MALAYSIAN terrorist Amin Baco is the new emir of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the Southeast Asia, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Ronald Dela Rosa said on Monday, November 6.
He said the information was revealed by Muhammad Ilham Syahputra, the arrested Indonesian terrorist who took part in the battle in Marawi City.
“We have received reports na ‘yung remaining doon sa grupo na si Amin Baco na nag assume as the new emir,” he said during the presentation of Syahputra in Camp Crame Quezon City.
Dela Rosa quoting Syahputra said Baco took over the position from slain Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon as ISIS emir in Southeast Asia.
Dela Rosa said based on intelligence information there were at least 30 Maute stragglers, including two Indonesians, who remains in the Marawi and are still trying to make their way out of the main battle field.
He said they are also verifying reports that Baco has already exited Marawi.
Deputy Director General Fernando Mendez Jr, PNP Directorate for Operations chief, said Baco is one of the longest staying terrorists in the country who has links with Zulkifli Bin Hir, the subject of the botched Mamasapano operation that led to the killing of 44 Special Action Force commandos.
Syaputra was arrested by joint police and military operatives on November 1 in Barangay Luksa Datu in Marawi City by the law enforcers and the Baranggay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT).
Authorities said Syahputra initially introduced himself as a resident of Cagayan De Oro and an intelligence officer of the military.
Recovered from him were thousands of pesos in cash, one pink electronic tablet, seven gold bracelets, one fragmentation grenade, one .45 caliber Caspian pistol, ammunition and a passport belonging to an Indonesian national named Khoirul Hidayat.
Syahputra, who is considered as a high-value target was transferred to Camp Crame in Quezon City last week where he underwent proper documentation.
Dela Rosa said Syahputra revealed during the tactical interrogation that he is in charge of the drone operation for intelligence purposes of the Maute terror group.
Syaputra also said he killed his two Tausug buddies in order to escape the group. (SunStar Philippines)