Camp Ranao, Marawo City, June 10, 2017 – The matriarch of the notorious Maute brothers, Onita Romato Maute a.k.a. Farhana, was apprehended at a safe house in Barangay Kormatan, Masiu, Lanao Del Sur at around 8:00pm on Friday, June 9.
Cayamora Maute, the patriarch of the Maute brothers, was recently arrested in a checkpoint in Davao City.
Lt. Col. Jo-ar Herrera, Philippine Armys 1st Infantry (Tabak) Division spokesman said: “The apprehension of Farhana and Cayamora Maute is a big blow to the enemy. Farhana is allegedly the heart of Maute’s organization. She facilitates the administration, logistics operations, finance, psychological support, and international network of the enemy.”
The Philippine national Police under Joint Task Force Marawi arrested Farhana and 15 others (4 male, 10 female, and 1 toddler) in a raid. Two of the apprehended males are wounded.
Identified with Farhana were brothers Mohammad Ali a.k.a. Onyok and Aliya, nephews of Cayamora Maute including Maute sisters Hiba, Hapsa and Hamida Maute and daugthers of Farhana. Other arrested individuals are yet to be unidentified. The toddler will be turned over to the Social Welfare Department for custody and proper care.
Firearms were recovered in the safehouse of Farhana including an M14 rifle, 4 rifle grenades, and 2 improvised RPG ammunition.
Several high profile personalities who are reportedly financiers and planners are subject of arrest warrants.
Former Marawi mayor Fahad “Pre” Salic, who is being implicated in the rebellion, was also arrested in Malabang town, Lanao del Sur.
Brig. Gen. Rolly Bautista, Commander of Joint Task Force Marawi said: “Your government troops will not stop in pursuing those who are involved in the rebellion in Marawi City that resulted to destruction of properties and distress to our fellow Filipinos.”Read Full Article