AFP: Investigation of Maute checks and money sources now ongoing

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  • Military now probing the origin of the checks and money recovered from a Maute stronghold
  • Army spokesman said AFP coordinating with another gov’t agency for investigation
  • He also said they are still waiting for the results of the investigation

MANILA, Philippines – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) said it is now tracking down the source of the P79 million worth of cash and checks recovered from a stronghold of the Maute group.

Army 1st Battalion spokesperson Col. Jo-ar Herrera said the military was coordinating with another government agency to uncover the origin of the funds.

“As of now, ongoing ‘yung investigation. Nakipag-ugnayan tayo sa isang ahensya para malaman kung saan galing ang mga pera na ito. Ito ay significant development dahil tayo ay binabakbakan ng kalaban,” he told GMA News.

[As of now, the investigation is ongoing. We are coordinating with one agency to find out where the money came from. This is a significant development because we are fighting against the enemy.]

Herrera said that although they already have several leads, they are just waiting for the official results of the investigation to come out

“Hindi pa rin nae-establish kung kanino po ‘yung mga tseke at kanino ‘yung pera. Pero maraming lead, so posible po ito ay pera ng mga ilang tao o  bangko. Pero hindi tayo nag-i-speculate kasi we need to wait ‘yung investigation.”

[We still haven’t established who owns the checks and the money. But we have many leads, so it’s possible that this money came from several people or banks. But we are not speculating because we need to wait for the investigation.]

The military recovered the money inside a house which served as a machine gun outpost and snipers’ nest for the militants on Monday during a clearing operation.