Informant, not SAF, will get $5M reward


WHO will get the $5 million reward now that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had confirmed that it was indeed Malaysian terrorist Zulkipli Bin Hir alias Marwan who was killed by police commandos in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25?

While some have said that the reward, equivalent to more than P220 million, be given to the families of the 44 slain members of the Philippine National Police Special Action Force (PNP-SAF), a ranking official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said the money should be given to the SAF informant or informants under the Rewards For Justice (RFJ), the U.S. Department of State’s Counter-Terrorism Rewards Program.

“I knew SAF had an informant in their operation against Marwan,” said the official who requested anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter.

He explained that under the system, rewards are not given to the operating unit that conducted the operation whether they arrest or kill a wanted person.

“But there were instances that informants, who received the reward, gave gratuities to members of the operation unit. Parang balato,” the official said.

Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin had said the $5 million reward will go to the informant if it was proven that the Malaysian terrorist was dead.

But PNP officer-in-charge Leonardo Espina said he has no idea about the $5 million reward for Marwan’s capture, or who could claim it now that the terrorist has been confirmed killed by the SAF.

The US Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday announced that the DNA sample from the small finger taken by SAF troopers from a man killed in the Mamasapano encounter perfectly matched those of Marwan’s brother, who is being detained in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Fernan Marasigan


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  1. It sounds good if rewards went to the 2 (MILF) informers.. para sila sila mismo ang bubuwag sa kanilang grupo. Mgkakaroon na rin ng takot ang bwat isa sa kanila dahil pwede silang ilaglag ng kapwa nila MILF kapag may patong na sa ulo ang isa sa kanilang kasamahan…

  2. Carl Cid Inting on

    The Americans used drones to track down Marwan. So they certainly had very crucial information that led to “neutralizing” Marwan. It was also said that some members of the MILF had been providing information about Marwan and had led the troopers to Marwan’s hideout. So it may turn out that MILF and the Americans may split the bounty among themselves. Walang sabi dito ang bayang Pilipino because it is American reward money. Pera nila, kaya sila ang mamahala kung kanino nila ibibigay. For sure, may mga “assets” (or as the MILF calls them, “bounty hunters”) na makakatanggap ng pabuya. It will be up to the bounty hunters if they want to share the money with anyone. Baka si Purisima pa ang kasosyo nila!

  3. The Americans were the informants. They have the technology to listen to phone calls and read emails.

  4. FBI should give the reward directly to the informant not to the government or the generals cause they will just pocket the reward or this is how they will disburse the reward 10 percent to the informant and 90 percent the to corrupt generals and government officials.