Cayamora Maute, three others charged for gun, IED possession

STATE prosecutors indicted four individuals, including the father of Maute leaders Abdullah and Omar, who have been fighting government troops in Marawi City since May 23, for possession of illegal firearms and explosives.

Chief City Prosecutor Nestor Ledesma on June 9 approved the findings of prosecutors Imee M. Bisera-Mabale, joseph B. Mamburam and Samuel T. Atencia.

In a three-page resolution, the prosecutors found probable cause to charge Cayamora M. Maute for violation of Sec. 28 E (1) in relation to Sec. (a) of Republic Act 10591 (Comprehensive Firearms and Ammunition Regulation Act) and violation for Sec. 3 of Presidential Decree 1866 as mended by Republic Act 9516 (Law on Explosives).

Indicted as accomplices for the same offense are Benzar Ali Iman Tinago, Norjannah Maute Tinago and Kongan Alfonso Balawag. They were also indicted for violation of Sec. 1 (c) Presidential Decree 1829 (Obstruction of Justice) for harboring Maute.

Aljon Salazar Ismael, the driver of the van used to the transport the group, was not included in the lawsuit filed by the police.

The prosecutor cited that “accomplices as defined under Article 18 of the Revised Penal Code are the persons who, not being included in Article 17, cooperate in the execution of the offense by previous or simultaneous acts.”

The cases are now in the sala of Regional Trial Court (RTC) Barnch 10 Retrina Espe Fuentes. The arraignment is yet to be scheduled.

Based on the records, the respondents were arrested on June 6 at 10 a.m. in a checkpoint at Barangay Sirawan, Toril.

The authorities during the inspection of their vehicle recovered .45 caliber with magazine loaded with six bullets, M67 fragmentation grenade. The respondents also failed to present license to carry the seized items.

In the resolution, the prosecution said that the arrest of Maute was legal as he has standing warrants of arrest issued by the RTC-11 of Malabang, Lanao del Sur.

The prosecution also stressed that the search conducted by the authorities was lawful because they believed that the respondents are law offenders justifying an extensive search on the van used that lead to the discovery of the prohibited items and there was no sign of objection to the search.

Meanwhile, the arrests of three respondents were also legal according to the prosecutors as they facilitated the escape of Maute, a wanted criminal.

“It is highly implausible for the trio to have not known Cayamora Maute as a wanted criminal, the latter’s picture having been circulated not only in the social media but in the newsprint, television and public places as well,” the resolution read.

Moreover, the police said that Norjannah has standing warrants for kidnapping, serious illegal detention, murder and violation of RA 9516 at RTC-11, Malabang, Lanao del Sur.

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