Monday, July 10, 2017

7 suspected members of Maute clan barred from leaving PH

From ABS-CBN (Jul 10): 7 suspected members of Maute clan barred from leaving PH

MANILA - Seven suspected members of the Maute clan were barred from leaving the country Monday.

The seven passengers, including 2 minors, were supposed to leave for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on board Cebu Pacific flight 5J 499 when they were intercepted by Bureau of Immigration personnel.

Red Mariñas, Immigration Port Operations Division head, said some of seven passengers have the Maute surname.

He added that it is part of their protocol to check whether the seven passengers are members of the Maute clan fighting with government forces in Marawi City.

BI spokesperson Atty. Ma. Antonette Mangrobang said they are investigating four of the seven passengers because

"Four of the seven passengers found to be...have namesakes in the arrest order so there is a need to further verify their identities with the PNP, CIDG, and the NBI," Mangrobang told ANC.

The other three passengers were later released because they have no derogatory records with the BI, Mangrobang added.

Yasser Dumaraya Maute, one of the four who are being investigated, denied links to the Maute terrorist group.

"Hindi naman tayo kasama. Malayo. Alam mo naman sa pamilya, parang sa inyo rin, may Juan, may Dela Cruz, magkakapangalan lang, hindi naman kasama," he said.

He said he was able to leave the country last month without any problem.

"Wala tayong magagawa, nasa kanila 'yun, 'yun ang desisyon eh. Kaya lang, talagang masama ang loob ko. Nung paalis kami nung nag-pilgrims kami noong June 5, bumalik kami ng 28, okay naman 'yung flight. Ngayon lang," Maute said.

The passengers have claimed they were supposed to visit Malaysia to take religious studies, a requisite to become an imam or Muslim religious leader, BI's Mangrobang said.

Three of the passengers were brought to Camp Crame while one more was held at the National Bureau of Investigation pending further investigation.

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