Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Bomb suspect moved to Sulu jail

DAVAO – A suspect in the May 2009 bombing in Patikul, Sulu, was transferred Monday from the Davao City Police Office (DCPO) jail to the Sulu provincial jail.
Temogen Sahipa Tulawie, tagged in the bombing incident that left 12 people wounded, including Governor Abdulsakur Tan of Sulu, was fetched from the DCPO jail around 1:30 p.m.
Superintendent Fernando Ortega, Special Action force commander, said the transfer was ordered by Regional Trial Court (RTC) branch 3 in Sulu. The court ordered to transfer Tulawie back to Sulu within 48 hours.
Executive Judge Betlee-Ian Barraquias of RTC branch 3 issued Monday the order of urgent ex-parte my notion for immediate transfer of the accuse to Sulu provincial Jail despite a Supreme Court order favoring Tulawie's detention in Davao.
Ortega said the SAF and Regional Intelligence Division received the court order late Monday afternoon.
"Pinaalam lang namin sa DCPO director na ganun we need to transfer Tulawie as ordered from the court of Sulu and that we are only given 48 hours to do that, kaya naging ganito ka bilis kasi mahirap na baka kami pa mapagalitan," Ortega said.
Ortega added that Tulawie, who was arrested in Davao City past midnight Saturday, was accompanied in the Cebu Pacific commercial Davao-Zamboanga City flight.
From Zamboanga, Tulawie will be flown again to Sulu where he will be presented in court.
Meanwhile, the wife and three sons of Tulawie were emotional upon meeting the accused inside the Davao International Airport. The family of the suspect was with human rights advocates who expressed their concerns about the suspect's security in Sulu.
Carlo Cleofe, Peace Talks Advocacy Officer of Mindanao People's Caucus, expressed disappointment with the court of Sulu for not following the mandate of the Supreme Court.
"We are actually negotiating with Supreme Court spokesperson Atty. Midas Marques kahapon to ask assistance on the matter and sabi pa nga niya na dapat sundin ng Sulu court kung ano yung order from them. Pinapakita lang talaga nila na how unprofessional sila (RTC in Sulu)," Cleofe said.
Lawyer Mary Ann Arnado, secretary-general of the Mindanao People's Caucus and legal counsel of Tulawie, refused to comment yet she said the children are emotionally stressed out and she needs to take care of them. 
Sun.Star Davao
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 18, 2012.

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