DAVAO CITY- Maria Malaya, spokesperson of the National Democratic Front of the Philippines in Northeastern Mindanao Region, confirmed on Sunday, Oct. 31, the death of her husband Jorge Madlos.
Madlos, popularly known by his nom de guerre as Ka Oris and was considered as an influential leader of the communist rebels in Mindanao, was reported by the military to have been killed in an encounter with Army troopers in Impasug-ong town of Bukidnon on Saturday following an airstrike.
But Malaya contradicted the military report, stressing that her husband was killed in an ambush.
“Last October 29, 2021 at around 8:00 in the evening, Ka Oris and his female medic were onboard a motorcycle from the poblacion of the town of Impasug-ong, Bukidnon going towards the national highway where it is believed, they were ambushed and killed. They never reached the national highway,” she said in statement released to the media on Sunday.
The rebel spokesperson further claimed that “there was no gunfight, there was no airstrike in the mountainous area of Impasug-ong, and most especially, there was no gunfight in the provincial highway during that time.”
Malaya said her husband was unarmed, along with his female medic, when the ambush took place.
Both were onboard a motorcycle on their way to the town proper for a regular medical check-up and treatment, according to Malaya.
Madlos has been suffering from a renal ailment for about three decades already.