Nur Misuari posts bail for corruption charges

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) founding chairman Nur Misuari has posted bail for graft and malversation charges in a court outside Sandiganbayan, Presidential Peace Adviser Secretary Jesus Dureza said on Tuesday, September 19.

Sandiganbayan defendants are allowed to post bail before any Regional Trial Court (RTC) as long as it is not within the National Capital Region (NCR).

“I am informed now that he has filed his bail bond and that it has been approved and had been granted temporary liberty by the courts,” Dureza said in a text message.

Dureza said Misuari posted bail before the Davao City Regional Trial Court Branch 16 under Executive Judge Emmanuel Carpio. Branch 16's Judge Carpio is the brother of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales and uncle-in-law of Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.

Misuari met with President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday, September 16 despite a standing warrant. 

“President met with Nur upon our arrangement when we were informed that his bail was already being attended to. Evidently, we learned later that when the meeting took place last Saturday his application for bail was still being processed,” Dureza said.

Misuari was ordered arrested for two counts of graft and two counts of malversation through falsification of documents over multimillion-peso ghost projects in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) when he was governor. His bail was set at P460,000.

Before Tuesday, Misuari's spokesperson Emmanuel Fontanilla told Rappler there was 'no need' for the MNLF founding chairman to post bail. Malacañang has earlier said it will leave it up to Misuari to defend himself from his corruption charges.

Misuari also faces charges of  rebellion and crimes against humanity for the Zamboanga siege in 2013. But Duterte has ordered his temporary freedom on those charges – which will lapse on November 16 – so that he could participate in the ongoing Bangsamoro peace process.

Sandiganbayan Third Division Clerk of Court Dennis Pulma confirmed on Friday, September 29that the bail bond has been transmitted to the court.

Lian Buan

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