Tawi-Tawi RTC reduces bail for 38 Kiram supporters

June 4, 2013 10:22 pm 

MANILA, June 4 — The Tawi-Tawi Regional Trial Court has reduced by 50 percent the bail for the 38 suspected members of the Sultanate of Sulu's Royal Security Forces.

In its ruling made public on Tuesday, the RTC reduced the bail from P164,000 to P82,000 that each of the 38 accused has to pay.

The 38 suspects are facing charges for 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.

Public Attorney's Office Chief Atty. Persida Rueda-Acosta said their motion for reconsideration was dismissed by the court.

"They were not able to post bail (because) they still cannot afford it," Acosta said.

Initially, PAO asked the RTC to reduce the bail to just P3,000, saying that, they were all jobless while one is an elderly woman.

The 38 accused were the first batch of alleged supporters of the Sultanate of Sulu in connection with their alleged intrusion in Sabah.

They were intercepted in three separate incidents off the seas of Tawi-Tawi by the Philippine Navy and the Philippine Coast Guard.

Caches of firearms were allegedly confiscated after fleeing Sabah where clashes had erupted since last March 1 due to Sultanate of Sulu's followers' attempt to reclaim the disputed territory.

The 38 accused were transferred from the naval facility in Panglima Sugala, Tawi-Tawi to Bongao, Tawi-Tawi detention facility. (PNA)

DSP/PTR

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One Response to “Tawi-Tawi RTC reduces bail for 38 Kiram supporters”

  1. Bluegrass Picker of Afula on June 6th, 2013 6:28 am

    Open tolerance of fictional and non-Manila-centric tribal sovereignties by the Filipino courts. Is it any wonder that the Taiwanese start to think that you can bet the fishing boat on the proposition that Filipinos are too apathetic to even guard their own fences?!? Is it only we foreigners who see the chain of cause-and-effect here?