THE Department of Justice (DoJ) will start today its preliminary investigation on the rebellion charges filed against 59 suspected Maute group recruits who were arrested in Zamboanga City last July 25.
The DoJ said the suspects are also expected to submit their counter-affidavits today.
During the last proceeding, the suspects were presented before the panel of prosecutors handling the case after they were flown to Manila from Zamboanga del Sur aboard a C-130 military plane.
The suspects signed their waiver of detention and decided that the panel of prosecutors proceed with the preliminary investigation.
Among those arrested is Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) member Nur Supian, who was tagged by the suspects as their recruiter.
Of the 59, 32 men were arrested at a checkpoint in Ipil, Zamboanga Sibugay while the other 27, including four minors, were arrested on Daisy Road in Guiwan, Zamboanga City last July 25.
Authorities seized from the suspects military uniforms, boots and MNLF identification cards.
The suspects are being detained at Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.