Marawi Siege: 79 MILLION PESOS in cash and checks seized from Maute sniper position

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P79-M worth of checks, cash found by PH Marines in Maute lair

By: Frances Mangosing – Reporter / @FMangosingINQ
INQUIRER.net   June 06, 2017

Members of the Philippine Marines on Monday recovered P79 million in cash and checks from a house that used to be a sniper position of the Maute Group in Marawi City.

A total of P27 million worth of checks and P52 million worth of cash in bundles were discovered in one of the houses in Barangay (village) Mapandi during the clearing operations of some troops of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 7 on Monday.

There will be an investigation as to where the money came from, Ltc. Jo-ar Herrera, spokesperson of the Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said in a press briefing Tuesday.

“We will not speculate here. We will wait for the facts after the investigation,” he said.

The Marawi crisis reached its 15th day on Tuesday and nearly 200 people have been killed and thousands have fled.

But the recovered cash and checks may indicate that the Maute group is on the run.

“The government troops are sustaining… The recovery of cash indicates the Maute is running and the troops are pressing in,” Herrera said.

The gunbattle started with the military’s botched raid against Abu Sayyaf senior leader Isnilon Hapilon but reinforcements from the Maute Group came.

Hapilon is also reportedly the emir of the Islamic State in Southeast Asia. IDL/rga

 

P79-M in cash, checks found in fallen Maute stronghold

Report from Chiara Zambrano, ABS-CBN News

Jun 06 2017 

MANILA – (UPDATED) State forces discovered Monday at least P79 million in cash and checks in a house in Marawi City after retaking a stronghold of the Maute fighters they have been battling since last month.

The Philippine Marines first found P52.2 million in cash at a house located near the extremists’ machine gun nest in the Mapandi area.

Of this amount, P52 million was wrapped in plastic bundles while P200,000 was stashed in envelopes.
The troops then found checks worth P27 million in the same house, bringing the total amount of the haul to P79 million.

Authorities said the owner of the house was likely among the 200,000 residents who fled from Marawi after Maute and other bandit groups attacked the city on May 23.

Investigators are now looking into the cash and check’s paper trail to confirm if the money is connected to terrorist operations.

President Duterte earlier said that Maute terrorists are being funded by foreign terror groups and illegal drug money.

The fighting in Marawi has prompted Duterte to place the entire Mindanao island under martial rule.

A presidential spokesman said 120 militants have died in the battle, along with 38 government forces. The authorities have put the civilian death toll at between 20 and 38.

Authorities recover P79 million in cash and checks in Marawi home

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