Philippine Government Forces Recover ₱52-M in cash, ₱27-M in Checks Held By Maute Group
The Maute group may have to look elsewhere for finances to fund their battle against the government – as the Philippine Marines recovered over ₱52 million in cash in a house in Marawi City.
In a report by CNN Philippines, Marines discovered a cache of money and around ₱27 million worth of checks during a clearing operation near Mapandi bridge on the afternoon of June 5.
Government forces reported that the house was an abandoned machine gun position previously owned by the ISIS aligned terror group.
After taking inventory of the findings the money cache was entrusted to the Joint Task Force Marawifor safekeeping.
The Maute group laid siege on Marawi City on May 23, 2017. Reports claim that the group fought against government troops and police officers in an attempt to defend the “emir” (leader) of ISIS in the the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon.
Hapilon is believed to be hiding somewhere in the area and is allegedly working with the Maute group to establish an ISIS “wilayat,” or caliphate in Lanao del Sur.
Due to the civil unrest caused by the Maute group, President Rodrigo Duterte declared Martial Lawand suspended the privilege of the writ of habeas corpus over the Mindanao region on May 24, 2017, at 10 PM.
This discovery of a money cache was met with various reactions from netizens – most of which either speculative or rallied support for our troops. Some comments suggested that government trace the serial numbers of the money along with the checks found at the scene.
Zenon Judito D. Baluran wrote: “May financier talaga sa kanilang mga terrorist acts and those people should be punish to the full extent of the law. Now, it should be known!!!”
Rosal Yñiguez Bulaong wrote: “Good job, Philippine Marines. Now we are informed. BEFORE I am afraid pinaghati hatian na ito ng mga officials? Or submitted sa government at politicians na bahala. Trace Lang who issued checks… bank secrecy law should be set aside… mag oppose na politician questionable… kudos din sa military under Duterte administration…”
Anna Maria Calubay wrote: “Well funded sila, no wonder, lakas loob, kawawa naman mga affected innocent civilians, who are striving daily for a decent living.”
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