DE ORO CITY – Philippine authorities have arrested a former mayor of
Marawi for his alleged role in financing or supporting the local ISIS
group which lay siege on the Islamic city that left dozens of people
dead since fighting began last month.
Salic, who was once married to Filipina actress Alma Moreno, has been
arrested late Wednesday at a roadblock in Villanueva town in Misamis
Oriental province while on a truck on his way to Cagayan de Oro City.
His vehicle also displayed a sticker with President Rodrigo Duterte’s
name on it.
officials said Salic, whose wife Rasmia, is the niece of Farhana Romato
Maute, the mother of the leaders of the local ISIS group and is also
wanted by authorities on rebellion charges.
and the Maute matriarch are both included in the list of over 180
people who are being hunted by the police and military authorities in
connection to terrorism charges. Salic strongly denied all accusations
recently, authorities also arrested Cayamora Maute, the clan’s
patriarch and one of his wives and daughters, and another man while
attempting to enter Davao City in a rented van. Both Salic and the elder
Maute were transported to Manila on Thursday where they would be
said he does not fear for his security, but is terrified that he would
be jailed for a crime he did not commit. He said he has no connections
with the ISIS or the Maute group and was never a financier or supported
the radical group.
The politician was briefly held at the headquarters of the 4thInfantry
Division here before escorted under heavy security to the airport. His
family and relatives claimed the military did not allow them to see or
visit Salic and not even his lawyers.
was no immediate statement from the actress on the arrest of Salic, but
the two had separated in 2014 after getting married in Cebu City in
central Philippines in March 2009. They also have a child who is now 7
years old. (Moh Saaduddin and Rhoderick Beñez)
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