POLICE units and offices were ordered to be on heightened alert for any retaliation from the New People’s Army (NPA) after the slay of one of the group’s top leaders.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief, Police General Guillermo Eleazar gave the order following the killing of top-ranking communist official, George “Ka Oris” Madlos.
PGen Eleazar lauded the military’s effective internal security operations that led to the neutralization of Madlos, who was the commander and spokesman of the National Operations Command of the NPA, in an encounter in Impasugong, Bukidnon on Saturday (October 30).
“The PNP is one with our brothers in the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) in curbing the lawless activities and atrocities of the communist rebels that bring fear and terror to our communities. The entire PNP hails this successful operation as a big blow to the CPP/NPA/NDF,” PGen Eleazar said.
He already ordered the PNP to be on extra alert for any possible retaliation from the NPA for the death of their leader. “We assure the public that we will focus on this. We will continue coordinating with the AFP to ensure the safety of our kababayan,” he added.
Initial reports said elements from the 403rd Infantry Brigade launched the operation after receiving information on the presence of rebels in Sitio Gabunan in Barangay Dumalaguing.
Allegedly, there were anti-personnel mines in the area, prompting soldiers to call for air support. State forces then engaged more or less 30 communist rebels in a firefight which resulted in the death of Madlos and another rebel.
Despite their differences in solving social issues, PGen Eleazar nonetheless extended his condolences to the family of Jorge Madlos o Ka Oris.
PGen Eleazar said Madlos’ death should serve as a warning to remaining communist rebels that the government would not stop in their operations against the CPP/NPA/NDF.
PGen Eleazar also urged the remaining CPP-NPA-NDF leaders and members to surrender and avail of government programs so they could return to the mainstream of society and lead normal lives.
He said they will continue to convince the rebels to return to the fold of the law and as a matter of fact, he said the AFP have tried to reach out several times to have Madlos checked by doctors after learning that he has a lingering health-related problem.
PGen. Eleazar stressed that there are many rebels who have returned to society and are now living quiet and normal lives, a testament of the desire of the government to finally end the problem of communist insurgency.