Maute brothers' dad now in Metro Manila, says military

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 08 2017 07:33 AM

Cayamora Maute gestures inside the police station after his arrest in Davao City, Tuesday. Lean Daval Jr., Reuters

MANILA - Cayamora Maute, father of 2 brothers who founded the bandit group laying siege to Marawi City, was transferred to Metro Manila from Davao City, the military confirmed Thursday.

"Ini-transport siya kagabi, pasado midnight, 10 minutes past midnight, batid po naming nakarating na po ng Maynila pero sa eksaktong lugar po kung saan siya dinala e hindi po sa amin binanggit," Armed Forces spokesperson Brig. Gen Restituto Padilla told radio DZMM.

(He was transported last night, about 10 minutes past midnight, we received confirmation that he has arrived in Manila but the exact place was not mentioned to us.)

Maute's sons Omar and Abdullah, who are said to have been radicalized while studying abroad, had led extremists in attacking Marawi City last May 23, prompting President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law in Mindanao.

The patriarch was arrested in Davao City Tuesday on board a vehicle with his daughter, wife, a son-in-law and their driver, said Padilla. Seized from their van were a pistol and hand grenade.

ABS-CBN sources said the 67-year-old Maute landed at the Villamor Airbase from Davao City past midnight and was later transferred to Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig.

Journalists waiting at the airbase however did not see his arrival nor the exit of the convoy that supposedly brought him to the police camp.

Maute has a standing arrest warrant for 5 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention. He was also charged with illegal possession of a firearm and an explosive over the weapons found in his van on Tuesday.

The fighting led by his sons in Marawi meanwhile has left dead 134 Maute fighters, 39 state troops and 20 civilians as of Thursday morning, according to military spokesman Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla. -- With a report from Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News