"He opened fire on our troops, triggering a gun battle," Encinas stated and adding that Balindong had already six warrants of arrest for murder charges.
Watch Related Video:
Balindong is known to be one of the most wanted drug lord in the province, warrant was against him for peddling illegal drugs. However, there were also reports that ties Nago Balindong to be Maute supproters.
Among the recovered were 10 mobile phones, P3,000 cash, 3 huge sachets of shabu, .45 pistol and two hand grenades.
Authorities were also able to arrest three of Balindong's lackeys who were identified as Bocari Balindong, Camaloden Balindong and Tingaraan Boro-Boro.
The slain alleged Maute supporter's wife, Noraya Santican Balindong, who is a barangay official, was also arrested after the shootout.
Meanwhile, Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, deputy commander of the Eastern Mindanao Command, stated in a televised press conference that there are some members of the Marawi terror group may have already Marawi City.
"It is possible, because at the very start we haven’t plot all the exits of Marawi yet. It's possible, some may have exited Marawi before the incident escalated," he said.
Brig. Gen. Gilbert Gapay also cited that Cayamora Maute, who was considered to be the leader of the Maute group, was apprehended at a checkpoint in Davao City along with other four were also seized during the checkpoint.
Gapay mentioned that some militants may have escaped Marawi City while the Isnilon Hapilon is still believed to be in the city.
Hapilon swore allegiance to ISIS in a YouTube video posted in July 2014 and is believed to be the “emir” of ISIS in the country and President Rodrigo Duterte placed a bounty of P10 million for the neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon and another P5 million bounty for each of the two Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omar Maute.
To prevent any terrorist member from escaping, the local governments implemented tighter security measures like "No ID, No Entry" checkpoints policies.