FILE PHOTO: Col. Romeo Brawner Jr., the spokesman of the Joint Task Force Ranao, revealed that the Maute group already has an estimated of around 100 new recruits in the province of Lanao del Sur.
MANILA, Philippines — Task Force Ranao Deputy commander Col. Romeo Brawner Jr. admitted that the Maute terror group continues to recruit more members.
According to Col. Brawner, those who were able to escape during the first pursuit operations in Marawi City are now leading the recruitment of new members.
He said that based on the information they received, the Maute members are offering money, firearms, and jewelry which they stole from the homes and banks they have broken into in Marawi City.
“They are still continuing to recruit dahil nga doon sa sunod-sunod na dagok, dahil yung mga taong bayan mismo nagtuturo kung saan yung mga miyembro ng Maute-ISIS. That’s why we were able to hit them,” said the deputy commander.
(They are still continuing to recruit because of the series of setbacks they experienced, as the public is providing information on their whereabouts. That’s why we were able to hit them.)
To date, the Maute group has around 150 new recruits.
With this, authorities continue to intensify their intelligence gathering aside from the regular patrols they conduct.
The military believes the arrest of the wife of Marwan, Juromee Dongon, is a huge setback to the terrorist group.
“We have stopped the connection to the international somehow you know na control natin ung connection na ‘yun dahil naniniwala tayo na ung asawa ni Marwan naging link nila in terms of logistics na papasok dito sa ating bansa,” said Brawner.
(We have stopped the connection to the international, somehow you know that we control that connection because we believe that the wife of Marwan is their link in terms of logistics that will enter our country.)
Authorities are monitoring the possible entry of the men of Marwan’s wife who know how to create bombs. — Victor Cosare | UNTV News & Rescue