RANKING leaders of a breakaway Moro rebel group and the Abu Sayyaf Group are still high on the most wanted list of the Philippine National Police (PNP), The Manila Times learned on Friday.
On top of the PNP’s Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) High Value Target List are Ustadz Ameril Kato, Abdullla Macapaar alias “Kumander Bravo” Radullan Sahiron and Isnilon Hapilon.
Kato and “Kumander Bravo” are leaders of the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) while Sahiron and Hapilon are ranking commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked ASG.
Kato and Bravo are founding leaders of the BIFF, which broke away from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) over opposition to the peace negotiations between the MILF and the government.
The four have standing warrants of arrest for various crimes ranging from murder, arson bombings and kidnapping for ransom. The government has placed an average of P7. 4 million to P10 million reward for their capture.
CIDG chief Director Benjamin Magalong said dedicated tracker teams have been deployed to go after the four.
The government is offering a P10 million bounty each for the capture of Kato and Bravo, P7.5 million for Sahiron and P7.4 million for Hapilon.
CIDG spokeperson Chief Insp. Elizabeth Jasmine said that even wanted persons who have no bounty on their heads are also subject of CIDG’s manhunt operation.
The CIDG said Kato and Bravo are wanted for multiple murder, arson, frustrated murder, robbery and destructive arson in connection for the BIFF’s attack in Midsayap, North Cotabato and Lanao del Norte.
Sahiron and Hapilon, on the other hand, are sought by the government for a series of kidnapping with ransom in Isabela, Basilan including that of the abduction of American missionary couple, Martin and Gracia Burnham in the infamous Dos Palmas kidnapping in the 2000.