PNP, AFP clarify conflicting statements on Maute presence in Metro Manila

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FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and the alleged Maute member Nasip Ibrahim

FILE PHOTO: PNP Chief Ronald dela Rosa and the alleged Maute member Nasip Ibrahim.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) will not retract its statement on the alleged presence of the Maute group in Metro Manila.

PNP-Public Information Office chief Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said they are continuously verifying the said information following the arrest of an alleged member of the group identified as Nasip Ibrahim.

“We are to believe that there’s a presence of this cell group and we are still going to look deeply to this group,” PSSupt. Carlos said.

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The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), however, said that based on its intelligence monitoring, they have no information yet of the presence of the Maute group in Metro Manila.

“There is no contradiction with the PNP headquarters on that account because at the time of the media event of the PNP headquarters, the armed forces did not possess the information and the data that was necessary to make a more extensive statement. We could not link anything or conclude anything until we have the information,” AFP spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla.

However, AFP is not disregarding the possibility that some of its members are already here in Metro Manila.

“We say that we cannot discount the possibility of Maute group or any of their cohorts being out to conduct diversionary attacks in Metro Manila and other key cities for that matter,” said AFP Public Affairs Office chief Col. Edgard Arevalo.

In response, the PNP said it respects AFP’s statement. However, the national police stands by its claim that the arrest of Ibrahim is based on their monitoring and thorough investigation.

“They are saying is based on their monitoring, there is none. This has been the result of our investigation it appeared that there is someone providing safe haven for a cell that is coming here,” PIO chief PSSupt. Dionardo Carlos said.

Ibrahim was arrested at his house in Barangay Kuliat Quezon City. Authorities are now looking for their prime target Jamil Tawili, another alleged member of the Maute group. – Grace Casin | UNTV News & Rescue

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