Rebellion raps filed vs 2 arrested Mautes

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao, Aug. 2 -– Police here have filed charges of rebellion and illegal possession of firearms against two alleged members of the Maute terrorist group in Marawi City as police and the Army have continued its clearing operations in the besieged city.

Chief Supt. Reuben Theodore Sindac, police regional director for the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm), said police officers in Lumbatan, Lanao del Sur quickly acted on a tip from civilians about the presence of two suspected jihadist in Barangay Pantar at 4 p.m. Monday.

Sindac identified the suspects as Sailanie Asral Mamaorong, 37 years old and Mama S. Batara also known as “Mamaorong.”

They have been charged by the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG-Armm).

Citing reports from Lanao del Sur police office, Sindac said the town police office and the provincial police office along with elements of the 65th Infantry Battalion arrested the two while in possession of improvised caliber .50 Barret rifle and one improvised M-203 rifle grenade launcher.

According to Chief Inspector Leah Y. Cuyco of PRO-Armm information office, the suspects did not resist arrest and are now in the custody of the PNP-CIDG.

Sindac commended the operating troops that lead to the arrest of two suspects believed to be part of the more than 600 jihadist that laid siege in the Islamic City of Marawi on May 23.

To date, government forces are still battling remnants of the Maute and Abu Sayyaf Group in at least two villages of the city. (EOF/PNA)