CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded cash rewards amounting to PhP14,250,000 to informants for the vital information they shared that led to the neutralization of five communist terrorists in a ceremony held Friday, 16 August 2019 at Silid Lapu-Lapu, General Headquarters Building.
General Benjamin Madrigal Jr, the AFP Chief of Staff personally handed over the cash rewards to five individuals whose identities were concealed for their security.
Through information shared by tipsters, five CPP-NPA Terrorist (CNT) leaders were either killed or arrested in law enforcement operations conducted by the AFP in coordination with the Philippine National Police.
One of the CNT leaders killed was Victorio Tesorio who had a PhP5 Million bounty on his head. He was wanted for the crimes of multiple murder and frustrated murder among others, and was listed number 12 in the Joint Order Number 14-2012 of the Department of National Defense and Department of Interior and Local Government (DND-DILG).
Another high value target is Promencio Abaya Cortez with a PhP4.8 Million bounty. He was arrested in 2017 for crimes of multiple murder, double frustrated murder, rebellion, and attempted murder. He is listed number 26 in the DND-DILG Joint Order on Rewards. He was also involved in the burning of two dump trucks of Philex Mining Corporation in Sitio Tapak, Brgy Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet on February 9, 2017.
Also killed in joint AFP-PNP operations was Deomedes Apinado with a PhP2.2 Million bounty. He was wanted for four counts of murder. Number 73 in the most-wanted list, Apinado was killed in an encounter in April 2017.
Other CNT leaders arrested were Mauricio Sagun with a PhP1.7 Million bounty and Jaime Soledad with a PhP550 Thousand reward on his head. Sagun is wanted for murder and is listed number 85 while Soledad is wanted for 15 counts of murder and is number 73 in the most-wanted list.
Monetary rewards are given to any person who furnishes information leading to the surrender, arrest, capture or neutralization of wanted persons for involvement in several grave offenses such as murder, kidnap for ransom, and other heinous crimes.
While the AFP sustains its focused military operations against CNTs and other local terrorist groups, it calls for the continuous cooperation of the people as peace, security and the fight against terrorism is a shared responsibility of every Filipino.