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By Francis T. Wakefield

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Monday said that 11 kilos of suspected high grade methamphetamine hydrochloride or shabu with an estimated street value of from P110 to 250 million were recovered by soldiers in the conflict area of Marawi City Sunday night.

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Brig. Gen. Rolando  Joselito Bautista, the Philippine Army’s 1st Infantry Division chief and Task Force Marawi commander, said troops of the Alpha Company led by 1st Lt. Emerson Tapang of the Army’s 49th Infantry Battalion recovered the shabu and four high powered firearms after figuring in a firefight against members of the Maute terrorist group at 6 p.m. Sunday.

He said soldiers spotted men in black emerging from a cluster of houses that prompted troops to maneuver.

Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez, commander of Western Mindanao Command, said the recent recovery is the largest illegal drug haul so far in the area, a proof that the Maute Group is also engaged in illegal drugs.

“This strengthens our findings that these terrorists are using illegal drugs which according to Muslim religious leaders is  haram, or forbidden. These Maute and ASG terrorists are not Muslims. They have violated every tenet of the teachings in the Holy Quran,” Galvez said.

Aside from using and peddling illegal drugs, Maute and ASG terrorists, according to Bautista, are also using mosques as sniper positions, logistics hubs and safe havens for the command and control of their core group.

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