Duterte: MILF, MNLF may have armed Maute

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President Rodrigo Duterte said the Maute Group may have acquired its huge stock of weapons from other rebel groups such as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF).

Duterte admitted that the government knew that Muslim rebels were supplying weapons in Marawi but authorities did not interfer because of peace agreement between MILF and MNLF.

“But we know these [firearms]are high powered because we never knew at that time who is the real enemy. Are these just warring politicians? Clan war? Between private armies of politicians? It turned out Maute members were bringing the firearms surreptitiously and we were not able to know how many ammunitions did they have,” the President said.

Even though the MILF and MNLF supply the Maute group, they still offered their help to stop the crisis in Marawi.

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