The commander of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 118th Base Command who was arrested late Sunday afternoon and released early Tuesday evening thanked the 6th Infantry Division of the Philippine Army for the “mainit na pagtanggap” (warm reception) given him while he was in their custody.
Ustadz Wahid Tundok was arrested in a checkpoint in Cotabato City late Sunday afternoon by a joint team of police operatives from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) and the Marines. Reports said he was served a warrant for multiple murder and arson.
Fearing possible retaliation from Tundok’s followers, the CIDG turned him over to the 6th Infantry Division for safekeeping on Sunday night. Tundok stayed there until a local court granted his motion for reinvestigation of the issuance of the warrant.”
In Maguindanaon, Tundok also thanked the GPH-MILF Coordinating Committee on the Cessation of Hostilities (CCCH) as well as Datu Saudi Ampatuan mayor Sam Dimaukom, Shariff Aguak mayor Zahara Upam Ampatuan, peace advocates and the leadership of the MILF.
He said his release is proof of the commitment of both the GPH and MILF in the final stages of the peace process.
Dimaukom, a relative of Tundok, said they did everything to prevent any untoward incident that may lead to the collapse of the peace process.
Dimaukom was among those who fetched Tundok from the 6th ID camp in Datu Odin Sinsuat town before they proceeded to the MILF’s Camp Darapanan in Sultan Kudarat town, also in Maguindanao early Tuesday evening.
“Yun ang purpose ko na di ko siya bibitawan dahil may tensyon na sa ground, para din madali ko lang siya kausapin, para matawagan ang ground commander kung sakali at hindi na lumawak pa ang gulo” (That was the purpose why I didn’t leave him behind, because there was tension on the ground and it would be easier for him to call the ground commander, if ever trouble ensued, and prevent it from expanding).