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Honasan, Sotto asked Marawi local execs to explain how Maute built arsenal under their noses

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LOCAL executives in Marawi City must explain their supposed failure to “detect” the stockpiling of arms and ammunition by the Maute extremist group in their area.

Senators Gringo Honasan and Tito Sotto shared the same view when asked to comment on the objection of Marawi local officials to the policy of Phil. National Police (PNP) to send to the war-torn city erring policemen.

“LGU (local government unit) executives have to explain first how terrorists were able to stockpile food, ammunition, weapons supplies, build trenches, conduct planning meetings without being reported to authorities for pre-emptive action,” Honasan stressed.

Sotto said, “Paano ang Maute group nakapag-stock ng armas, bala na hindi nila namalayan sa ilalim ng ilong nila?”

The Maute extremist group seized Marawi City on May 23 to establish a caliphate or Islamic state in Mindanao.

President Rodrigo Duterte declared martial law in southern Philippines on the same day to end the Marawi crisis and eventually defeat the Maute group.