MANILA - An Indonesian national who was arrested in Marawi City on suspicion of having ties with Islamic State-linked Maute group arrived in Manila late Wednesday night.
Cebu Pacific Flight 396 carrying Muhammad Ilham Syahputra landed at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 at 11:42 p.m. He was escorted by around 10 security personnel.
The alleged foreign fighter was arrested Wednesday morning in Barangay Loksadatu while he was trying to leave Marawi City.
Syahputra was turned over to police wherein a .45 pistol, grenade, foreign currencies, passport, and mobile phone were confiscated from his possession.
Senior Supt. John Guyguyon, director of Lanao Del Sur Provincial Police Office, said Syahputra arrived in the Philippines upon the invitation of Isnilon Hapilon to take part in the siege.
Hapilon and Omar Maute, top leaders of Maute group, were killed in a military assault last Oct. 16.