A military informant helps Major General Nelson Allaga, left, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, as he puts the reward money into a bag. (Mindanao Examiner/WMC Photo)
ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / Dec. 24, 2007) – The Philippine military rewarded ten million pesos to a Muslim villager who provided troops with information that led to the killing of a top Abu Sayyaf leader.
Major General Nelson Allaga, commander of the Western Mindanao Command, handed the reward Sunday to the man, whose face and body were covered to hide his identity, in Zamboanga City.
The man was said to be behind the killing of Khadaffy Janjalani last year.
“He pointed the exact location of Janjalani and the group that led to a firefight with the elements of 3rd Marine Brigade of the Philippine Marine Corps under Joint Task Force “Comet”, in Sulu on September 4, 2006,” Allaga said in a statement sent to the Mindanao Examiner.
“The informant received the money for providing vital information about the ASG over-all leader to the Armed Forces of the Philippines resulting to the successful combat operation and neutralization of Khadaffy Janjalani,” he said.
Allaga said the reward is designed to encourage people to provide timely and essential information that could help law enforcers and authorities to locate terrorists and thwart attacks. (Mindanao Examiner)