By Nonoy E. Lacson
Zamboanga City – An informant who relayed information to the Philippine Marines that led to the death of Abu Sayyaf Group sub-commander Alhabsy Misaya received a P1-million reward from a group of Sulu benefactors recently.
Misaya, alias Alex and Alhabsy Farad, according to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is an Indanan, Sulu-based ASG sub-leader who led a series of high profile high-seas and cross border kidnappings of foreign nationals.
Misaya was neutralized by members of the Philippine Marines under Joint Task Force Sulu (JTF Sulu) in Barangay Silangkan, Indanan last April 29.
AFP-Western Mindanao Command chief Lt. Gen. Carlito G. Galvez, Jr., personally handed over the R1-million bounty to the informant last Friday.
“A reward was voluntarily generated by concerned individuals from Sulu who were elated of the confirmation by the JTF Sulu of Misaya’s death,” said Galvez.
“The group who requested that their identity be kept anonymous, wish to recognize the assistance extended by the informant to the government troops as well as encourage other residents of Sulu to do the same,” Galvez said.
“We would like to extend our gratitude to the people of Sulu in helping us neutralize a high value target,” said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, JTF Sulu commander.
“We also would like to recognize the generosity of certain individuals who generated funds for the reward. It is obvious that majority of the Suluanons already wish to have a peaceful and progressive province.” Sobejana added.