JAMINDAN, Capiz - An informant got richer by P1.1 million for the neutralization and death of Abu Sayyaf leader Joselito Milloria in Bohol last week.
Maj. Gen. Jon Aying, 3rd Infantry Division commander, who supervises Army units stationed in Negros Island Region, Western and Central Visayas, including Bohol, said the reward of P1 million, which came from President Rodrigo Duterte, and a counterpart of P100,000 given by Governor Edgar Chatto, was recently received by the informant, whose identity he has withheld for security reasons, from the AFP Central Command.
The discovery of the presence of Abu Sayyaf bandits in Bohol, led to a series of armed skirmishes between ASG bandits, troopers of the 47 th Infantry Battalion, 33rd Division Reconnaissance Company and the police, and led to the death of six terrorist group members, including the two ASG leaders.
Aying attributed their successful campaign against ASG bandits to timely information relayed to them by Boholanos.
President Duterte ordered the military and police to “finish the game” and hunt down the ASG remnants. A police official and her lover, a member of the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group, were also intercepted by 3ID troopers at a checkpoint, following the death of Milloria and two others.
The series of encounters in Bohol also caused alarm to nearby island provinces that are known tourist destinations.
Aying allayed fears about spillover of violent extremism to other areas of the Visayas, including the Negros Island Region, saying that they have not received such reports, as of this time.
“But still, we are working hard to verify if there are really vulnerable people or communities. If there are, then we have to apply our approach in preventing violent extremism,” said Aying, who led the celebration of the 43rd founding anniversary of the 3rd Infantry Division here, with Maj. Gen. Harold Cabreros, Army vice-commander, as guest of honor and speaker.
Aying also stressed that there is no ASG supporter or collaborator in their areas of operation.
Cabreros commended the 3ID troops, under the leadership of Aying, for a job well done.*GPB
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