Sunday, October 22, 2006

Sunday Sign of Hope October 22nd 2006

Civilian gets bounty for arrest of Abu Sayyaf kidnapper

from Sun:

SOUTHERN Philippines military officials rewarded a civilian informant with P150,000 for helping soldiers capture an Abu Sayyaf militant implicated in the kidnapping of three US citizens five years ago.

Philippine Army Brigadier General Francisco Callero handed the money to the mask-wearing informant inside the tightly guarded Western Mindanao Command headquarters in Zamboanga City.

"This reward is part of the government program to encourage civilians to help us in the campaign against terrorism," he said.

The informant, wearing a sweatshirt and a pair of dark sunglasses, did not speak to reporters after receiving the money and was whisked away by soldiers. Callelero said the man led soldiers in capturing Isnain Aminul in Basilan island in 2004.

The military tagged Aminul as one of Abu Sayyaf gunmen who raided and kidnapped Kansas missionary couple Martin and Gracia Burnham and Californian Guillermo Sobero and 17 Filipino holiday-goers on the posh Dos Palmas beach resort in the central Philippine island of Palawan in 2001.


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