Government forces have confirmed that Jorge “Ka Oris” Madlos, the most wanted New People’s Army (NPA) commander in Mindanao was killed in an encounter following an airstrike using the Philippine Air Force’s FA-50 fighter jets in a mountainous area in Impasugong, Bukidnon Saturday, October 30.
According to a news release, The Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Romeo Brawner stated that the death of Ka Oris was confirmed with the recovery of his body at the encounter site together with two more dead rebels. There was no reported casualty from the government side.
Madlos was facing multiple criminal cases such as robbery with homicide, damage to properties, murder, and double frustrated murder.
Reports state that the 403rd Infantry Brigade (IB) of the 4ID launched operations at around 12:30 a.m. in response to information provided by residents of Sitio Gabunan in Barangay Dumalaguing that armed groups believed to be members of the National Operations Command (NOC) of the CPP-NPA Komiteng Mindanao, Regional Operations Command, and Guerilla Front 89 of the North Central Mindanao Regional Command were conducting indoctrination in the area.
Brig. Gen. Ferdinand Barandon, commander of the 403 IB, said assaulting troops, composed of the 8IB, 1 Special Forces Battalion, and 88IB, detected anti-personnel mines (APM) in the area indicating that the rebels were protecting a top leader. In order to protect his troops, Brig. Gen. Barandon called for close air support and delivered air strikes towards the CNT positions,
At around 11:30 a.m., ground forces conducted the final assault and encountered more or less 30 CNTs.
After a 30-minute firefight, assaulting troops cleared the area, discovered two bodies, and recovered one M14 rifle, one KG9 rifle, ammunition of different calibers, materiel, and assorted personal belongings.