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Duterte to lead destruction of arms from Maute Group

A total of 400 weapons recovered by the military from the local terrorist group Maute during their five-month battle in Marawi City will be destroyed in a ceremony to be led by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Lt. Col. Ray Tiongson,  Philippine Army spokesman, said the destruction would be held at 2 p.m. of December 13, 2017, at the Philippine Army Grandstand in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.

Tiongson said that 652 firearms were initially scheduled for destruction, but subsequent inspections and checks showed 252 of these were severely damaged.

The Army liberated the city five months after Maute and Abu Sayyaf terrorists entered the city and seized control of major installations. The Maute terrorists staged multiple attacks following government efforts to arrest Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS Emir in Southeast Asia, Isnilon Hapilon, and his cohorts last May 23.

The fighting finally ended on October 23 after authorities confirmed the death of Hapilon and Omar Maute, the Maute Group co-founder.

The captured weapons included heavy machine guns, sniper rifles, rocket-propelled grenade launchers, and pistols.

The weapons would be crushed by a road roller and before these will be cut into smaller pieces by a metal-bound circular saw. The debris will then be burned.#