‘Maute bomber’ charged for public market fright

THE MAN who claimed to be a Maute member and threatened to bomb the Bankerohan public market will be facing a court trial.

Prosecutor Maria Gemma Tambis has charged Garry Ortiz before the Regional Trial Court  for violation of Presidential Decree 1727 (malicious dissemination of false information of the willful making of any threat concerning bombs, explosives or any similar device or means of destruction).

Tambis approved the resolution of investigating prosecutor Irene Joy Tala-Montero who found probable cause against the respondent who did not avail his rights to a preliminary investigation.

The case was pressed by complainant Mohammad Imran.

Imran said at 8:38 a.m. of June 24 he passed at an alley going to Bankerohan Public Market.

 He met Ortiz on the way and they has a conversation, where the latter told him that he was Maute member.

 “I am not a displaced person. I came from Marawi today. We are about 10 people who are in Toril right now, making bombs to be used for explosion here in Davao. We are members of Maute,”  Imran quoted Ortiz as saying.

Imran said that around 6 p.m of the same day, Ortiz was standing outside the Mercury Drug in Bankerohan and talked to several vendors and identified himself as Abu Asma, a. Maute/ISIS member.

Ortiz allegedly said in public “we will detonate a bomb right now” causing fear to the people in the area.
The market vendors then restrained the respondent leading to the latter’s arrest.

Montero, in her July 6 resolution, said “the utterance of the respondent caused fear to several people in the area, including herein complainant, considering the current state of security at this time.”

 Montero also noted that Ortiz was arrested pursuant to Section 5 Rule 113 of the Revised Criminal Procedure where warrantless arrest is permissible.

On May 23, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Law in Mindanao to neutralize the local terror group Maute following a clash between the terror group and the government forces in Marawi City.

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