Former Mayor Fajad Salic, who has links to the Maute group, has been arrested in a police checkpoint at San Martin Village town, Misamis Oriental checkpoint at around 7:00 p.m. (June 7). Salic is facing charges of rebellion under Article 134 of the Revised Penal Code.
Article 134 states “the crime of rebellion or insurrection is committed by rising and taking arms against the Government for the purpose of removing from the allegiance to said Government or its laws.”
According to Supt. Lemuel Gonda, spokesperson for the Northern Mindanao regional police Salic was on board his Ford Ranger pick-up truck when he was flagged down by the policemen belonging to the Misamis Oriental Provincial Public Safety Company.
“Hinuli siya dahil may arrest order siya na pending na inisyu ng Department of National Defense,” (He was arrested because he has an arrest order that was issued by the Department of National Defense.) said regional police spokesman Supt. Lemuel Gonda. “Iyung arrest order number 2 na kasali iyung pangalan niya, gawa nung rebolusyon na kaso sa Marawi incident.” (The arrest order number 2 where his name was stated was made due to the revolution in Marawi incident.)
Salic is now temporarily detained at the Villanueva town police jail facility in Misamis Oriental as of 11 p.m., Wednesday (June 7) and is due to be transferred to Cagayan City.
Furthermore, Salic is linked to the Maute family since his wife Rasmis Salic is the niece of Farhana Romato Maute, the mother of Abdullah and Omarkhayyam Maute. The Maute Brothers are said to be among the top leaders of Dawlah Islamiya, one of the groups who pledged loyalty to the extremist Islamic State.
In his previous interviews, Salic denied his involvement in theMarawi attack saying that he could not support the Maute group since his family and relatives live here. Even Salic’s brother, Solitario Ali denied any links to the Maute group.
“I don’t support the Maute group. I can’t possibly cause the destruction of Marawi City, where my family and relatives live,” Salic said.
Also, according to Ali, he contacted the group leaders’ at least three times only because he was tapped by Secretary Jesus Dureza of the Office of the Presidential Advise on the Peace Process to persuade the Muate group into talking peace with the government.
Salic was reported to be among the group of “influential relatives of the Mautes” who met with President Rodrigo Duterte, at the President’s invitation, in Davao City November last year.
However, recently the Muate founder, Cayamura Maute was alo arrested in Davao City along with his four other companions last Tuesday (June 6). The checkpoint was operated by personnel of both Davao City Police Office and the Army’s 10th Infantry Division.Along with Cayamura were identified as Norhana Maute (Daughter of Cayamura), Benzarali Tingao (Husband of Farhana), Congan Alfonso Balauag (Second wife of Cayamura), and Aljohn Salazar Israel (Driver).
Meanwhile, there have been around 200 people killed and 2,000 civilians trapped in Marawi City. Armored vehicles have brought in more Philippine army troops in a concerted effort to root out the Islamic fighters. Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law following the Maute attack in Marawi.