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P1.8M in reward money handed over to tipsters for arrest of 13 fugitives

The Philippine National Police (PNP) has announced it handed over about P1.8 million in cash rewards to people who gave information that led to the arrest of 13 most wanted fugitives in the country.

According to Police Maj. Gen. Benjamin Acorda, director of the PNP-Directorate for Intelligence, all those arrested were involved in heinous crime cases ranging from murder, rape, forcible abduction with rape, multiple frustrated murder, and multiple attempted murder.

“These claimants provided vital information that led to the arrest of 13 fugitives from justice listed as Most Wanted Persons,” Acorda said in a statement.

“Granting of 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 Philippine National Police for the immediate arrest of wanted persons in the country,” he added.

Acorda urged the public not to be scared in reporting to authorities any suspicious individuals or activities in their surroundings.

“The PNP is grateful to everyone who came forward despite their personal risks and provided timely information that was necessary in order to arrest most wanted persons,” he said.