Maute bank accounts frozen
The Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has managed to secure a freeze order on all bank accounts and other assets owned by the Maute terrorist group.
The Commission on Audit (COA) said in a report that the AMLC issued Resolution Nos. TF-09 and TF-10 to freeze the terrorist group’s bank accounts, following an order from the Court of Appeals.
The report stated that the group’s bank accounts included the P52 million recovered by Philippine troops from a Maute in the Abu Sayyaf-controlled area.
The COA said that an inquiry into the said bank accounts is ongoing.
Maute armed rebels had clashed with government troops for five months in Marawi City. The radical Islamist group based in Lanao del Sur had been fighting to transform the region into an Islamic state.
President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the city was liberated in October, marking the end of the siege. /ee
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