THE Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police awarded a total of P15.4 million to four informants who helped government neutralize local terrorists led by a woman who aided security forces kill wanted Abu Sayyaf chieftain Isnilon Hapilon in October 2017.
AFP chief Lieutenant General Felimon Santos Jr. and PNP chief General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa led the awarding ceremony at the Intelligence Service of the AFP (ISAFP) compound in Camp Aguinaldo where they personally handed over the money to tipsters whose identities were kept secret for security reasons.
One of the informants received a total of P12.4 million for providing vital information that led to the neutralization of Hapilon, the elusive Abu Sayyaf leader who had P7.4 million bounty on his head and Daesh-inspired Maute Group leader Omar Khayam Mate who had a P5 million prize on his head.
The two masterminded the infamous five-month long Marawi City siege which left at least 987 militants, 168 government troops and 87 civilians dead following fightings that started on May 23, 2017 until both were killed in a military operation on October 16 of the same year.
The P7.4 million reward for the capture of Hapilon is on top of the U.S.$5 million bounty the United States government had placed on Hapilon’s head.
Another informant received P600,000 for helping the government capture Jumar Ibrahim, of the DI-Maute Group, who was charged with kidnapping and illegal possession of hand grenade. Security troops captured the suspect in Bagong Silang, Caloocan City in December 2018.
The third tipster got P600,000 for supplying the information that led to the death of Abu Sayyaf leader Mohammad Aklam Said following an encounter with Army troops in Patikul, Sulu on August 26, 2016.
Said became wanted for his involvement in several kidnapping-for-ransom incidents and beheading of Marine troops in 2011.
A fourth informant received P1.8 million for the arrest of three Abu Sayyaf members -- Bads Adjam also known as Abu Jihad; Adjid Isnani or Adjid Halik; and Adam Muhadam or Junior Hali.
Gamboa said the three were wanted for various cases of kidnapping and serious illegal detention until they were captured by police and military intelligence agents in a string of counter-terror operations in 2016.