From GMA News (Jul 16): Maute group might have skilled foreign members – AFP
Some members of the ISIS-linked Maute group seem to be highly trained foreigners, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said.
According to a report by Ivan Mayrina on GMA's "24 Oras," government troops have encountered militants who seem to be foreigners skilled in warfare.
"Hindi sila 'yung basta lang ni-recruit. Mapapansin mo rin talaga na marunong silang mag-occupy agad. Kaya na agad nilang maka-react," 2nd Lieutenant Kim Martal of the AFP said in the report.
"Medyo malaki yung katawan niya tapos 'yung pagkaputi niya, kakaiba, hindi katulad sa normal na Pinoy. Parang somewhat Caucasian," he added.
Clashes between the government and the terrorist forces in Marawi City started in May, which then led President Rodrigo R. Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.