Sunday, February 04, 2007

Army expects NPA chief to give up

CAGAYAN DE ORO JOURNAL (Ben Balce / Feb 3) – New People’s Army spokesman for Mindanao Jorge Madlos, alias Ka Oris, is believed ready to surrender because of his failing health, military officials said yesterday.

But Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Vicente Emano belied reports that according to him, Madlos would only surrender if “dead.”

Madlos who was last reported to have been trapped by elements of the 36th and 58th Infantry Battalions in his base in Barangay Santa Juana, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur reportedly the reason of his surrender.

“He (Madlos) will not surrender or even give up,” said Emano adding the last time they talked on phone (during Fr. Bula’s whereabouts) that his life would only surrender him.

Emano said Madlos confirmed him that even he was now undergoing medication for his kidney failure that caused him much health problems only his life would stop bringing the organization (CPP-NPA) to victory against the government.

“Madlos’ commitment with the group is incomparable, word “surrender” for him is a traitor. he will not surrendered as I know him for so long,” Emano said.

Meanwhile, Army’s 4th Infantry Division spokesperson Major Samuel Sagun said the reported plan of surrender of Madlos came after they received reports from 401st Infantry Brigade officials that Madlos’s failing health was the main reason of his plan of coming back at the mainstream society.

However Sagun did not confirm if the surrender filler was legitimate and came from Madlos himself.

“If the report is true, we will help him (Madlos) to recover from his failing health at this time,” Sagun said even added the division will bring Madlos at V Luna hospital in Manila for complete medication.

Sagun said for humanitarian reason, Madlos will receive treatment the same as an ordinary citizen and to experience equal protection from the military if he surrendered.

Sagun said Madlos’ group suffered a big setback last Wednesday when the Army’s 36th Infantry Battalion led by Lt. Col. Joel Madarang assaulted and captured two caves in Sitio Greenfields of Barangay Santa Juana.

Sagun said that the said areas considered likely as Camp Abubakar of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) which were the NPA’s biggest bomb-making and ammunition depot in Mindanao.

Sagun said an earlier firefight with Madlos’ group last Jan. 18, also in Greenfields, led them recovered several high powered firearms like of an RPG launcher, a B40 anti-tank weapon, a motorcycle, and subversive documents.

Sagun also said troops of the 401st IB aided by helicopter gunships and assault choppers are still pressing the fight against the NPAs in Tagbina.


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