Security forces found drug paraphernalia at a Marawi City mosque during Saturday’s clearing operations.
Shabu pipes and lighters were found in the mosque, where some 30 Maute group gunmen were believed to have established firing positions.
“‘Yung mosque na ‘yun, ‘yung masjid na ‘yun, ginagamit ng Maute terrorist group as safe haven,” explained Philippine National Police-Drug Enforcement Group officer Chief Inspector Wilson Santos. “Doon sila bumabatak. And ginagamit din nila ‘yun as sniping area.”
Aside from the drug paraphernalia, authorities also recovered an identification card and a driver’s license that belonged to a police officer who was assigned in Rizal province.
“Nakuhanan kasi siya ng picture. Kasi, andoon sa area kasama ng mga Maute,” said Santos.
He added that the Rizal cop was seen with Davao City bombing suspect Police Officer 2 Jessy Vincent Guinto Original, who was also known by the alias Abu Aisha.
Aisha had been working at an Antipolo Police Station, at the Regional Office 4-A.
“Nung kinausap ko si Original during his arrest, sinabi niya sakin na may kasama pa siyang isang pulis. Hindi lang niya pinangalanan ‘yung pulis na ‘yun. Eh ngayon nakita na natin kung sino ‘yung kasamang pulis ni Original,” Santos said.
Police investigators are checking if the Rizal cop was absent without leave.