Duterte dangles P2 million reward for killing, capture of communist leaders

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 12 2020 09:26 AM | Updated as of May 12 2020 10:49 AM

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MANILA (UPDATE)-- President Rodrigo Duterte offered Tuesday a P2 million bounty to anyone who would kill or capture a "top commander" of communist rebels.

The President said informants would be treated as witnesses and would receive government protection. 

"Ako ‘pag nakapatay kayo ng commander o nakapagturo kayo saan natutulog ‘yung commander o nakitulog --- makitulog ‘yan sila o nakitulog --- sabihin lang ninyo sa akin at ano… P2 million ako basta ‘yung top commander," he said.

(If you kill or point where a commander is, tell me and you will have P2 million, as long as it's a top commander.)

Duterte also promised to give killers of communist leaders land and a "new identity" to protect them.

"Totohanan kung sino ‘yung makaturo tapos doon sa army o pulis, o so ‘pag ikaw ang nagturo at nahuli ‘yung commander na mabigat, may hati ka diyan sa pera pero alisin kita sa lugar mo," he said.

(Anyone who can inform the army or police, you get a share of the money but I will relocate you.)

"Bigyan kita lupa, doon ka na lang mag-ano kasi kung hindi papatayin ka talaga eh," he added.

(I will give you land because they might kill you.)

The government and the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) initially declared unilateral ceasefires due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The ceasefires however ended last month after both sides accused each other of violating the truce.