Secretary Delfin Lorenzana of the Department of National Defense (DND) and General Andres C Centino, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (CSAFP) have awarded last Wednesday, February 2, the reward money to the informant, alias ‘Ricky’, for the neutralization of Jorge ‘Ka Oris’ Madlos at the Headquarters of the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division.
Alias Ricky provided the information that led to the tragic demise of Ka Oris in an encounter with the troops of 403rd Infantry Brigade last October 30, 2021 in Dumalaguing, Impasugong, Bukidnon.
Since early 2000, a PhP7.8 million bounty thru the AFP-PNP Joint Order of Reward was placed by DND and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) as cash reward to any individual who can provide information that would lead to the arrest of Ka Oris, one of the most wanted fugitive top leader of the New People’s Army (NPA).
During the awarding, alias “Ricky”, who was covered with mask all over his face for security reasons, was personally congratulated by Secretary Lorenzana for his bravery and in trusting the government despite possible dangers and risk of his life. The DND Chief hoped that aside from the monetary reward, other civilians would emulate “Ricky” as an act of shared responsibility and commitment to fast track the government’s goal to end the local communist armed conflict.
In a statement, BGen Wilbur C Mamawag, the new Commander of 4ID, expressed his utmost appreciation to the informant for coming forward and provided vital information that would significantly impact the government’s campaign against the insurgency.
“We all wanted to live in peace. But all of us must contribute our share to attain peace. Hence, I salute the likes of Ricky who stand courageously against the Communist Terrorist Group. This also proves that the support coming from the civilians have altered the balance in an overwhelming favor towards the government and peace partners. Hence, it is only befitting to reward with due recognition those who partner with us in our vision and aspiration to attain an insurgency free communities for our people.” BGen. Mamawag added. (RPN DXKS Surigao via PR Maj Francisco Garello Jr.)