MANILA — A P2-million bounty for each of the so-called “Big 5” fugitives in the Philippines is being offered to anyone who can provide information that leads to their arrest.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas II announced the bounty as he identified the “Big 5” fugitives as retired Army General Jovito Palparan, former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, his brother Coron (Palawan) Mayor Mario Reyes, Dinagat Island Rep. Ruben Ecleo, Jr. and Globe Asiatique developer Delfin Lee.
Palparan is facing charges of kidnapping and serious illegal detention in connection with the disappearance of University of the Philippines (UP) students Karen Empeno and Sherlyn Cadapan. He is also accused of human rights abuses he allegedly committed while he was still with the military.
The Reyes brothers are wanted for the murder of Palawan-based environmentalist and radio broadcaster Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega, while, Ecleo has been in hiding since his conviction of parricide. Ecleo was found guilty by the Cebu City Regional Trial Court of killing his wife Alona Bacolod Ecleo and was sentenced to life imprisonment.
Lee has a standing warrant of arrest for syndicated estafa in connection with Globe Asiatique’s Xevera housing projects in Bacolor and Mabalacat towns, Pampanga.
Roxas has also signed two joint orders by the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on the updated rewards for wanted leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines, New People’s Army, National Democratic Front and the Abu Sayyaf Group.
According to the updated DND-DILG Joint Order No. 14-2012, the total amount of monetary reward for the 235 wanted communists now stands at P466.88 million.
Leading the list of wanted communist leaders are NPA Chief Benito Tiamzon, “National Finance Commission” head Wilma Tiamzon, NDF Mindanao Spokesperson Jorge Madlos, and NPA Eastern Mindanao leader Leoncio Pitao. (Manila Bulletin)