US$ 2.5-M reward offer by U.S. gov't vs ASG helpful in counter-terrorism drive — Palace

May 27, 2009 1:22 pm 

MANILA, May 27 –- Malacañang said on Wednesday the US$ 2.5-million reward offer by the United States government against the terrorist Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG) is very much helpful in the government's counter-terrorism campaign.

This was stated by Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita at his weekly press briefing at the New Executive Building (NEB) in Malacanang.

”The reward money given by the US government will be helpful for everyone,” Ermita said.

Reports reaching Malacañang said the U.S. government is offering anew US$ 2.5 million in reward money for information leading to the arrest and conviction of internationally-listed terrorists Radullah Sahiron, Abdul Basit Usman and Khair Mundos of the notorious Mindanao-based ASG.

A reward of US$ 1 million each is offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Sahiron and Basit.

Another reward of US$ 500,000 is offered for information that may lead to the capture and conviction of Mundos, who is also linked to the Jemaah Islamiyah.

Sahiron, the one-armed presumed new head of the ASG, and Mundos, its chief financier, are both believed to be in southern Mindanao. Basit, a bomb-making expert, is said to be in central Mindanao.

Sahiron took over the vacated ASG leadership with the death of Khadaffy Janjalani during an encounter with Philippine military forces in 2004. (PNA) scs/JCA

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