The alleged son and wife of slain rebel leader George “Ka Oris” Madlos were killed during an encounter in Impasug-ong, Bukidnon on Saturday, the military said Sunday.
In a statement, the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division (4ID) identified the fatalities as Vincent Isagani Madlos and Angie Polandres Salinas.
The two reportedly died following an encounter with troops belonging to the 8th Infantry Battalion under the 403rd Infantry Brigade (IB) in Barangay Kapitan Bayong.
Colonel Ted Dumosmog, 4th IB officer-in-charge, said the two were members of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Central Committee.
He added that Madlos and Salinas were heads of the National Technical Bureau and the National Communications Bureau of the National Operations Command, respectively.
“Additionally, Madlos had multiple warrants of arrests for the crimes committed from different areas in Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions,” Dumosmog said.
The firefight lasted for 15 minutes, according to Dumosmog.
Among those recovered from the encounter site were two AK47 rifles, assorted war materiel and personal belongings.
Ka Oris was killed during a combined operation of the JTFD in the same town on October 30, 2021.
According to the military, Ka Oris was a leader of the communist rebel group’s National Operations Command and spokesperson of its Komiteng Mindanao.