PH military asked to conduct inventory of rewards withheld by US to informants

Published October 29, 2020, 11:09 AM

by Mario Casayuran

Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson has asked the military to conduct an inventory of rewards not given by the US government to military informants.

Senator Panfilo M. Lacson
(SENATE OF THE PHILIPPINES / MANILA BULLETIN FILE PHOTO)

Lacson, chairman of the Senate defense and security committee, also suggested that the Senate should communicate with the Philippine Embassy in the United States to ask the US government why it has not given its reward money.

The US government has promised to give $1 million as reward for the arrest of a terrorist bomb expert in a Muslim-dominated province in Mindanao.    

This issue surfaced during a public hearing by the national defense committee of the Commission on Appointments (CA) Wednesday.

The CA later confirmed the appointments of two major generals and 48 colonels and captains in the various armed services of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

During questions fielded by  Lacson and Sen.  Imee R. Marcos, Major Gen. Juvymax R. Uy testified that the US government has not yet given the $1 million it had promised for the head of Abdul Basit Usman, an alleged terrorist bomb maker.

Usman was held responsible for a series of bombings in Mindanao. In the 2015 Mamasapano, Maguindano firefight, 44 Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (PNP-SAF) operatives died  while Usman and five others were killed during that clash with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

Marcos noted that the US government has a history of not making good of its promise to pay reward money.

 
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