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PNP chief: Isnajis can’t leave detention to campaign

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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 15:38:00 07/16/2008

MANILA, Philippines — As the key suspects in the kidnapping of a television news crew and their guide, a Sulu town mayor and his son cannot leave detention to campaign for the August 11 Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) elections, the chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said Wednesday.

Indanan town Mayor Alvarez Isnaji is running for ARMM governor, while his son, Haider, is running for a seat in the regional legislative assembly. Both are detained at the Camp Crame custodial center.

“As suspects, hindi sila pwedeng lumabas [As suspects, they can’t leave detention],” Director General Avelino Razon Jr. said in an interview with reporters in Camp Aguinaldo.

Razon said the two would not be allowed to leave jail to campaign, even if they make a request, since this would violate the law.

Police have filed kidnapping for ransom charges against the Isnajis.

Government prosecutors are set to decide whether or not the charges should be filed before criminal courts, following weeks of preliminary investigation.

The Isnajis negotiated for the release of ABS-CBN news anchor Ces Drilon, cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, and Mindanao State University professor Octavio Dinampo, who were held by alleged Abu Sayyaf bandits in Sulu for 10 days from June 8 to 17.

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