By Jeffrey Damicog
Eleven suspected members of the Maute terrorist group, including their matriarch, have been charged with rebellion before the Cagayan de Oro City Regional Trial Court (RTC).
Government prosecutors filed the case against them on Tuesday, a day after inquest proceedings were conducted on Monday. Among those who were accused is Ominta Romato Maute, alias Farhana, who is the mother of the Maute group’s leaders, Omar and Abdullah.
Her other co-accused erre Fahad Salic, Sumaya Bangkit Masakal, Radiea Tugosa Asire, Mariam Ibu Abubakar, Zafeerah Rosales Musa, Nehreen Macaraya Abdul, Nora Moctar Limgas, Mardiyya Haji Ali, Sumayya Lawi Ali, and Noronisa Haji Camal.
The case of rebellion is non-bailable. They were all accused of conspiring with each other in their bid to support the Maute group in Marawi City. In the charge sheet signed by a panel of prosecutors, including Ramoncito Bienvenido Ocampo Jr. and Liezel Aquitatan, the accused reportedly “have risen publicly and taken arms to attain the purpose of removing from allegiance to the Government of the Philippines or its laws thereof, the City of Marawi.”
They were also accused of “hoisting an ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) flag in different conspicuous areas, and chanting ‘the Wilayat (Islamic State) has arrived in Marawi City’ and making armed raids, sorties and ambushes, attacks against police, armed forces, army detachments as well as innocent civilians, hospitals, schools.”
The rap sheet also implicated the accused of committing “acts of murder, arson, and planned destruction of private and public property and have in their possession several firearms and explosives.”
Farhana, who is the first wife of the patriarch of the Maute clan, Cayamora, was arrested by police last Friday night in Barangay Kormatan, Masiu in Lanao del Sur along with nine other persons including two wounded men, who are believed to be members of the Maute terrorist group.
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