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27 extremist Maute-Daesh members presented to Duterte in Marawi

A total of 27 extremist Maute-Daesh members were presented to President Rodrigo Duterte during his  visit to Marawi City on Friday.

Joint Task Force Ranao presented to Duterte the 27 rebels, all natives of Lanao del Sur, who have surrendered to the military.

The military said that 15 of the 27 are residents of the towns of Piagapo, six from Butig, five from Marantao, and 1 from Cagayan de oro City.

Also, the military said that most of the surrendered rebels were involved in the five-month Marawi City war that erupted on May 20, 2017, and some of them were active supporters of the Maute Group, included in the arrest order of the Department of National Defense.

Prominent among the 27 rebels are the wife and son of Mohammad Otto Maute, the eldest of the Maute brothers.

Duterte spent time talking with them before the start of presentation event, where cash assistance and other benefits from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) and the provincial government were given to them.

Also, the task force said that 25 more rebels who have surrendered are still in the custody of the 103rd Brigade in Marawi City, waiting for the processing of their documents and other requirements.

On the other hand, a total 2,708 loose firearms were turned over to Duterte.

The loose firearms were surrendered to the mayors of the different towns in Lanao del sur, Lanao del Norte, Iligan City and Zamboanga Sibugay Province. —LBG, GMA News