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AFP Hands Over P22-M for Neutralization of NPA, ASG Most Wanted

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AFP Hands Over P22-M for Neutralization of NPA, ASG Most Wanted

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Published on Wednesday, 12 December 2012 12:23
Written by PAO, AFP
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Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City—Keeping up its end of the bargain, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) formally handed over the reward money totaling P22-million to informants that were vital in the neutralization of most wanted terrorists and rebels, today at the OJ2 multipurpose hall.

The Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, J2, Maj. Gen. Francisco N. Cruz Jr. presided the awarding ceremony. He was accompanied by the Commanding General of the AFP Civil Relations Service, Maj. Gen. Rolando B. Tenefrancia.

The rewards system, which was facilitated by the AFP and Philippine National Police (PNP) National Joint Reward Valuation Committee, encouraged individuals to participate in counter-insurgency and counter-terrorism activities by providing pertinent information on wanted personalities.

As a result, Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) leader Ghumbahali Jumdail, alias Dr Abu, with reward money of P7.4-million, fell to authorities along with nine other ASG key members. Jumdail was among those that were neutralized in the air strike in Parang, Sulu last February that killed 15 known Jemaah Islamiyah and ASG leaders and members.

The other ASG members with rewards were ASG sub-leader Suhud Tanadjalin (killed), with P3.3-million; ASG key member Usman Said alias Kaiser Said (killed), with P1.2-million; and ASG members Imbo Bayani alias Sahibul Jamaani (killed), Harun Jaljalis (killed), Assan/Bin Laden alias Abu Usama (captured), Burrong Rasul Barro alias Abu Mohammad (captured), Rommel Abbas alias Abu Nick (captured), and Samsudin Musa alias Musa (captured) with P350,000 each.

Three members of the New People’s Army (NPA) were also on the list and they were led by Allan V Jazmines alias Tomas/Arthur with P5.6-million reward on his head. He was captured in February last year with 13 standing warrants of arrest for 14 cases of murder. The other two, Robertson Anchez alias Stanley/Felimon (killed) and Edgardo Sevilla alias Palong/Diego (captured), have P1.2-million each on their head for multiple cases of murder, robbery in band, and multiple frustrated murder.

The reward system for wanted ASG leaders and members was activated on June 12, 2001 as the government intensified its pursuit of terrorists that pose danger and threat to communities and individuals. Meanwhile, the reward system for wanted insurgents was activated in June 30, 2006. Cohorts and other terrorist personalities were then included in the reward system in October 2007.

“We recognize the efforts of these concerned individuals who continue to step up in helping the government, the AFP, and the PNP in the campaign to protect our people from the danger posed by terrorists and lawless elements. The monetary reward is a recognition and appreciation of their bravery in helping to curb criminality,” AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie D Dellosa said.

“As we move closer to our 77th Anniversary Celebration, the AFP continues with its intelligence-driven and focused military operations to neutralize threats to our democratic and free institutions with the help of selfless civilians who aspire for peace and safety in their communities,” General Dellosa added.

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