Arrested wife of Maute seeks help from Indonesian embassy

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 05 2017 08:38 PM

MANILA - The wife of terrorist leader Omar Maute is appealing for help from the Indonesian embassy after she was arrested by members of the Iligan City police on Sunday morning.

Speaking to reporters, Minhati Madrais, an Indonesian national, said she does not feel safe because nobody from the embassy has made contact with her since she was arrested. 

"I’m feel I’m not safe here. So please from my embassy, save me and my children," she said.

Madrais said she read the news about her husband's death on the Internet and that his death during the Marawi siege saddened her. 

Maute and Madrais met as classmates in a school in Egypt. They got married after graduation and stayed in Indonesia before coming back to the Philippines.

Chief Superintendent Timoteo Pacleb, regional director of the Northern Mindanao Police, said Madrais was arrested in a house in Steele Makers Subdivision at around 9:30 a.m.

She was arrested with her six children, who are all minors. Pacleb said they are coordinating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development for the kids' custody.

Recovered from the house where Madrais was staying were four blasting caps, two detonating cords and a time fuse. Pacleb said these could be used in the cases that may be filed against her.

The police said they are now coordinating with the concerned agencies so they can properly coordinate with the Indonesian embassy. 

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa earlier said the wife of the terrorist leader is also considered as a high-value target.