  • Search for Etihad passengers launched
  • Japan presents $57-B ‘dream plan’ to solve Metro congestion
  • Tim Tebow’s charity hospital in Davao seen to open in 7 months
  • OFW died of Mers-CoV in Saudi Arabia, says family
  • Aquino, Obama to tackle US pivot to Asia during state visit
  • Marketplace