PNP wants to turn Susukan over to AFP

August 17, 2020

PHILIPPINE National Police chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said they will ask the court to allow them to transfer arrested Abu Sayyaf leader Abduljihad ‘Idang’  Susukan to the custody of the Armed Forces immediately.

“Another matter which will require our procedural action, we are now preparing our report to Hon.  Abdulmoin M. Pakam, Presiding Judge of RTC Branch 5 of Bongao, Tawi-Tawi, on the implementation of the Warrant of Arrest issued by that Court against  Abduljihad Susukan alias Idang, 34 years old, with known address at Bandang Talipao, Jolo, Sulu,” the PNP chief said in a virtual press conference.

“Together with the AFP, we will seek the disposition of the Court to transfer the venue of detention of the accused from PNP to the AFP. With Susukan in custody, we can now serve all other outstanding warrants of arrest issued against him as soon as we obtain copies of the orders of arrest,” he added.

According to Gen. Gamboa, the RT-PCR test administered to Susukan upon his confinement at the maximum-security PNP Custodial Center in Camp Crame has no result yet. “Nonetheless, PNP medical personnel will continue to monitor his health condition,” he added.

Misuari liability

The top cop said it would be up to the court to determine if Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founder Nur Misuari will be held liable for allegedly keeping  Susukan.

“These are circumstances that will be based upon the appreciation of the court or maybe of the Department of Justice. But on the part of the Philippine National Police, we just caused the arrest. As to the possible accountability, it will be upon the courts to appreciate whether there is a thing or not,” he said.

“As to the appreciation of how he (Susukan) was arrested, did he voluntarily surrender, we will lay down the facts to the courts involved. You know, when it comes to like that, it is upon the appreciation of the court. Only the court can determine whether it’s voluntary surrender, arrest or capture prevailing the circumstances that prevail during the incident,” the PNP chief added.