Tiamzon informant to get P10M bounty

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

MANILA -- The tipster who helped authorities locate the whereabouts of two fugitive top leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines–New People's Army (CPP-NPA) will receive a bounty of more than P10 million, the military said Tuesday.

Benito Tiamzon and his wife Wilma Austria-Tiamzon, who were arrested on various charges in relation to the murder of 15 persons in Leyte in 2006, have more than P5 million bounty each on their head for being the chairman and secretary general, respectively, of the CPP-NPA.

"Right now, what I can tell is that we had an informant and because of the informant, we were able to effect the warrant of arrest against them and eventually led their capture," Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Ramon Zagala told reporters at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.

He said that a circular with the Philippine National Police states that the reward applies to arrested or neutralized members of the communist rebel group, including the Tiamzons.

Zagala said the Tiamzon couple appeared on the joint order on the reward issued by the secretary of the Interior and Local Government and the secretary of the Department of National Defense.

"We still have to wait until the board will meet but most definitely there will be a reward given to the informant," he said.

The Tiamzon couple was arrested in Barangay Zaragoza, Aloguinsan, Cebu last March 22. Their arrest was considered a big blow to the 45-year Marxist insurgency, one of Asia's longest. (Sunnex)

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