MANILA - Talitay, Maguindanao Vice Mayor Abdulwahab Sabal is now in the custody of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (AIDG) in Camp Crame following his arrest at the Awang Airport in Datu Odin Sinsuat on Thursday afternoon.
Sabal was arrested along with three other men. The vice mayor was also being linked to the deadly blast at the Roxas night market in Davao City, but he was quick to deny the allegations.
He and the three others will undergo inquest proceedings.
Sabal and his brother, Talitay Mayor Montasir Sabal, were included in a list of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade, which was released by President Rodrigo Duterte last month.
Mayor Sabal is currently on hajj, a pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
The siblings earlier appeared before PNP Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa to clear their names.
They were both officers in the Philippine National Police before entering politics. Their two younger brothers are also policemen.
Mayor Sabal had admitted that he was involved in the illegal drug trade "long before" he entered politics, but that this was no longer the case. - with reports from Ernie Manio and Arianne Apatan, ABS-CBN News
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