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2009-02-09 Southeast Asia
Bounty hunters join search for Abu Sayyaf terrorists
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Posted by ryuge 2009-02-09 05:51|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [6494 views ]  Top
 File under: Abu Sayyaf 

#1 The United States has offered as much as US $5 million for known Abu Sayyaf leaders under the Rewards for Justice System. Manila also set aside P100 million rewards for the capture of Abu Sayyaf terrorists and their leaders -- dead or alive.

Does the "dead or alive" apply to the US bounty, or just the Manila bounty?
If it does, it's about time.
Posted by tipper 2009-02-09 09:11||   2009-02-09 09:11|| Front Page Top

#2 This falls under the rewards for justice program. It covers both the State Dept and DOD programs. In the Philippines it was started under the DOD program with State oversight. I believe now it is more a joint program.

To your question. If the Person of interest was killed during capture by government agencies acting on a tip from an informant, the answer is yes we the US will pay. We have paid informants there a number of times where the wanted person is killed in the capture.

The issue of bounty hunters is all together different. I did the DOD startup there and ran the program for the first year. I had a number of bounty hunters come and want to be part of this. My answer was always that we would not pay for a dead man. We would not pay for a capture that was not worked with law inforcement, DOD, or some government agency, ours or the Phils. We the US could not allow, or pay civ hit teams running around the countryside shooting people and tearing villages up looking for wanted men.
Posted by 49 Pan 2009-02-09 12:18||   2009-02-09 12:18|| Front Page Top

#3  hundreds of civilians have armed themselves and have joined police and military in sealing off a huge area in the hinterlands of Indanan town

Never mind the bounty hunters. This alone must be causing shivers to run up and down the spines of Abu Sayyaf and their friends... and not the good kind of shivers, either. Terror tactics only work so long as the population allows itself to be terrorized.

Well said, 49 Pan.
Posted by trailing wife 2009-02-09 21:45||   2009-02-09 21:45|| Front Page Top

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