MANILA, Philippines (ABS-CBN / June 11, 2009) - The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Wednesday filed criminal charges against a sitting congressman and four other suspects in the failed bomb attack on Sulu Governor Abdusakur Tan lay May 13.
In a report, the PNP said the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) filed charges of attempted murder and frustrated murder against Sulu 2nd District Rep. Munir Arbison "in connection with the attempt on the life" of Tan.
The CIDG filed the same charges before the Regional State Prosecutor in Zamboanga City against four other suspects identified as Cocoy Tulawie, Moamil Askali, Sulaiman Mohammad Muin and Juhan Albani Alihuddin.
Director Raul Castañeda, CIDG chief, said the Arbison, Tulawi and Askali were charged based on the "extra-judicial confession" of Muin and Albani, who were arrested in Patikul town, Sulu province last May 26.
"The two suspects have volunteered to give extra-judicial confession to help investigators piece together details of the May 13 bombing," the PNP said in a statement.
Tan was on his way home from the provincial capitol in Patikul town when a bomb-rigged motorcycle exploded near his official vehicle.
The governor survived the attack. Pandami town Mayor Hatta Berta, who was accompanying the governor, and nine others were hurt in the bomb blast. (ABS-CBN)