DAVAO CITY, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday the diagram of people involved in the illegal drug trade in Lanao del Sur province shows how the drug trade operates in Marawi City, funding the activities of local terrorists.

“But to what extent was this drugs used to build up the terrorist activity is something which we have really to find,” Duterte said.

He said the matrix was the work of the intelligence for the last three months when troops penetrated the “entrails of the city,” referring to the operation of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-inspired Maute group, who “never ran out of ordnance, explosives, ammunitions, and all.”

The one-page document Duterte showed to members of the media here Friday late night was a diagram linking names and aliases of 11 drug lords and 19 dealers to drug personalities, including politicians.

Personalities involved, as found on the center of the diagram, are Mayor Mamaulan Pangga Abinal Mulok of Maguing town; former Mayor Mohd Ali “Merikano” Abinal of Marantao town; former Mayor Fahad Salic and his sons Vice Mayor Arafat Salic, Samer and Walid; former Mayor Solitario Omar Ali; former Mayor Muslimen Macabato; Mayor Noron Dadayan of Buadi Puso Buntong; Mulondo Mayor Hadji Jamal; and, Vice Mayor Noridin Adiong of Ditsaan Ramain.

The chart also contains “Parojinog Drug Trade” in Ozamiz City, which refers to the family of slain city mayor Reynaldo Parojinog Sr.

The President said those in the list are “really fighting over supremacy of the supply.” “Greed, power and money are always the driving force of illegal activities,” he said. (davaotoday.com)

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