Search for missing cop in Marawi continues

CAMP SK PENDATUN, Maguindanao — Philippine National Police (PNP) authorities in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) have intensified their search for a missing police officer involved in the Marawi City operation against terrorists.

Chief Supt. Theodore Sindac, ARMM police director, said the search for missing Police Officer 1 Mohaimin Nato is ongoing and they are hoping he is alive.

Nato was assigned in Marawi City when the Maute terrorist group and Abu Sayyaf attacked the city on May 23.

Along with Nato’s family and relatives, the Lanao del Sur and Marawi police offices have continued searching for the missing policeman who was last seen fighting the ISIS-inspired group in Marawi City’s commercial district.

Sindac would not speculate as to what happened to Nato but added that the PNP-ARMM acknowledged his bravery.

Speaking to reporters, Sindac said the PNP-ARMM lost six police officers in the Marawi siege, while 61 police personnel were injured in the fight against the ISIS-leaning group.

Sindac said some of the injured police officers remained in the hospital.

Sindac assured the family of Nato that the police would continue searching for him, especially now that the war against the ISIS group in Marawi City is nearing its end. Edwin Fernandez/