MANILA - Minhati Madrais, the wife of slain terror leader Omar Maute, was in charge of the logistics and finances of the Maute group during their 5-month siege of Marawi, the Philippine National Police said Monday.
"Sa logistics at financial side, ang mga babae ang gumagana, just like his (Maute's) mother Farhana. Iyan ang papel nila," PNP chief Director General Ronald Dela Rosa said in a press briefing.
Dela Rosa added that Madrais, an Indonesian national, was a "hardcore" follower of Islamic State. She allegedly helped her husband spread the IS doctrine in the Philippines,
The Northern Mindanao police on Sunday arrested Madrais in her house in Iligan City, which yielded bomb-making materials.
Madrais, alias Baby, was among more than 100 people ordered arrested by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana after martial law was declared by President Rodrigo Duterte on May 23. Madrais' passport is also expired, another violation of Philippine laws, Dela Rosa earlier said.
Her arrest came weeks after the army announced the end of the battle for Marawi that killed more than 1,100 people, including 165 soldiers.
Asked how Madrais' fall could affect the morale of the Maute group remnants, Dela Rosa said: "'Pag may minus one, hihina ang organization. Paupos na ang mitsa nila."
Major General Restituto Padilla, spokesperson for the military, told DZMM that Madrais remained in police custody while her 6 children, all aged 12 below, will be turned over to the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Report from Bianca Dava, ABS-CBN News