Maguindanao vice mayor faces drugs and weapons charges

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) – Talitay, Maguindanao vice mayor Abdul Wahab "Allan" Sabal underwent inquest proceedings at the Justice Department on Saturday afternoon for his possible involvement in the illegal drug trade.

Sabal and his brother, Talitay mayor Montasir Sabal, were included in the ‘narco’ list mentioned by President Rodrigo Duterte on August 7. Both of them denied involvement in illegal drug activities.

The Philippine National Police Anti-Illegal Drugs Group (PNP-AIDG) arrested Allan on Thursday as he was leaving the terminal of Awang Airport in Cotabato City. He is now under the custody of the PNP-AIDG in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

According to Assistant State Prosecutor Gino Santiago, the PNP referral letter said Sabal – along with his wife Mohanna Sabal, his bodyguard Nasser Maulana and his driver Norodin Abas – is facing violations of Republic Act 9165 or the “Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002” and illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

For the Department of Justice, Santiago said it is clear that a resolution on the inquest proceedings will be made. He also said there is no request to avail of preliminary investigation.

The respondents had no lawyer during the inquest proceedings.

CNN Philippines Digital Producer VJ Bacungan contributed to this report.