From Presidential Spokesperson Ernie Abella – On the arrest of the Maute patriarch at the Davao checkpoint

The arrest of Cayamora Maute, the father of the Maute brothers Omar and Abdullah, at a military checkpoint is a welcome development to break the cycle of lawlessness in some areas in Mindanao.

The apprehension of the Maute patriarch is a significant step to prevent and suppress future terrorist acts, and we thank Task Force Davao for its quick response.

Let us therefore continue our vigilance and never lose sight of our common objective of bringing peace and development in the entire country.