By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan
MANILA – Nine confidential informants received cash rewards totaling PHP7.96 million from the Philippine National Police (PNP) for helping law enforcers arrest nine most wanted persons, including members of the New People’s Army (NPA), a police official said on Saturday.
PNP Director for Intelligence Maj. Benjamin Acorda Jr. presented the cash rewards to the nine informants in rites held at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City on Friday afternoon.
Acorda said they provided vital information that led to the arrest of alleged NPA leader Alfredo Mapano and eight other fugitives listed as most wanted persons.
The nine most wanted are subjects of warrants of arrest issued by courts for involvement in heinous crime cases ranging from murder to rape, forcible abduction with rape, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder.
Acorda encouraged the public to continue supporting and helping the PNP by providing necessary information on criminals and wanted persons for their immediate arrest.
“Granting monetary rewards to persons (except government employees) who are instrumental to the arrest, surrender, or death in legitimate operations of Most Wanted Persons is among the programs of the PNP for the immediate arrest of wanted persons in the country,” he said in a statement.
Meanwhile, PNP Chief Gen. Rodoffo Azurin Jr. congratulated PNP Deputy Chief for Administration Lt. Gen. Rhodel Sermonia for winning the Best International Award at the 15th Korea Environmental Awards National Convention 2022.
Azurin said the PNP is grateful for Sermonia’s commitment to environmental protection and social service, expressing hope that his achievement would inspire others to follow his lead in making a positive impact on the world.
“This award is a testament to Sermonia’s dedication and hard work in promoting environmental awareness and service to our country. He has set a great example for our police organization and we are proud to have him as part of our team,” he said.
The awarding ceremony, held on Feb. 20 at the Korean Congress Center Parliamentarian Hall, honored individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to environmental preservation and social service.
The event aimed to promote the preservation of the global environment and share with those who suffer.
“I am humbled and honored to receive this prestigious award. This recognition only inspires me to continue my advocacy and commitment to protect the environment and serve our communities,” Sermonia said. (PNA)