AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo (File photo)
MANILA – Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Abduljihad “Idang” Susukan must be made to answer for all the heinous crimes he has done, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said Sunday.
“Susukan must be made to answer for a score of heinous crimes he has committed — 23 gruesome cases of murder, five charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention, and six complaints for frustrated murder,” AFP spokesperson Marine Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo said in message to reporters Sunday.
Arevalo also noted that the AFP subscribes to “the rule of law hence this stance” and for the prosecution of Susukan’s numerous cases, he said the ball is now with the Department of Justice.
“Meantime, for security considerations and Idang Susukan being a high value individual, the AFP through The Judge Advocate General and the PNP (Philippine National Police) through The Intelligence Group will file before the court a Joint Motion to Transfer Custody of the accused Susukan to the AFP,” he added.
On the issue of amnesty for the captured Abu Sayyaf leader, Arevalo said it is a legal matter that should be handled by the proper branches of government.
“It is an issue the resolution of which is rightfully vested upon the political decision makers to pass upon based on the recommendation of the Department of Justice. And whatever that decision will be, the AFP will support it,” he added.
Susukan, his wife Nafrisa, and security escorts arrived from Davao City at the Clark International Airport, Angeles, Pampanga around 10:32 p.m. Friday.
Earlier, Arevalo said the military would fly Susukan from Davao City to Manila where he will be transferred to police custody.
On Thursday night, the Davao City Police Office arrested Susukan at the residence of Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) chairman Nur Misuari at the Yñigue Subdivision in Barangay Ma-a. (PNA)