By MB Online
Government troops have recovered some P52.2 million in cash and P27 million in checks inside a house after retaking a stronghold of the local terrorist Maute group in Marawi City.
Members of the Philippine Marines first found P52.2 million in cash at a house located near the Maute group’s machine gun nest in the Mapandi area.
Of this amount, P52 million was wrapped in plastic bundles while P200,000 was stashed in envelopes.
The troops then found checks worth P27 million in the same house, bringing the total amount of the haul to P79.2 million. The checks were all pay to cash.
“(The money and checks were) duly secured and turned over to Headquarters Task Force Marawi for safekeeping. This debunks claims that troops have been involved in looting as claimed by some quarters,” Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla said.
He added that recovery of the money and checks and subsequent turn over to authorities by the military shows that the AFP is doing its job with honor, integrity, and on high moral ground.
Authorities said the owner of the house could be among the 200,000 residents who fled the city after Maute and other bandit groups attacked Marawi on May 23.
Investigators are now looking into the cash and check’s paper trail to confirm if the money is connected to the local terrorist group’s operations.
President Duterte said that Maute terrorists are being funded by foreign terror groups and illegal drug money.
The fighting in Marawi has prompted the President to place the entire Mindanao island under martial rule.
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