AFTER killing top New People’s Army (NPA) commander Leoncio Pitao, popularly known as “Ka Parago,” the military’s next target is National Democratic Mindanao spokesperson George Madlos, believed to be hiding in Surigao del Sur.
Maj. Gen. Oscar Lactao confirmed there is an ongoing operation to capture Madlos.
“I do not want to divulge specific military operations. I can say there is a military operation conducted against him,” Lactao said.
Madlos is the last ranking NPA leader following Pitao’s death in an encounter in Barangay Panalum, Paquibato District, in Davao City last June 28.
A team from the Army’s 6th Scout Ranger Company had tracked Pitao and a female NPA medic in Paquibato district.
The death of Pitao came as the military scored a series of successes against the NPA.
Last year, top Communist Party of the Philippines leader Benito Tiamzon and his wife, Wilma, were caught in Alonguisan town in Cebu.
Lactao said the military carried out 113 major anti-insurgency operations and 18, 059 small-unit operations against the rebels in Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and the Caraga region.
He said operations resulted in the death of 24 rebels and the surrender of 212 high-powered firearms.
“Noteworthy to mention is the surrender of a total 161 rebels in Agusan del Sur,” Lactao said.