AFP set to arrest narco-politicians behind Maute group

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  • Military given arrest order for narco-politicians connected with Maute militants
  • Order to be implemented in the next few days
  • Probe on source of militant group’s high-powered firearms also started

MANILA, Philippines  –  The arrest order for narco-politicians said to be backing the Maute group is now in the hands of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

According to AFP spokesman Gen. Restituto Padilla, they are set to implement the order within the coming days.

“There has been a list that has been approved, that in effect indicates identified personalities that need to be arrested,” he told the Philippine Star. “I cannot divulge the names for security reasons. And whatever else that we can find in the next few days as potential supporters of this armed rebellion will be dealt with accordingly.”

Padilla said they will also begin probing the source behind the Maute group’s high-powered firearms; several of which were seized in the previous days.

“On the firearms they have been using against government security forces, it looks that they have stockpiled for some time, and we have (seized) a lot of them in the past few days,” he said.

PNP chief Director Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa earlier claimed several narco-politicians were funding the militants in exchange for protection.

“Even before yung July 1, pag-assume natin, inannounce natin na mag-surrender iyung drug lords, we received information na lahat ng, karamihan ng drug lords dito sa Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas ay pumunta doon sa Marawi at nagkaroon sila ng drug summit and they were protected by the Maute Group,” he said.

[Even before July 1, when we assumed office, we announced that drug lords would surrender, we received information that many of the drug lords in Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas went to Marawi for a drug summit and they were protected by the Maute Group.]