THE Philippine National Police (PNP) handed over the P400,000 cash reward to the informant who gave inputs that lead to the neutralization of a top wanted person in Zamboanga Peninsula.

The Zamboanga Peninsula Police Office (ZPPO) said the reward was given to the informant last Wednesday at the ZPPO headquarters in the city.

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The informant's identity was withheld for security reasons.

The ZPPO said the informant has provided vital information that led to the neutralization of Hamid Wahab alias Commander Diablo Lantog, a "lost command" leader of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF).

The ZPPO said Lantog faces strings of criminal charges in court that include 13 counts of murder, one count of murder with direct assault upon an agent of a person in authority, and five counts of frustrated murder.

Warrants of arrest against Lantog were issued by the Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 29 of Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) offered P400,000 for the arrest of Lantog, who was killed in a police operation on August 14, 2007.

The ZPPO said Lantog was involved in the 1995 attack in Ipil, the capital of Zamboanga Sibugay province.

He was also involved in the massacre of a family in the village of Matiag, Siocon, Zamboanga del Norte, killing of a policeman also in Siocon town, and of a resident of Mariki village, Zamboanga City, the ZPPO said. (Bong Garcia)