|4 Maute members arrested|
|Sunday, 19 March 2017 17:26|
Four Maute Group members wanted for high crimes were arrested by combined military and police elements during a raid in Lanao del Sur Thursday dawn.
Western Mindanao Command Spokesperson Capt Joann Petinglay identified the four as Pao Panganga aka Pao Faizal, Alex Areg Bagul, Alisata Tumao Maute, and Saadra Macapanton Madayan.
The four face charges for kidnapping, carnapping, extortion, illegal drugs trading, and murder in the provinces of Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
The four are also suspects in the murder of Police Supt Abner Wahab Santos, Marawi City Police Director.
Panganga is also reportedly involved in the abduction of Omira Lotao, a Mndanao State University employee last March 5.
Arresting teams confiscated three high-powered firearms, improvised explosive devices and drug paraphernalia.
Western Mindanao Command Chief Maj Gen Carlito Galvez commended the accomplishment and attributed the successful arrest to efficient intelligence gathering, information sharing, precise planning and execution by the different AFP and PNP units under Joint Task Force Zampelan. (Liza Jocson)