Angered by the double whammy — from the MILF forces and from PNoy who refused an all-out war — they got from its attack on MILF in Albarka, Basilan, the Armed Forces of the Philippines filed charges for MURDER against all the adult male population of the Albarka village.
The military filed charges for murder against 8 MILF members and 300 John Does. The usual Modus Operandi (M.O.) for this case is the following: After the charges are filed at the fiscal’s office, no subpoenas will reach the concerned parties because there are usually no addresses given or the addresses were wrong or simply, no names. The court then issues arrest warrants for a couple of people and dozens or, in this case, hundreds of John Does. The military, not even the police, then goes to the supposed address and arrest any male Moro they meet. These Moros would be taken into custody and tortured until they sign confession letters. They would then be shown to the media, who would banner them as terrorists. Then they would rot in jail without getting their day in court. Or, they could escape prison, just like what Laksaw Dan Asnawi did.
Here’s the story from the MILF website:
November 17, 2011 – Three hundred eight men, including 8 MILF members, were charged with murder in connection with the killing of 19 members of the Army’s Special Forces by MILF forces led by Commander Laksaw Dan Asnawi in Cambug, Albarka, Basilan last October 18.
The number of those charged exceeded the number of male population in the entire village, based on the 2009 COMELEC record, which showed that there were only 604 registered voters (aged 18 above), males and females. Of the 604 voters, less than 300 are male.
Barangay Cambug is a Moro community and is one of the 16 barangays in Albarka town.
The record also showed that the female population comprised the majority of the total population, in term of voting age.
On November 4, the WESMINCOM legal division filed a complaint with the Basilan Provincial Prosecutor issued a subpoena to 8 MILF members and 300 other John Does.
A non-government worker, who requested anonymity, opined that, based on the above statistics, assuming that the 300 or so charged of murder are all male, (meaning, not including children and women) practically, all and every legal aged male individuals in Barangay Cambug are charged of multiple murder!
“This is a sweeping and reckless issuance of subpoena,” she commented.
He predicted that these ambiguous developments in the legal arena will again warrant arbitrary arrests and another wave of human rights violations to the Moro community in Basilan similar to the arrest warrants issued in 2003 to at least 300 individuals in Basilan plus John Does wherein several cases of arbitrary arrests and detention, mistaken identity, torture and other human rights abuses and violations were reported.
He cited a classic example of reckless “enforcement of law” by the AFP in the recent arrest of one Harud Jaljalis, a.k.a Indal, from his residence in Maluso. It turned out later that the person actually arrested was a certain Indal Hairun Ladjatua, who is already confined at the Bicutan Jail.