Duterte releases 'matrix' of politicians tagged in Marawi siege


Posted at Sep 22 2017 10:35 PM | Updated as of Sep 23 2017 07:35 AM

Duterte releases 'matrix' of politicians tagged in Marawi siege 1
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(UPDATED) President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday released a list of local officials who allegedly funded the Maute siege in Marawi City.

Duterte released the "matrix" during a meeting with reporters in Davao City.

The President on Thursday visited Marawi for the fifth time and claimed that some personalities and politicians are funding the terror activities in the war-torn city.

"We have now a good picture of what happened in Marawi about the drugs. This is the matrix," Duterte told reporters during his visit in Marawi City.

“I've been telling you that there is a flood of drugs here. Marawi is one. Everyone there was producing shabu. How come the Maute brothers and the terrorists were able to stockpile so much armaments, bullets and ammunition? Saan nila kinuha yun? And three months, I said, we're still fighting,” he added.

Fighting between state troops and Islamic State-linked terrorists erupted on May 23, prompting at least 200,000 residents to flee. 

The conflict has left more than 800 dead and much of the once bustling city in ruins. - Report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News