Thursday, March 9, 2017

Alleged Maute financiers slain in raid on Lanao del Sur mayor’s home

From InterAksyon (Mar 9): Alleged Maute financiers slain in raid on Lanao del Sur mayor’s home

Police officers go over the weapons and other items seized in a raid on the home of a mayor in Lanao del Sur during which two alleged financiers of the Maute group were killed. (ARMM police photo)

Authorities raided the home of a town mayor in Lanao del Norte on Tuesday and, while they missed their target, killed two men they claimed were financiers of the Maute terror group and seized a cache of weapons and ammunition.

Senior Inspector Marcille Manzano, spokesperson of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao police, said the raiding team served eight search warrants issued by Region 12 Presiding Judge Alandrex Betoy for violations of the anti-drugs and firearms laws at the home of Mayor Gamboa Molok Abinal of Maguing town.

Although they did not get the mayor, Manzano said the team killed Cairodin and Farhana Pangao Anto, the alleged Maute financiers, and wounded Baulo Anto, who, however, managed to escape.

Arrested in the operation were Noraldine Macausog, Pundato Potawan and Al Rashid Dagdagan, who are suspected of being members of the terror group that authorities say has pledged loyalty to the Islamic State. The three are detained at the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group’s regional office at PC Hill, Cotabato City.

Aside from the guns and ammunition seized, the raiders also recovered eight sachets of suspected shabu and a bankbook to an account holding more than P29 million.

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