Tulawie, a human rights activist, had been ordered arrested by a Sulu regional trial court in connection with the 2009 assassination attempt on Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan.
Tan narrowly escaped death when a bomb exploded just outside the provincial capitol in Patikul town as his car passed by but 12 others were injured in the attack.
Tulawie had repeatedly denied a role in the assassination attempt on Tan, saying the charges brought up against him were politically motivated.
Tulawie had openly criticized Tan for his peace and order policy, which he said, had resulted in massive human rights violations in Sulu.
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