Philippines Says no Deal With Islamist Who Seized Marawi


The Philippines prohibited  the negotiations with Islamist militants while holding sacrificial lamb and occupying a southern town, after  getting the reports that a rebel leader wanted to trade a Catholic priest for his parents.

Ernesto Abella, the presidential spokesman  said that there would be no deal with the Maute group militants penetrated up in Marawi City because that was against government policy and no one had the authority to do that so don’t try to bargain.

Daily Inquirer of Philippine  reported that on Sunday , one of two brothers named  Abdullah Maute, who formed the militant group carrying their name had told religious diplomat that he wanted discharge of his mother and father in return for Father Teresito ‘Chito’ Soganub vicar general of Marawi.

The authorities believe more than 100  Christians along with Suganob are linked insurgents as human shields which is held by the Islamic State.

The military and our political leaders, Abella told reporters that The government policy not to negotiate with terrorists remains, hence the local religious leader led talks with terrorists and On last Sunday it was one not sanctioned by government.

” therefore, Any demands hold no basis which is made inside” Let us recall the public, the gravity and the supporters of the terrorists offences is immense and  for all of their actions, they must be held accountable.”

On Sunday, Taking advantage of a short  of the Eid al-Fitr Islamic holiday eight Muslim leaders get entered into the conflict zone along with the rescue teams and briefly met  with Maute, who had fled the battle, a day earlier the  military said.

Cayamora Maute, Maute brother’s father was apprehended in Davao City and on Mindanao island on June 6 which is about 140 km southeast of Marawi. Later after three days, Farhana Maute, their mother who is a  dominant  businesswoman,  was arrested closer to Marawi.

Cause of disintegration

Over the past week, military’s public relations machine has been insisting that the rebel leadership was breaking down and were saying the reason behind that is top commanders had escaped or were killed in action and the group was filled up with disharmony. It also said that the rebels had carry out some of their own members  who want to surrender themselves.

However,  The Military officers have said that the due to shortage of solid proof of such developments they were working to investigate about intelligence reports.

On Tuesday, The army said that there were  sightings of the departure from the battle zone of Isnilon Hapilon, the Islamic State’s anointed ’emir’ in Southeast Asia. Abella said he was not committed to his cause.

Abella said ,”Hapilon for whom the United States has a $5 million bounty. It would be a clear sign of his spiritlessness because he has  deserted his colleagues.”

On Tuesday, Heavy clashes broke out as the battle for Marawi entered into its sixth week with strong bombing raids by planes on a rebel zone.

The unpleasant seizure of the town by the Maute group has worried the region to the extent the Islamic State agenda which may have gained grip in the southern Philippines and used to banditry, piracy and separatism over the radical Islamist ideology.

Use of heavy weapons raised fears in rebel’s organization mainly in the Roman Catholic country that the Marawi fighting could  be the start of a big campaign and portrayed by the Maute as a triumph that could boost their recruitment process.

From may 23, since an operation to arrest Hapilon went wrong the fighting has raged in the town leading to the government that it not just lose Hapilon but has lost the control of the city.

According to government figures at that time round 27 civilians , 70 servicemen and 290 militants have been killed  and 246,000 people have been displaced from a town where the neighborhoods have been reduced to ruins.

Residents believe that large numbers of civilians may have been killed while some of them get trapped in areas under fire from militant snipers and thrashed by airstrikes and heavy weapons.