Duterte offers bounty for ‘head’ of police killer

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte pays respects to a slain police officer during a wake at Camp Lt. Col. Francisco C. Fernandez Jr. in Sibulan, central Philippines, on July 20.

The Associated Press MANILA (AP) — Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte offered a bounty to anybody who can deliver to him the head of the communist rebel leader behind the killings of four police intelligence officers last week in an insurgency-hit central province.

Duterte said in a speech late Thursday that he raised a reward of 3 million pesos ($59,000) and would considerably increase the amount out of anger for what he described as the Islamic State group-style killings of the officers on July 18 in Negros Oriental province.

The officers were taken hostage, beaten up and killed then burned, Duterte said, but police and military officials gave varying accounts of how the policemen were slain. Communist guerrillas claimed responsibility for the ambush that killed the law enforcers but denied torturing them.

Police reported that communist rebels opened fire on the four policemen, who were traveling on two motorcycles, in an ambush then took their pistols in the coastal town of Ayungon. The New People’s Army guerrillas, they said, later withdrew to a forested hinterland after the attack.Speech

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