Foreign fighters aiding the Maute terror group managed to mix in with the folks of Marawi City by pretending to be tourists attending a non secular festivity final May.
Officials from the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Philippine National Police (PNP) have admitted overlooking such info in a safety briefing given to senators final Tuesday.
“We were questioning bakit may mga foreign terrorist na sumali. Yun pala ang nangyari. Sumabay sila dun sa Muslim event. Tinaon ng Maute group dun sa Muslim festivities wherein Muslims go there talaga na pumupunta yung Muslim brothers natin and even those from other countries as well on that particular day,” Sen. Joseph Victor “JV” Ejercito, who was amongst these current in the stated briefing, narrated.
“Kaya the PNP said they saw nothing irregular in the presence of Saudi Arabian, Malaysian, Indonesians. ‘Yun pala yung mga fighters na ito sumabay na. Na underestimate nila,” he stated.
Ejercito nonetheless stated the safety forces ought to have nonetheless intensified security measures in the world given the spiritual occasion.
In a means, Ejercito stated there was failure of intelligence on the a part of the PNP which was then supposedly already monitoring down Abu Sayyaf group (ASG) chief Isnilon Hapilon who merged forces with the Maute group in sowing terror in Marawi City.
“But nonetheless that’s not an excuse. Kumbaga nautakan tayo, bakit hindi nila naisip na pwedeng gamitin itong occasion na ito. Sabi kasi nila parang yun na nga ang ginawang cowl na sinakyan din ng ating
officers, akala nila nothing irregular with a number of foreigners coming to Marawi at the moment,” he stated.