PHILIPPINE NEWS SERVICE — SECURITY officials have offered a total of P34 million in reward money for any information that will lead to the capture of 12 wanted leaders of the al-Qaeda-backed Jemaah Islamiyah and the Abu Sayyaf Group.
The monetary reward will be given to any person who can furnish authorities with information that will lead to the arrest or neutralization of the suspects led by JI bomb expert Omar Patek alias Ismael/Salim/Mike/Daud/Arasalan/Abdul Sheykh and Ammar Usman alias Joko Pitono/Dulmatin/Mahmoud/Sali Ali/Ahmat Usman.
The reward money was approved last February 28 by Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Ronaldo V. Puno, Department of National Defense Secretary Gilberto C. Teodoro Jr., Philippine National Police chief Director General Avelino I. Razon Jr. and Armed Forces chief of staff General Hermogenes C. Esperon Jr.
Both Patek and Dulmatin are wanted for multiple murder and frustrated murder by local authorities. They are believed to be hiding in Mindanao. Dulmatin was earlier rumored to have been killed by troops in an encounter in Tawi-Tawi but experts are yet to confirm if the body found in Tawi-Tawi early this month was really his.
The other wanted terrorists were identified as:
Zulkifli Bin Hir alias Marwan/Abdul Musa, a JI member wanted for multiple murder, frustrated murder and attempted murder and with a P5 million reward;
Ahmad Akmad Batabol Usman alias Abdul Basit/Basit Usman, an ASG bomber wanted for multiple murder and frustrated murder and destruction of property with a P3 million reward;
Jabid Abdul alias Zabiri Abdul/Beds, an ASG bomber wanted for multiple murder and frustrated murder with a P2 million reward;
Jeheri Jeron alias Black Tungkang, an Abu Sayyaf sub-group leader wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with a P2 million reward.
Sakur Mustakim alias Sakur/JR Mustakim, another ASG member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention and carrying a P500,000 reward and;
Kudri Usman Abu alias Abu Usman, an ASG member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention — P300,000 reward;
Hassan Muksin alias Abu Muksin/Danny Mustakim/Abu Muksin, another Abu Sayyaf member wanted for kidnapping-for-ransom and serious illegal detention with a P300,000 reward;
Edimar Hayudini alias Edzmar Hayudini, an ASG member wanted for multiple murder, multiple frustrated murder, qualified treachery and evident premeditation and use of high explosives substance with a P300,000 reward;
Jul Wahid Abu alias Jul Wahid, an ASG member wanted for kidnapping and serious illegal detention with a P300,000 reward;
Solomon Ahadjadi alias Abu Solomon, ASG member wanted for 21 counts of kidnapping and serious illegal detention with a P300,000 reward;
Officials assured that the identities of the informants will be kept in utmost secrecy to protect them and their families.