By Patricia Lourdes Viray
MANILA, Philippines — It may be a matter of time before the Maute terror group disintegrates as in-fighting reportedly occurs in the group, a Malacañang official said Tuesday.
This follows reports that Abu Sayyaf subleader Isnilon Hapilon, Islamic State emir for Southeast Asia, has abandoned the group in Marawi City.
"Granting that this is true, it would be a clear sign of his cowardice because he abandoned his companions and has run away from the battle. It may also be indicative of the in-fighting that may now be going on within the group," Abella said in a televised press briefing.
The government, however, has yet to verify reports that Hapilon has fled Marawi.
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