Well, the news broke late yesterday afternoon, Task Force Davao has made an arrest in the Marawi Terrorism case!
Yes, that is right, one of the Maute Terrorists has been arrested, and he was arrested in Davao City.
Honestly, I can’t believe how stupid they were to attempt what they did. The father of the Maute Brothers, Cayamora M. Maute, along with some of his family members were arrested at a checkpoint in Sirawan, Toril, Davao City. Mr. Maute was trying to disguise himself in a van going through the checkpoint, but the soldiers there were suspicious. He was hiding his face, and dressed in a way that made them suspicious, so they checked him further and sure enough, he was one of the terrorists that they were looking for!
Maute is the name of the local terrorist group who is the self-professed ISIS affiliate. About 2 weeks ago they laid siege on Marawi City, killing hundreds of innocent civilians and putting the City into chaos. Tens of thousands of people who live in Marawi are now refugees in different areas in the Philippines because it is still not safe for them to return home to Marawi. Marawi City is located in Lanao del Sur province, south of Iligan City.
I have passed through that checkpoint in Toril many times in the past. It is not a new checkpoint that was set up recently due to the terrorist activity in Marawi. This checkpoint had been in place for, I believe 12 to 15 years already! Task Force Davao is a group of AFP soldiers who are here to protect Davao, and they have always done a great job in doing that. There are several entry points into Davao City from the rest of Mindanao, and the Task Force has major checkpoints at each entry point into the city. Terrorists find it difficult to enter the city because of this.
When you pass through this checkpoint (and the others) every car is thoroughly checked. If there is a bus or other public transportation vehicle, all passengers are required to exit the vehicle and the inside of the vehicle is inspected before it is allowed to proceed into the city. Vehicles leaving the city are not checked, only those entering the city, as the whole purpose of the checkpoints is to keep the undesirable people out of the City of Davao, and it has been very successful in fulfilling that purpose.
Congratulations to Task Force Davao! These guys are a great asset of the city, and we live a lot safer here because of them!
Glad to see one of the terrorist kingpins in this Marawi siege under arrest. Let’s hope that the others, and their comrades or either killed or arrested soon!