Sulu town mayor, followers face arson raps

April 4, 2013 1:15 am 

ZAMBOANGA CITY, April 3 –- Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge Senior Supt. Edwin de Ocampo on Wednesday said the search continues for the Sulu town mayor and his followers who are accused of arson.

This came about after the police failed to locate on Tuesday Banguingui Mayor Abdulwahid Sahidulla when they served the warrant of arrest against the town official and his co-accused in this southern port city.

Banguingui municipality, which is formerly known as Tongkil, is an island and one of the towns in the province of Sulu.

Personnel of the local police’ Detective Management Unit Insp. Albert Alfaro, armed with warrant of arrest, swooped down the residence of Sahidulla but failed to find the mayor as well as the other co-accused.

Sahidulla owns a house in Newslane Drive, Barangay Baliwasan, west of this city.

“Yes, the search continues,” De Ocampo said when asked for an update on the issuance of warrant against the town official.

Alfaro said the family of the town official voluntarily accepted the copy of the warrant of arrest and allowed them to search the compound but not one of the respondents was around.

The warrant of arrest without recommended bail dated March 22, 2013 was issued by Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 25 Judge Alsad Alfad, Jr. of Siasi, Sulu.

Two of Sahidulla’s several co-accused were identified as Usman Sahidulla and Sarajs Sahidulla.

Sahidulla cries political harassment citing is the filing of the case is aimed to ruin his candidacy for Sulu governor in May 13, 2013 election.

He believes that his political opponents are behind the black propaganda explaining that the incident transpired last 2007 in Sulu.

“How could I be involved in the arson case since I was here in Zamboanga City when I received the reported burning of houses in my municipality,” Sahidulla said.

Sahidulla said he will not withdraw from the gubernatorial race despite the issuance of warrant of arrest against him.

He revealed that legal remedies have already been undertaken by his lawyers. (PNA)



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