By Camcer Ordonez Imam
Cagayan De Oro City — Authorities arrested the former mayor of Marawi City Wednesday night at a police checkpoint in Barangay San Martin, Villanueva town, Misamis Oriental, while on his way to his residence here.
Former Mayor Fahad Salic was arrested by the police by virtue of an arrest warrant against him for his alleged involvement in the Marawi rebellion, Superintendent Lemuel Gonda, spokesman of the Police Regional Office 10, said.
“He (Salic) was arrested because of an arrest order issued against him by the Department of National Defense, through Arrest Order No. 2, where his name is included for involvement in the Marawi rebellion,” Gonda said.
Salic denied the accusation. “I am not involved in that (Marawi siege). I’ve been in Manila even before the trouble in Marawi started,” Salic told the local media, at the Criminal Investigation and Detention Group (CIDG).
Salic also denied earlier accusation that he is involved in narco-politics.
“When that news came out, I personally went to the DILG (Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) regional office to clear my name. In fact, I signed a waiver that I am willing to be investigated. Until now, I cannot find any reason why I have been implicated in illegal drugs,” Salic said in the vernacular.
Authorities did not find anything in the vehicle he used to travel by land from Manila, except for personal things.
Salic is currently detained at the CIDG office inside Camp Evangelista, Patag, this city.
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