THE remains of terrorist Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Marwan was buried in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, on the same day that he was killed by Special Action Force commandos on January 25, according to the Philippine National Police (PNP) Officer-in-Charge and Deputy Director General Leonardo Espina.
Espina on Thursday said they received reliable information that Marwan’s supporters buried him on the day that he died.
“He had to be buried on the day of his death based on Muslim culture,” he told reporters.
Espina, however, did not specify the exact location where supporters buried the remains of Marwan, who carries a $5-million reward.
Residents of Libutan barangay (village) in Mamasapano town earlier denied reports that Marwan was buried beside the Pusaka mosque, the oldest and most sacred mosque in the province of Maguindanao.
The residents said they would not allow a terrorist like Marwan to be laid to rest near the sacred mosque.
The SAF commandos had killed Marwan before they were attacked by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF).
The clash left 44 SAF members dead.
Another terrorist, Usman, a Filipino, who allegedly managed to escape during the firefight, is still the subject of a manhunt by government forces.
Marwan is a Malaysian bomb expert and a member of the Indonesia-based terror group Jemaah Islamiah (JI).
He was involved in several deadly bombing incidents in the past, including the Bali bombing in October 2002.
Usman is a JI-trained bomb expert and formerly a sub-commander of the MILF–Special Operations Group.
He was reportedly responsible for several deadly bombing attacks in Mindanao.
Reports said Usman broke away from the BIFF to form his own group, the Bangsamoro Justice Movement, which pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).
Prior to his death, Marwan was reportedly leading a recruitment drive for the ISIS in Mindanao.