Gov’t offers big reward for capture of rebel leaders

MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) – The government will offer the public a reward of P5.6-million (about $133,000) for the information leading to the arrest of two high-ranking leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA), government officials said today.

Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda, in a news briefing, said that there is an existing bounties being offered by the government for the capture of Benito Tiamzon and Jorge Madlos, who were allegedly involved in the high-profile violent incidents, including a raid in a mining company last year.

National Security Adviser Cesar Garcia said the rewards for the two most wanted CPP-NPA rebels have been outstanding ever since, even while the peace process was going on.

Tiamzon is the acknowledged leader of a hardlined faction of the CPP-NPA who allegedly is responsible for the spate of violence in the country particularly those perpetrated against civilian targets, he said.

Madlos, on the other hand, is a notorious CPP-NPA member responsible for several high-profile attacks on civilian targets and key economic programs in Mindanao, Garcia said.

“He was involved in several significant kidnapping incidents as well as one of those charged for the high-profile incidents concerning the raid on the Taganito Mines,” he added.

The Taganito Mining Corp. was one of the three mining firms that the leftist rebels attacked in Southern Philippine province of Surigao del Norte in a span of three hours in October last year.
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