PETALING JAYA: The son of a Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) leader has been detained in Malaysia in connection with the Davao City bombing in September last year which killed 15 people and wounded 69 others, The Star reported.
Quoting a report from VERA Files, a publication by Filipino journalists, The Star reported that Malaysian authorities arrested Datu Mohammad Abduljabbar Sema, 26, on Nov 24, 2016 at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport upon his arrival from Bangkok.
Datu Mohammad, an Islamic scholar, is the son of Muslimin Sema, chairman of the largest group in the MNLF, and Bai Sandra Sema, congresswoman of the first district of Maguindanao.
Muslimin Sema was a former Cotabato City mayor and is considered to be a member of the Bangsamoro Transition Commission. His mother belongs to the influential Sinsuat clan of Maguindanao.
VERA Files said Datu Mohammad’s mother is currently seeking for the release of her son through a pardon from Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte while his father has sought the assistance of Peace Process presidential adviser Jesus Dureza.
More than 12 people were involved in the terror attack on the Davao City night market last year. Seven suspects have already been captured in the Philippines.
Three suspects were arrested on Oct 4 and four others on Oct 29 at the Southern Philippine Development Authority Compound in Cotabato City. They are said to be members of the Maute Group. -FMT