MANILA — A cool PHP20 million awaits anyone who can give vital information that could lead to the arrest and neutralization of Abu Sayyaf leader and ISIS “Emir” in the Philippines, Isnilon Hapilon and Abdullah and Omar Maute, the heads of the terror group now being cornered by security forces in Marawi City.
The money will come from President Rodrigo Duterte, said Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief-of-staff Gen. Eduardo Año on Monday.
The PHP10 million is allotted for Hapilon and PHP5 million for each of the Maute brothers.
“The President is offering PHP10 million-reward money for the neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon who is believed to be leading the terrorist Maute-ISIS group in attacking Marawi City,” Año disclosed.
Fighting in Marawi City started last May 23 when government troops tried to arrest the wounded terrorist leader.
The amount is aside the USD5 million-bounty offered by the US government for Hapilon.
The latter, a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf, has an outstanding warrant of arrest for kidnapping with ransom and serious illegal detention.
He also has a PHP7.4 million standing bounty from the Philippine government.
“The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomes the pronouncement of President Duterte. We hope that this will bear significant accomplishments leading to the eventual arrest and neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute Brothers,” Año said.