- A suspected sub-leader of the Maute Group and his wife were arrested in Tondo, Manila
- Nasser Lomondot a.k.a. Muhammad Lomondot was involved in the planning of Marawi siege
- Despite the martial law in Mindanao, the suspects were able to escape and enter Metro Manila
A suspected sub-leader of the ISIS-inspired Maute terror group was nabbed by authorities last March 3 in Tondo, Manila.
As per ABS-CBN, the suspect was identified as Nasser Lomondot, also known as Muhammad Lomondot. Arrested with him was his wife Rizasalam Lomondot. A hand grenade and a caliber .45 pistol were seized from them.
The Manila Police District’s Intelligence and Operation Unit, assisted by the Army and National Intelligence Coordinating Agency, conducted the operation against the suspects.
National Capital Region Police Office chief Oscar Albayalde said that aside from Nasser Lomondot’s involvement in the attack of a Civilian Active Auxiliary Detachment in Marantao, Lanao del Sur last year, he was also involved in hostage-takings, and in the planning of the Marawi siege.
“He was one of the key planners of the attack in Marantao town … while the firefight (in Marawi) was still ongoing,” Major Ronald Suscano, regional military spokesperson, said.
Meanwile, Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald De la Rosa apologized for the shortcomings of the police as the Lomondots were able to escape to Manila via public transportation despite the martial law in Mindanao.
“It appears na may pagkukulang kami. Well, accept namin ‘yun na may pagkukulang kami kaya sila nakalabas sa Mindanao at nakapasok dito sa Metro Manila, but the most important thing is nahuli sila dito but continuous ang ating monitoring,” Dela Rosa said in a press briefing.