CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Armed Forces of the Philippines spokesperson Brigadier General Restituto Padilla challenged former Marawi City Mayor Solitario Ali to surface to prove he has no part in the on-going siege in Marawi by the Daesh-inspired Maute terror group.
According to BGen Padilla, former mayor Ali should immediately surrender to authorities to clear his name on the issue.
It can be recalled that Ali was included in the Martial Law Arrest Order Number 2, signed by Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, after President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in Mindanao last May 23. He is one of the politicians accused by the president of having ties with the illegal drugs trade.
Ali’s brother Fajad Salic, also a former mayor of Marawi, has been charged with rebellion.
They were able to recover two kilos of shabu worth P10 million in the house of Ali former Marawi mayor Omar Solitario Ali by troops conducting clearing operations in battle ravaged Marawi City.
Authorities are convinced that the house was used by the Maute terrorists as a safe house. AES / ALS