Former Maute group members surrender to authorities


Posted at Feb 19 2019 08:52 PM

More than a year since the Marawi siege, some former members of the Maute group have surfaced to surrender.

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Joint Task Force Ranao estimated 125 members have surrendered ever since the military intensified its campaign against the terror group several months ago.

Those who surrendered, however, admitted they are now worried about how they will be accepted by the society.

One of those who surrendered, alias "Khalid," belongs to a middle class family. He said he joined the group due to his desire to have a sin-free community. He later left the group when he discovered that the group's ideology goes against Islamic teachings.

Farmers "Omar" and "Maminta" said they joined the group because they were tempted to earn more money. They also admitted recruiting impoverished friends to the group.

It was when military operations intensified that they decided to leave the group.

A reintegration program will be launched for the former Maute group members.