Alleged Maute cohort arrested in QC

MANILA (Updated) -- An alleged cohort of the Maute terror group was arrested in his home on Friday, October 27, in Quezon City, police said.

Rasdy Malawani, 42, was arrested for illegal possession of firearms and explosive, said Quezon City Police Office (QCPD) Director Guillermo Eleazar said in a press conference.

Eleazar said they conducted a raid at Malawani's home after a local court issued a search warrant for alleged gun possession.

Malawani, a shopkeeper at Salaam Bazaar, is allegedly collecting funds from other stall owners in the Novaliches mall for Maute brothers' brother, Ominta Romato Maute or Farhana.

He allegedly remitted funds to the wife of Madie Maute, a brother of the slain top leaders of the Maute group, an Islamic State-affiliated group that occupied Marawi City for nearly five months.

Police said Malawani is allegedly providing funds for the terror group, which laid siege to Marawi City on May 23.

National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde said that aside from gun and explosive possession charges, Malawani could face rebellion charges if proven that he was funding the Maute group.

The Philippine government declared the end of the five months war in Marawi, a week after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the city liberated from the terrorist groups. (SunStar Philippines)