The stunning discovery made by the members of Philippine Marines once they entered an deserted hideout of the Maute Terrorist Group in Marawi City raised questions if the group is backed by some huge folks to create chaos in Mindanao.
Davao Breaking News, a neighborhood information outlet in Mindanao revealed that at the least two former mayors of Lanao del Sur have been among the signatories of the recovered checks worth ₱27-M from the Maute terrorist group.
Their sources recognized the 2 politicians who signed some of the recovered cheques which may grew to become an proof that the group obtained a assist from influential folks in Mindanao.
The information outlet didn’t revealed the names of the 2 politicians till the investigation is performed.
Cash and cheques have been recovered by the marines inside a vault saved in a home close to Mapandi bridge.
The stunning discovery may grew to become an proof to the claims of President Rodrigo Duterte that some ‘narco-politicians’ have been linked to the native terrorist group to disturb the peace and order of the federal government as revenge to the struggle towards unlawful medicine that destroyed their shabu enterprise.
If the 2 politicians confirmed that they conspired with the terrorist group and financed their operations towards the federal government forces, they are often charged for violating the REPUBLIC ACT NO. 10168 also referred to as “The Terrorism and Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012”
According to the regulation, any individual “who, directly or indirectly, willfully and without lawful excuse, possesses, provides, collects or uses property or funds or makes available property, funds or financial service or other related services, by any means, with the unlawful and willful intention that they should be used or with the knowledge that they are to be used, in full or in part: (a) to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act; (b) by a terrorist organization, association or group; or (c) by an individual terrorist, shall be guilty of the crime of financing of terrorism and shall suffer the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00) nor more than One million pesos (Php1,000,000.00).”
“Any person who organizes or directs others to commit financing of terrorism under the immediately preceding paragraph shall likewise be guilty of an offense and shall suffer the same penalty as herein prescribed.”