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AFP clarifies: former Marawi mayor invited not arrested

Armed Forces of the Philippines

The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) clarified that former Marawi city, Lanao Del Sur mayor Solitario Ali was only invited for questioning amidst reports that the military arrested Ali after the former mayor attended a campaign rally of the Partido Demokratiko Pilipino-Lakas Ng Bayan (PDP-Laban) on Friday, April 12, at the Mindanao State Univerisity in Marawi City.

Per reports, Col. Romeo Brawner, commander of the 103rd Infantry Brigade, questioned Ali regarding the five-month long conflict in 2017 between the Philippine military and Islamic State inspired Maute Terror Group in Marawi City.

The mayor was allowed to leave┬áKampo Ranao, headquarters of the Army’s 103rd Infantry Brigade, after being questioned.

Ali had not be seen in public since the Department of National Defense issued an arrest order against him and others linked to the 2017 Marawi Siege.

Despite laying low, Ali managed to file a certificate of candidacy to run for mayor of Marawi City in the May elections.

In March, Ali’s son, incumbent Marawi city mayor Arafat Salic, was arrested for his inclusion in the arrest but was released by the Department of Justice since the order was not issued by the courts.

In June 2018, Ali’s brother, former mayor Fajad Salic, was arrested at a checkpoint in Cagayan De Oro, Misamis Oritental for allegedly supporting the Maute group.

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