The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) announced that it has distributed Php12.1 million reward money to four military informants who provided crucial information which led to the arrest of wanted criminals.
Lt. Col. Harold Cabunoc, AFP public affairs office chief, said the valuable information provided by the informants led to the successful arrest of an NPA leader and three members of the Abu Sayyaf Group.
One of them is notorious NPA bandit leader, Loida Magpatoc who carries a reward money of Php5.6 million.
She was put on the wanted list of criminals for serious offenses such as robbery, double homicide and damage to properties in several occasions.
Her bandit group perpetrated violent attacks against peaceful communities and government installations in both South Cotabato and
North Cotabato from 2008 to 2010.
Also known as "Gwen" and "Bebyang", Magpatoc was captured by combined elements of the Army and the Police somewhere in Davao Del Sur on July 28, 2013.
The members of the Abu Sayyaf bandit group who were also arrested include Basal Talb Sali also known as "Gong-Gong Sali" and "Abu Husni" who carried a total of Php5.3 million bounty on their heads.
Another Abu Sayyaf bandits named Muktar Ladjaperma and Jailanl Basirul carried Php600,000.00 as cash reward for their arrest.
Sali was captured during law enforcement operations conducted by joint army and police elements in Payatas,
on July 25, 2012. Quezon City
Ladjaperma was arrested during law enforcement operations conducted by joint elements of the Army, Task Force Zamboanga and PNP at
on June 3, 2013. Zamboanga City International
Basirul on the other hand, was captured by joint Army and PNP personnel in
on March 15, 2013. Zamboanga
They are granted cash rewards based on the DND-DILG Joint Order on Rewards that was promulgated in November 2012.
The reward program is orchestrated by the AFP thru the AFP-PNP Joint Rewards Valuation Committee (JRVC), which is co-chaired by the AFP Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Intelligence, J2, and Philippine National Police.