Acorda PNP-DI chief Major Gen.Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. (2nd from left, front) shown with his men and the 12 informants who got P1.930 million in reward money after giving the PNP-DI with the reliable information which led to the capture of 12 ‘most wanted persons’ this year.

Acorda hands over P1.9M reward to 12 ‘informants’

April 19, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 265 views

PHILIPPINE National Police Director for Intelligence (PNP-DI) Major General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. on Monday, handed over P1,930,000 in “reward money” to 12 informants who provided the PNP with credible information which led to the capture of the same number of “most wanted persons” (MWPs) in the country this year.

The tipsters who wore ski masks and sunglasses to protect their identities received their cash reward from the PNP-DI chief during simple rites held at the PNP Intelligence Training Group headquarters in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Acorda said that the 12 gave them credible information, which resulted in the capture of the 12 most wanted men in the country, identified as Julius Cesar Capalihan, John Rodolfo Labasan, Rafael Ofiaza, Rogelio Tacal, Ramil Taneo, Rey Alejandro, Kiang Balimbingan, Esmael Sanday, Ranel Sua, Roger Ora, Jimmy Platero, and Erwin Alvaro.

The official said that the 12 MWPs were wanted for non-bailable heinous crimes, which include murder, rape, carnapping with homicide, attempted murder, frustrated murder, statutory rape, kidnapping with serious illegal detention, and violation of Republic Act (RA) 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Different regional trial courts across the country issued non-bailable warrants of arrest against the suspects who have long been in hiding until the informants provided the PNP-DI with accurate information validated by its intelligence agents resulting in the arrest of the 12.

Acorda said they have asked the reward claimants to wear appropriate protective attire, including ski masks, sunglasses, and caps, to conceal their identity and secure them from expected reprisal of the arrested suspects.

The PNP-DI director said that granting monetary rewards to persons (except government employees) who are instrumental to the arrest, surrender, or death on legitimate operations of MWPs is one of the programs of the PNP headed by General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr., which has been seen a very “effective way” of arresting “notorious” wanted persons in the country.

Acorda also encouraged the public anew to continue supporting and helping the PNP account for wanted criminals in the country by providing them with information that will earn them instant money once the wanted persons with “bounties” offered by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) are arrested.