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Poverty and brainwashing strategy lured 3 former Muslim rebels to join Maute group

A 28-year-old college graduate from Butig, Lanao del Sur, who spoke on condition of anonymity said the recruiters first invited him to an Islamic seminar. During the course of the activity, he was told he was living a sinful life.

And the only way he would be forgiven, the recruiter said, was to join them and die for the sake of establishing a sinless Islamic community.

He said his knowledge about Islam was little, so that he was easily lured to the brainwashing of ideology of his recruiter. Until one day, he has learned to embrace their teaching.

“I thought they would just establish an Islamic community, a sinless community. It was supposedly their objective,” he said.

Meanwhile, two other returnees who were all farmers also revealed that it was poverty that really prompted them to join the Maute rebel group. Both of them were promised to receive P18,000 up to 20,000 every month.

It was only during the Marawi siege, all three of them discovered they were hired to fight government forces. They weren’t aware of the plan of the terror group to get Marawi City and make it an independent Islamic State.

They have decided to return to the fold of the law as they unmasked the evil plan of the Maute brothers and their cohorts at the height of the skirmishes between the rebel group and government forces.

Birth of Maute-ISIS

Before the establishment of Maute as the name of the terror group that later embrace the evil teachings of Islamic Independent State (ISIS), they were originally known as Dawlah Islamiya, that wereall responsible for the November attacks in Butig town, Lanao del Sur; the 2016 Davao bombing that killed many people and the 2017 Marawi siege that made Marawi City a history as far as development and as a city.

Now the extremist group is reportedly headed by a certain Owayda Benito Marohomdsar alias Abu Dar. During the siege in Marawi, it was reported that the original founders of the group identified as Abdullah and Omar Maute, were all killed in action. – Sweet Lucman/JCE – MDN online

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