Farhana Romato Maute, mother of the Maute brothers who founded the local terrorists, Maute Group, was arrested during a police operation in Masiu, Lanao del Sur, on Friday evening.
The Maute matriarch is tagged as one the leaders of the terrorist group and is included in the military and police watch list of most wanted persons due to terrorism.
According to a report in DZMM Teleradyo, Farhana was arrested along with tao wounded men, and seven (7) women who are suspected to be members of the Maute Group.
According to authorities, Farhana and her group hid in Brgy. Dawana, Masiu where they bought a car and firearms in an attempt to flee Lanao del Sur.
Police have recovered high-caliber firearms and improvised explosive devices (IED’s) from the group.
Two days ago, Cayamora, the Maute patriarch was also intercepted at Sirawak checkpoint in Toril, Davao City. He was arrested along with his third wife, son-in-law and other relatives while on-board a van entering Davao City for medical checkup. Cash, firearms and explosive devices were recovered from the group.
The Armed Forces of the Philippines believe that the arrest of the two leaders will cripple the operations of the Maute Group.