Formal charges of rebellion have been filed before the Department of Justice against a suspected Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) member who was caught transporting explosives and bomb-making components in Sulu last week.
Milham Saham, 24, underwent inquest proceedings before Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Clarisa Kuong on Monday.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) sued him for rebellion and illegal possession of explosives.
Saham was arrested at a military checkpoint in Bgy. Buhanginan, Patikul, Sulu, last September 6 amid reports of presence of terrorists in the area.
He was caught carrying improvised explosive devices (IED), ammunition nitrate fuel with detonating cord, electrical wires, electrical tapes and a circuit assembly.
During the proceeding, Saham, represented by Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) lawyer Jonalyn Barquez, sought to file a waiver of detention and undergo a thorough preliminary investigation to answer the allegations hurled against him.
The DoJ set the preliminary investigation on Friday, September 15.