AFP spokesman says US gov’t to validate recipient of huge reward
INFORMANTS will get the multimillion-dollar reward for information that led to the killing of terrorist
leaders Isnilon Hapilon and Omar Maute, the military clarified yesterday.
The reward money is not intended for government troops, Armed Forces of the Philippines
spokesperson Major General Restituto Padilla said yesterday.
He said that the $5-million reward from the US government will go to the informants, who will
still need to undergo validation by US agents.
“[The reward moneys] are not intended for soldiers, maliban na lang po nung ibinigay ng ating
pamahalaan na nanggagaling sa ating Pangulo, na sinabi niya wala siyang binigay na specific na
[instruction] sinong tatanggap ... ang sinabi niya lang kung sinong makakakakuha doon sa dalawa,”
“Ang reward money po ay intended sa mga importamante pong nagbigay ng impormasyon. [At ] ‘yan
ay isusumite para sa isang masusing validation,” he said.
He added that there is a committee assigned to review the process of awarding the bounty.
However, Padilla said that recipients of the reward offered by President Rodrigo Duterte to
neutralize the terror leaders have yet to be determined.
“Kung maalala niyo po noong unang buwan o pangalawang buwan ng bakbakan diyan, siya ay
maglalaan ng tig-limang milyon bawat high-value targets na ito at binanggit niya na ibibigay niya kung
sino man ang makakakuha at hindi niya sinabi na ito ay para sa impormante kaya magbibigay daan po kami
sa opisina ng ating mahal na Pangulo upang ikumpirma ‘yan at ibigay sa nararapat kung sino man ang
gusto nila,” he said.
Last June, Duterte offered a P10-million bounty for the neutralization of Hapilon and P5
million each for the two Maute brothers Abudllah and Omar.
On the other hand, the US government, through the Federal Bureau of Investigation, had offered
a $5-million reward for Isnilon.
Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana earlier confirmed the deaths of Hapilon and Omar.
Omar was shot in the head by a government sniper while Hapilon died of gunshot wounds in the
The FBI on Saturday said that the DNA samples it tested matched the DNA of Hapilon.
Padilla also said yesterday that there are still more or less 10 local pro-ISIS terrorists
holed up in Marawi City, as government forces continue mopping-up operations to totally rid the city of
radicalized forces this Sunday.
Padilla also said that there are still at least two foreign terrorists in the city.
Meanwhile, more or less 10 hostages are also still with the terror forces, he said.
Padilla assured the people that government troops are trying to beat the self-imposed deadline
as they clear up at least five buildings.
Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte declared that Marawi City was free from terrorists after
some five months of firefighting.
As of October 19, a total of 897 enemies, 47 civilians, and 164 government troops were killed
in the firefight that started on May 23. A total of 1,777 civilians have also been rescued while 850
firearms have been recovered. (emontano)