LOOK: Maute matriarch also captured

The mother of the Maute Terrorist Group, Ominta Romato Maute, was captured on the evening of June 9.


Farhana, Ominta’s alias, was arrested in the town of Masiu, Lanao del Sur, together with two other wounded family members and other seven unidentified females, said in a situation report submitted to Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa.

"Two days ago, information was received from our [asset] that suspect was hiding in barangay Dayawan, Masiu, Lanao del Sur together with wounded members of Maute and it was revealed that Farhana was buying vehicles and firearms in the area to be used for their escape outside Lanao del Sur province," the report said.

Earlier on June 7, President Rodrigo Duterte shared the Maute brothers’ mom, Farhana, had tried to speak to him but herefused.

Farhana’s two sons, Abdullah and Omar, are the leaders of the notorious terrorist group Maute that pledged alliance with the Abu Sayyaf Faction and Isnilon Hapilon to seize Marawi City.

Their common denominator is the ISIS.

Authorities have identified Farhana as the founder of the Mauter brothers’ operations. Before Mindanao was placed under Martial Law, several warrans of arrest were issued against her.

Her arrest was 3 days after the Maute father, Cayamora Maute was captured. Cayamora was believed to be recruiting Maute soldiers.

Last year, the Maute Group succeeded in raising the black flag of ISIS at the town hall of Butig town in Lanao del Sur. The military was able to retake the town hall after an offensive.

Three military offensives were launched in Butig last year to flush the terrorists out of the town.

Source: InquirerRappler