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    Tuesday, June 6, 2017

    BREAKING: 2 Lanao ex-Mayors among signatories of multi-million cheques recovered from Maute group?

    News proliferated over the media on Tuesday regarding the seizure of the Maute group’s nest in Marawi City by government troops where multi-million peso cash and cheques have been recovered.

    According to an online article published by Davao Breaking News (DBN), “about P27 million worth of cheques and P52 million in cash were recovered by the authorities in what they called as a machine gun nest of the terrorist group Monday afternoon.”

    The catch was, among the retrieved documents two former mayors of Lanao were found out to be signatories of the recovered multi-million peso worth of the said cheques.

    The article affirmed that reliable sources were able to confirm that the two signatories are indeed politicians-former mayors of Lanao. The article further claimed that one of the two unidentified ex-mayors died earlier this year.

    Shortly after the retrieval of the said documents, authorities are hoping that this could finally lead to the disclosure of several narco-politicians in the country who are allegedly funding terrorist groups in Mindanao, specifically the Maute group.

    “Authorities hope that the recovered cheques could finally lead them to the link between the terror group and suspected narco-politicians which President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said were funding the terrorists who in turn protect the illegal drug dealers,” claimed the DBN article.

    Meanwhile, the said DBN article concluded by citing the “Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012” which imposes sanctions against individuals who are caught or proven to be financing any terrorist group or any acts of terrorism for that matter.

    “The Terrorism Financing Prevention and Suppression Act of 2012 penalizes any person “who, directly or indirectly, willfully and without lawful excuse, possesses, provides, collects or uses property or funds or makes available property, funds or financial service or other related services, by any means, with the unlawful and willful intention that they should be used or with the knowledge that they are to be used, in full or in part:

    (a) to carry out or facilitate the commission of any terrorist act; (b) by a terrorist organization, association or group; or (c) by an individual terrorist, shall be guilty of the crime of financing of terrorism and shall suffer the penalty of reclusion temporal in its maximum period to reclusion perpetua and a fine of not less than Five hundred thousand pesos (Php500,000.00) nor more than One million pesos (Php1,000,000.00).”

    “Any person who organizes or directs others to commit financing of terrorism under the immediately preceding paragraph shall likewise be guilty of an offense and shall suffer the same penalty as herein prescribed.”

    In depth investigations are currently being made by the authorities. This is in connection to the successful seizure of the Maute Group’s nest and the retrieval of crucial documents that could lead to a successful investigation.

    Source: For the Motherland-Sass Rogando Sasot, Davao Breaking News

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