Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has approved a total of P642.98 million rewards for those can help authorities arrest wanted leaders of the New Peoples’ Army (NPA) and Abu Sayyaf.
Roxas signed an updated joint order by the DILG and Department of National Defense which details a total of P466.88 million rewards for 235 wanted NPA leaders, his office said in an emailed statement Monday.
Leading the list of wanted communist leaders are NPA “chief” Benito Tiamzon, finance commission head Wilma Tiamzon, National Democratic Front Mindanao spokesperson Jorge Madlos, and Leoncio Pitao, an NPA commander in Eastern Mindanao.
Roxas also signed a DND-DILG joint order which pegs the total amount of bounty for 14 Abu Sayyaf members to P176.10 million.
Included in that list are Abu Sayyaf top leader Radulan Sahiron and bomb expert Usman Ahmad Akmad Batabol alias Basit Usman.
Meanwhile, the DILG chief also formalized the P2-million reward each for the capture of retired Gen. Jovito Palparan, former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, his brother former Coron Mayor Mario Reyes, Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo Jr., and Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee.
Palparan is facing a case for kidnapping and serious illegal detention for the disappearance of UP students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan.
The Reyes brothers are wanted for the murder of Palawan-based environmentalist and broadcaster Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega.
Ecleo has been in hiding since he was convicted of killing his wife Alona Bacolod-Ecleo. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Lee has a standing warrant of arrest for syndicated estafa in connection with Globe Asiatique’s Xevera housing projects in Bacolor and Mabalacat of Pampanga. (John Roson)
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