“There are guidelines as to how the reward money will be disposed of since it came from the US government, they’ll be the one to set guidelines for it,” Secretary Hermino Coloma Jr. said in an interview with Radyo ng Bayan today. This is to comment on calls from different groups that the USD5-million reward money for the Osama bin Laden of Southeast Asia Zulkili bin Hir alias Marwan be given to the family of 44 Special Action Force troopers who were killed in the operation.
“As to how it will be conducted is not part of our duty because they (US government) have the jurisdiction regarding that [reward money],” Coloma added.
In a report from ABS-CBN News, police attache at Philippine Embassy in Washington DC Senior Superintendent Jose Gentiles was quoted saying “No government employee like the SAF or Philippine National Police or the Philippine Army or any member of Armed Forces of the Philippines – is eligible to receive any bounty because it’s part of their job to arrest a wanted person.”
According to reports, two members of Moro Islamic Liberation Front might get the reward for giving information on Marwan.