Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said on Monday that Maute terrorist group is apparently linked with politicians involved in illegal drugs.

In a press conference Dela Rosa said: “Even before yung July 1, pag-assume natin, inannounce natin na mag-surrender iyung drug lords, we received information na lahat ng, karamihan ng drug lords dito sa Metro Manila, Luzon and Visayas ay pumunta doon sa Marawi at nagkaroon sila ng drug summit and they were protected by the Maute Group and narcopoliticians.”

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“Mutual, the feeling is mutual between the two of them (narco-politicians and Maute group). They protect each other and they support each other,” he added.

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A Facebook post of a person named Rashid Bin Alrashid also circulated online, claiming the Maute group is not an ISIS but a private army of Solitario and former mayor of Marawi City Pre Salic.

Rashid claimed that he is relative of Solitario and Pre Salic and his father is one of their soldiers. He also said that since the day the ex-mayor lost the election and Duterte became the president, his drug business suffers a lot and urged the Maute group to terrorize the city while disguising themselves as an ISIS.

Here’s the post:

“PAANO NAKAPASOK ANG MAUTE GROUP SA MARAWI?

Ang Maute group ay hindi ISIS, kundi sila ay private army ni Solitario at former mayor pre salic. Nong panahon na pinapadakip ni president duterte si pre at soli, nasa BUTIG lanao del sur po sila. kasama ang maute group at ilang civilian. 300 katao sila lahat. ngaun bakit po sila nanggugulo sa marawi? kc natalo po sila jan sa halalan. humina narin kita nila sa droga. ginagamit lng nila flag or porma ng ISIS! pra pang dagdag attraction at hndi sila mabisto na mga private army sila.

Paano ko nalaman ito? sapagkat ang mismong nagsabi saakin ay bapa ko at magkakamag anak kami nina pre at soli., at isa ang bapa ko sa 300 na tao ni soli at pre sa butig lanao del sur.

Sa mga nagsasabi bakit ko nilalaglag sila kung tlagang magkakamag anak kami? TAMA magkaka mag anak kami sa DUGO pero hndi sa agama ng ISLAM. SHIA AT SUNNI ay magkaiba. at hndi po it propaganda, dahil wla po akong mapapala kung propaganda ito dahil si majul nmn ang mayor ngaun sa marawi city, hndi nmn siya mapapaalis sa puesto niya dahil lang sa post na ito. itong post na ito ay para magkaroon ng kaalaman ang mga tao, kung ano nangyayari tlga.

Nasa inyo na po yan kung maniniwala kayo. nakita niyo nmn may mga ibang tao hndi lng ako ang nagsasabi na sila nga magkapatid ang may kakagawan jan. sina soli at pre. sila ay mga SHIA. wag na kayong magtaka kung sa mga susunod na araw si Mayor majul ay mapatay ng mga MAUTE GROUP.

Yong mga tao na ayaw maniwala at gustong ipa delete itong post ko. Wag ho kayong ganyan! WAg ninyo ipagkait sa mga tao na malaman ang katotohanan, Hindi ko kayo pinipilit maniwala. yan problima saatin Alam na natin ang katotohanan gusto pa natin itago. Hindi po nerespito ng Maute ang parating na ramadan. ngaun saan na tayo kukuha ng makakain at matutulogan sa parating na ramadan? yan ba ang tinatawag na JIHAD! wag po tayong magbulag bulagan. maawa kayo sa mga tao.

Sa mga taong masyadong defensive? sana po ay nasa mabuti kayong kalagayan, patawarin sana kayo ng ALLAH (swt) hndi niyo alam pinagsasabi niyo, nasa maling landas kayo. tawbat kano! bakano pun miyamag shia. astagfirollah.

Sa mga nagtatanong nmn bkit wla akong sariling mukha dito. dahil takot din po ako mamatay ordinaryo akong tao at kamag anak ko sila pre at soli. sigurado magiging critical buhay ko at familya ko pag nakilala ako. Kung kaya nilang tanggalin ang pangalan nila sa druglist ni duterte, wala silang hindi kayang gawin.”

The post has already garnered thousands of shares on Facebook but still remains a conspiracy theory and unconfirmed.

Here’s a report from PTV:

If these reports were verified and confirmed as authentic, it seems there’s a connection to the viral post of a certain Abe Puruggan that his friend, a retired general, a veteran warrior who spent his military career for more than 20 years in Mindanao, told him that the terror attack in Marawi is unusual.

The post also claimed that some Maute members are reportedly also members of the Magdalo Partylist or the Samahan Magdalo.

The retired general has urged the government to “investigate immediately and make arrests if necessary. Life of people here is at stake. There is imminent danger. National security is threatened.”

He also encourages everyone to be alert and be careful. Because some politician/narco-politician “can afford to sacrifice the lives of our people and plunge this country into chaos just to pursue their selfish political agenda.”

Sources: PTV, GMA News Online

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