THE $5 million reward for Malaysian terror suspect Zulkipli Bin Hir alias ‘Marwan’ has remained unclaimed.
Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr., PNP Spokesman, said in an interview on Friday that no one has come forward to claim the $5million reward.
“No one has submitted claims for Marwan’s bounty,” Cerbo said told The Manila Times.
Marwan, who is on the US State Department’s list of terror suspects, has a $5milion prize on his head.
Marwan is reportedly a member of the Jemaah Islamiah, a regional terror group based in Indonesia. He was reportedly killed in a operation launched by an elite team of PNP Special Action Force commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25.
However, the operation ended in a bloodbath after the PNP-SAF members engaged the forces of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in a 12-hour gun battle.
At least 44 PNP-SAF members were killed in the encounter while the MILF lost 18 of its men. Seven civilians were also killed in the incident.
The PNP spokesman said that in the event that someone will come forward to claim the reward for Marwan’s death, this will have to be reviewed first by the PNP Rewards Board and the joint board of the PNP and the Department of National Defense.
The police official said there is a standing policy that members of the PNP and the Armed Forces are prohibited to receive reward money for wanted persons.