Intelligence failure on Maute Group attack

June 22, 2017 | Brainwave Science


In the siege that began May 23rd, the Manila Supreme Court Associate Justice Mariano Del Castilo said the Maute group attack in Marawi City was a as a result of “total” intelligence failure by the military.

This statement came during the second day, Wednesday 14th June, oral arguments on petitions seeking to nullify President Duterte’s declaration of martial law in Mindanao, according to ABS-CBN News.

Del Castilo questioned how the military appeared to be unprepared and taken by surprise in the attack. Maute group seemed to have unlimited supplies of ammunition indicating a long planned and laid out strategy going undetected. He also recalled the millions of Pesos that was recovered from the group’s hideout.


To the military defense to Supreme court arguments against the martial law declaration, Calida said, intelligence gathering is not perfect.”

He further added, “It’s like a jigsaw puzzle. There are certain parts of the puzzle that are not yet clear. But one thing is clear, the military knew that Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon (Hapilon) was already in Marawi City and that’s why they went there to arrest him because they got wind also of his plans.”


The recent standoff in and around the Marawi area suggests an intelligence failure on the part of the military as it appears to have missed connecting the dots from information sources and suspect leads until the launch of full onslaught.

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