CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded cash rewards amounting to P27.6 Million to informants for the vital information they shared that led to the neutralization of ten (10) terrorists in a ceremony held Thursday, 31 May 2018 at the Intelligence Service Multi-purpose Hall, here.
General Carlito Galvez Jr., the AFP Chief of Staff personally handed over the cash rewards to ten (10) individuals whose identities were concealed for their security. Also present in the ceremony was MGen Fernando Trinidad, the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, J2.
Through information shared by tipsters, eight (8) Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) members and cohorts, and two (2) Communist Terrorist Leaders were either killed or arrested in law enforcement operations conducted by the AFP in coordination with the Philippine National Police. One of the known terrorist personalities neutralized was Ahmad Akmad Batabol alias ‘Basit Usman’ with a P6.3 Million-bounty on his head. He is a bomb expert and a globally notorious terrorist who is one of the associates of Marwan.
He is included in the U.S. Most-Wanted Terrorists list. Other neutralized personalities were ASG members Muhiden Abdusalam Uyong alias ‘Waning Abdusalam’ with P3.7 Million; Kiri Hamid Sahiron with P3.3 Million; and Mustapha Guindalangan alias ‘Tha’ with P1.2 Million.
Arrested ASG cohorts with rewards were Basit Balahim alias ‘Ballan’ and Regin Onsing Nazirin alias ‘Sahirun’ with P1 Million each; and Abdullah Mutalib and Aldimar Sangkula alias ‘Kompol-Kompol’ with P600 Thousand each.
The Communist Terrorist Leaders arrested were Eduardo Genelsa alias ‘Lando’ with P5 Million and Ricardo Ampan Manili alias Joker with P4.9 Million.
The cash reward system that started in 2001 is aimed at encouraging citizens to join in the AFP and other law enforcement agencies’ counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts. This is also part of the military’s campaign towards a whole-of-nation approach in attaining the shared goal of a just and lasting peace and development for the country. ALS / MCAG