Maute Group's victim exhumed in Lanao del Sur

Roxanne Arevalo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 01 2017 11:04 PM

ILIGAN CITY - Following the arrest of Maute Group member Diamen Alonto last week, the remains of their victim Deudomie dela Pena was exhumed at Barangay Bansayan, Poona Bayabao town in Lanao del Sur on Monday.

Alonto led authorities to the exact spot where members of the terrorist group buried Dela Peña. He was forced to reveal the crime after the police seized from them a list of the vehicles they have stolen and details of what they did to the drivers.

Dela Peña was a resident of Cagayan de Oro who went missing in February 21 this year. 

A relative of the victim said Dela Peña used to lease and drive a brand new van to and from Iligan and Cagayan de Oro. At the time he went missing, he was bringing with him a huge amount of money.

The money and the van were not recovered.

Relatives of JR Frias, a taxi driver in Iligan who had been missing for two weeks now, fear that he is also dead. 

His wife Zhona said the plate number of the taxi that Frias drives was also on the Maute list. 

"The plate number, the type of vehicle, the time and place where they hailed him were written there," she said.

Zhona hopes the authorities would locate his husband, but the police have yet to confirm that Frias is dead.

Superintendent Paciano Deloso said the stolen vehicles may have been sold by the group or used for their illegal activities.