GENERAL SANTOS - Opposition senatorial candidate Samira Gutoc on Thursday urged President Rodrigo Duterte to order an investigation into the arrest of 3 Muslim Imam who were allegedly given meth-laced water by the police.
The religious leaders were reportedly travelling to Tuguegarao when they were arrested for drug possession on a roadside in Enrile, Cagayan earlier this week. In a viral video, the trio appealed for help from higher authorities, claiming they were framed.
"On behalf of the 10 million Muslim Filipinos, nanawagan ako kay Presidente Duterte kung ikaw talaga ang ama ng bayan, tingnan mo yung 3 Imam na naaresto sa Tuguegarao on the basis of an alleged drug bust," Gutoc, a Maranao civic society leader, said in a chance interview.
(I appeal to President Duterte, if you're really the father of this nation, look into the case of the 3 Imam who were arrested in Tuguegarao.)
"Mga Imam 'yun, bakit magkaroon ng drug inside their katawan? Kasi pinainom daw sa kanila based on their video. Please check on the police station in the barangay," she added.
(They're Imams, why would they have drugs inside their body? It's because they were ordered to drink the drugs, based on their video.)
A radio report said some 200 Muslims have trooped to the Cagayan Valley regional police office to vouch for the innocence of the 3 religious leaders.
"Ayaw ko na magkagulo diyan," said Gutoc.
(I don't chaos to erupt there.)
The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos said Wednesday that it was preparing an affidavit against the officers who arrested the imams, to be filed at the National Police Commission and the Office of the Ombudsman.
Report from Jay Dayupay, ABS-CBN News