Over 200 detained MNLF rebels now in Taguig

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 30 2013 07:58 AM | Updated as of Dec 30 2013 03:59 PM

MANILA – About 266 Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) rebels loyal to founding chairman Nur Misuari and involved in the Zamboanga City siege are now at the Quezon City Jail Annex in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig.

The MNLF rebels left San Ramon Prison and Penal Farm in Zamboanga City via a Philippine Navy boat on Friday. They arrived at Sangley Point in Cavite at 8 p.m. Sunday and were brought straight to the Taguig jail.

The Misuari followers were detained at Camp Bagong Diwa's newly built Special Intensive Care Area (SICA) 2, a four-storey building which can house up to 300 detainees.

The rebels were brought to Manila after the Supreme Court (SC) granted the request of the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the transfer of the trial of the rebels in Metro Manila.

The DOJ earlier filed rebellion charges and charges for violations of international humanitarian laws against Misuari, MNLF commander Habier Malik, and several others in connection with the siege. Misuari remains at large.

Justice Secretary Leila De Lima had earlier announced the need for the transfer of the trial's venue for security reasons. – report from Jerome Lantin, ABS-CBN News