AFP Chief: Duterte offers ₱10M bounty for Isnilon Hapilon

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 5) — President Rodrigo Duterte has offered a ₱10-million bounty for the head of Abu Sayyaf leader Isnilon Hapilon, according to Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff Eduardo Año.

"The President is offering a P10 million-reward money for the neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon who is believed to be leading the terrorist Maute-ISIS group in attacking Marawi City," he said in a statement Monday.

Año said the bounty is on top of the $5-million reward offered by the United States' government for Hapilon.

Hapilon, who is also known as the "emir" of ISIS in the Philippines, has an outstanding warrant of arrest for kidnapping with ransom and serious illegal detention.  The government wants him dead or alive.

Año said the government is also offering ₱5-million for each of the two Maute brothers, Abdullah and Omar, who lead the local terror group Maute.

The Maute group has been battling government troops since May 23 in Marawi City, reportedly  to protect Hapilon who is believed to be in the area.

Hapilon is allegedly working with the Maute group to establish a "wilayat," or caliphate of ISIS in Lanao del Sur.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said joint elements of the Army and the Police were trying to serve a warrant of arrest on Hapilon when they were fired upon.

The incident forced President Rodrigo Duterte to declare martial law over the entire Mindanao.

According to Año, the government has a P7.4-million standing bounty on Hapilon.

"The Armed Forces of the Philippines welcomes the pronouncement of President Duterte. We hope that this will bear significant accomplishments leading to the eventual arrest and neutralization of Isnilon Hapilon and the Maute Brothers," Año said.