No need yet to provide additional security to BJMP facility holding Maute patriarch

MANILA-- There is still no need for the military to augment the security of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) facility at Camp Bagong Diwa, Bicutan, Taguig where Maute patriarch Cayamora and three of his companions are now being held.

This was stressed by Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Brig. Gen. Restituto Padilla when asked if the military is planning to deploy troops to augment the BJMP security personnel in the facility in wake of this recent transfer.

"There are no plans yet. The BJMP facility (in Camp Bagong Diwa) is quite secured," he said.

Cayamora is the father of Omar and Abdullah, founders of the Maute Group, who are the object of focused military operations in Marawi City.

Earlier, Padilla said the AFP provided transport and security to ensure the safe transfer of the group from Davao City to Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

Transported via Lockheed C-130 "Hercules" cargo aircraft were the elder Maute, second wife Kongan Alfonso Maute, daughter Norjannah and son-in-law Bensarali Tingao.

They took off from Davao City around 9:45 p.m. and arrived in Villamor Air Base, Pasay City around 12: 10 a.m.

The group arrived at the BJMP facility around 1 a.m., Padilla said.

Cayamora and his companions were taken to Metro Manila to ensure their safety while their case is still investigated by the Department of Justice, he added.

The clan patriarch is being charged with rebellion.

The older Maute and his companions were on their way to a hospital in Davao City when arrested by a military checkpoint.

Source: Philippines News Agency