Philippine Army commander Major General Eugenio Cedo and deputy Marine Brigadier General Juancho Sabban reward Friday, June 22, 2007 P6.6 million to four civilian informers who help troops tracked down six Abu Sayyaf militants. And Major Eugene Batara, a regional army spokesmam, also shows posters of slain Abu Sayyaf hitmen Anni Sailani alias Omar and his brother iting, who are killed in clash in Basilan island. (Mindanao Examiner Photo Service)
ZAMBOANGA CITY (Mindanao Examiner / 22 Jun) – The Philippine military on Friday rewarded four civilian informers who helped troops tracked down six Abu Sayyaf militants and eventually killed all of them in separate clashes in the troubled South.
Army commander Major General Eugenio Cedo and his deputy Marine Brigadier General Juancho Sabban, handed P6.6 million to the four masked informers inside the Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.
The four did not speak to reporters, but Cedo said they were instrumental in the killing of six, one of them a senior leader of the Abu Sayyaf, Jainal Antel Salih alias Abu Solaiman, who was also in terror list of the United States.
The five other Abu Sayyaf militants – Tajajul Ampul, Abdasir Dima, Binang Sali, Ismin Sahiton and Jumdam Jamalul – were implicated in the spate of killings and terrorism in the southern Philippines. They were all killed this year.
“These people who helped us neutralized the terrorists are considered heroes. We urge citizens to help us fight terrorism by providing information to authorities about the likes of the Abu Sayyaf,” Cedo said. (Mindanao Examiner)