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Walang sala! Ombudsman clears De Lima in freeing suspected Abu Sayyaf members

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Detained Senator Leila De Lima has been cleared of graft by the Office of the Ombudsman over the complaint filed against her in connection with the release of suspected members of Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) when she was still justice secretary in 2013.

“In a nutshell, complainants’ allegations are devoid of evidence,” read the resolution of the Ombudsman over the complaint filed by Temogen Tulawie and Abner Tahil.

With this, the Ombudsman also cleared her co-respondent, former Sulu vice governnor Abdusakur Tan.

“Without evidence, allegations are just empty words. Allegations can never be considered as repositories of truth, and hence cannot serve as foundation of decision resolving rights of the litigants,” stressed the Ombudsman.

Under the complaint, the respondents along with former National Commission on Muslim Filipinos chair Mehol Sadain and former commissioner Edilwasif Baddiri have been accused of aiding and financing the release of suspected ASG members Mohammad Sali Said, Jul Ahmad Ahadi, Robin Sahiyal and Mujibar Bong Amon.

Tahil claimed he personally witnessed the respondents making secret deals with the ASG members to pin down Tulawie in a criminal case.