PNP captures suspected Maute group funder

Rambo Talabong

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PNP captures suspected Maute group funder
Aminkisa Macadato is included in the Martial Law Arrest Orders of the Department of National Defense

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has captured a suspected funder of the Maute terror group.

Chief Inspector Joselito Brioso , PNP Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) spokesperson, shared to media the initial report on the capture of Aminkisa Macadato on Tuesday, October 24.

According to the report, authorities arrested Macadato in Barangay Paso de Blas, Valenzuela City, on October 7, for illegal possession of firearms and explosives.

Operatives of the PNP CIDG and Eastern Police District (EPD) found Macadato with a gun and a grenade.

Macadato is included in Martial Law Arrest Orders 1 and 2 of the Department of National Defense (DND) for his supposed connection to the Maute group.

Macadato is a nephew of Farhana Maute, the matriarch of the homegrown terrorist group. (READ: Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi)

According to an ABS CBN News report, Macadato is also suspected of involvement in previous Maute attacks and was in contact with enemy combatants from the Marawi battle zone. (READ: Marawi: 153 days and more) –

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Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers the House of Representatives and local governments for Rappler. Prior to this, he covered security and crime. He was named Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. In 2021, he was selected as a journalism fellow by the Fellowships at Auschwitz for the Study of Professional Ethics.