Saturday, May 27, 2017

Maute attack receives aid from narco-politicians, family, and friends

Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief Eduardo Año reports that the prolonged clash of the government troops against the Maute terrorist group is due to narco-politicians, family, and friends that support the group.

“I think they have sympathizers, relatives, and friends,” Año said.

President Rodrigo Duterte had declared Martial Law on May 23, 2017 (Tuesday), but the terrorist group continues to hold a solid offensive against intensified military efforts because of aids sent by Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and private armed groups of certain politicians in Lanao del Sur.

“Sa ngayon may presence pa rin ng armed group around Marawi City at we learned that aside from Maute, may private armed group na naki-sympathize,” said Año.

Duterte himself surmised that some prominent figures in Lanao del Sur may be “in cahoots or cooperating” with terrorist attackers.

While the AFP has regained control of most of Lanao del Sur, Maute forces still lurk within the area. Año calls for more support to expedite military efforts.

“We have enough troops, kailangan pa ng additional enforcement para mas mabilis ang pagclear,” said Año.

It was Department of National Defense (DND) Chief Delfin Lorenzana who reported about private goons and ISIS members protecting a Marawi hideout they attacked earlier this week.

“What happened to Marawi, (was a) tipping point. It’s rebellion. ISIS people, sumali na ‘yong mga armed goons ng narco-politicians,” said Lorenzana.

“Nagulat ‘yong tropa natin. No’ng gusto nilang hulihin si Hapilon, no’ng lapitan, lumaban. ‘Yo’ng mga bahay bahay sa paligid may mga armado rin pala. Kaya dumami na,” he added.

Besides private armed groups, the ISIS-designated leader in the Philippines, Hapilon, was said to have received financial aid from ISIS in order to establish a fort in the country.

“I think they sent here a couple of foreigners. They transferred funds to Hapilon, million dollars. He’s (Hapilon) trying to prove his worth, raise the flag and put it in social media that they already have an area here in Mindanao.” Lorenzana said.

Source: Interaksyon

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