THE Armed Forces and the PNP yesterday awarded P12.4 million to a tipster who provided information that led to the killing of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria-Southeast Asia emir Isnilon Hapilon and a leader of the Daesh-inspired Maute Group.
AFP chief Lt. Gen. Felimon Santos and PNP chief Gen. Archie Gamboa handed the reward to the informant in rites at Camp Aguinaldo, the military’s general headquarters in Quezon City.
Of the reward, P7.4 million was for the neutralization of ISIS-Southeast Asia emir and Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon while the other P5 million was for the death of Maute Group leader Omar Maute.
Hapilon and Maute were slain by government troops on October 16, 2017 during the Marawi City seige. The five-month conflict ended seven days later, leaving about a thousand terrorists, 168 soldiers and policemen, and 47 civilians dead.
Maute’s brother, Abdullah, who is also a Maute Group leader, was slain in another military operation two months earlier. The government has offered a P5 million bounty for information that would lead to Abdullah’s arrest or killing.
Asked why the reward for Abdullah’s killing has yet to be awarded, Santos said: “I think it under process, its going through a process.”
The US State Department has yet to also award the $5 million reward it offered for information that will bring Hapilon to the bar of justice.
“Yes, there is (a reward offered by US) but the process is tedious….They will go down, they will talk to the informant….They have to talk to the information personally before awarding it,” said Santos.
Three other informants also received a total of P3 million for the killing or arrest of five other terrorists.
One of the three received P600,000 for information that led to the arrest of Maute Group member Jumar Ibrahim by a joint team of soldiers and policemen in Bagoing Silang, Caloocan City in December 2018.
The second tipster also got P600,000 for information that led to the killing of Abu Sayyaf sub-leader Mohammad Aklam Said during a firefight with soldiers in August 2016 in Patikul, Sulu.
The third got a total of P1.8 million – P600,000 each for the arrest of Abu Sayyaf members Bads Adjam, alias Abu Jihad; Adjid Isnani, alias Adjid Halik, and Adam Muhadam, alias Junior Hali in operations from June to July 2016.
Santos thanked the informants for coming forward “notwithstanding their personal risks and provided timely and critical information vital in the neutralization of several high-valued personalities.”
Gamboa said the informants “deserve every single centavo of the money they received for their courage to provide information that led to the arrest of these wanted terrorist and their cohorts.”