MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Authorities on Sunday, November 5, arrested Minhati Madrais, the Indonesian wife of slain terrorist leader Omar Maute, in Tubod, Iligan City.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Northern Mindanao Director Chief Superintendent Tim Pacleb confirmed that Madrais was captured at Steele Makers Subdivision in Tubod. She was carrying an expired Indonesian passport, according to police.
With Madrais were her 4 daughters and two sons. The family was temporarily brought to the Iligan City Police Office.
The City Social Welfare and Development Office refused to take the children into custody at the city-run Bahay Pag-asa, saying it is not properly equipped and only has one security guard.
Social worker Funjefrias Sacan suggested that the children be taken to the regional social welfare headquarters in Cagayan de Oro City instead.
Madrais called on the Indonesian embassy to take her and her children away from the Philippines, saying she does not feel safe here.
The arresting team recovered 4 blasting caps, two detonating cords, and one time fuse from Madrais’ house. (READ: Terror in Mindanao: The Mautes of Marawi)
The arrest was made at 9:30 am on Sunday by Joint Task Force Ranao.
Omar Maute, along with Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, had been killed by the military in Marawi City on October 16. The next day, on October 17, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the liberation of the city. Combat operations were declared over on October 23, ending 153 days of war and marking the beginning of rehabilitation efforts. – Rappler.com