The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) handed a total of PHP27.6 million worth of reward money to ten informants who provided information that led to the neutralization of eight Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) and two communist terrorist leaders on Thursday, May 31, 2018.
AFP chief-of-staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. handed the reward to the informants at the awarding program held at the office of Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (ISAFP) in AFP Headquarters, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“Through information shared by tipsters, eight ASG members and cohorts, and two communist terrorist leaders were either killed or arrested in law enforcement operations conducted by the AFP in coordination with the Philippine National Police,” AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.
Among the terrorist personalities that were neutralized was Ahmad Akmad Batabol a.k.a. “Basit Usman” with a PHP6.3 million-bounty on his head. Batabol was included in the US most-wanted terrorists list.
Batabol was a bomb expert and a globally notorious terrorist, who was one of the associates of Malaysian terrorist Zulkifli bin Hir, alias “Marwan”.
Local terrorist group from the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) that were also neutralized include Muhiden Abdusalam Uyong alias “Waning Abdusalam” with PHP3.7 million; Kiri Hamid Sahiron with PHP3.3 million; and Mustapha Guindalangan alias “Tha” with PHP1.2 million.
Arrested ASG cohorts with rewards were Basit Balahim alias “Ballan” and Regin Onsing Nazirin alias “Sahirun” with PHP1 million each; and Abdullah Mutalib and Aldimar Sangkula alias “Kompol-Kompol” with PHP600,000 each.
The arrested communist terrorist leaders were Eduardo Genelsa alias “Lando” with PHP5-million bounty and Ricardo Ampan Manili alias “Joker” with PHP4.9 million reward.
Detoyato said the cash reward system that started in 2001 is aimed at encouraging civilians to join in the AFP and government law enforcement agencies’ counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency efforts.
“This is also part of the military’s campaign towards a whole-of-nation approach in attaining the shared goal of a just and lasting peace and development for the country,” Detoyato said.
The identities are concealed for security reasons.