LGU of Impasugong, Army turn-over Ka Oris’ cremated remains to family

CAMP EVANGELISTA, Cagayan de Oro City – The Local Government Unit of Impasugong in Bukidnon in close coordination with the 4th Infantry (Diamond) Division turned over the cremated remains of Jorge Madlos alias Ka Oris to his family today, November 9, at the Municipal Hall of Impasugong, Bukidnon.

Hon. Anthony A. Uy, the Mayor of Impasugong, formally turned over the cremains of Ka Oris to his younger brother, Rito Madlos, in a short and simple ceremony witnessed by LGU employees and personnel of the Army’s 8th Infantry Battalion of the 403rd Infantry Brigade, 4ID and personnel from Impasugong Municipal Police Station.

Rito Madlos, who travelled all the way from Surigao City early dawn today, was designated by surviving Madlos siblings as the authorized family member to claim Ka Oris’ cremated remains. He was accompanied by his driver.

Before the turn-over, the LGU of Impasugong offered Holy Mass for the eternal repose of the soul of Madlos and also provided in the form of cash aid. Mayor Uy expressed his sympathy to the Madlos family stressing that human beings have their own choices and deserved to be prayed for when they pass away even for the NPA Commander Ka Oris.

“Among gipaabot ang kinasing-kasing nga pagasubo sa pamilya Madlos. Ang lokal na panggamhanan sa Impasugong kauban ang kasundaluhan ug kapulisan naningkamot nga mahatagan ug desenti ug plastar nga papahulayan ang patayng lawas ni Mr Jorge Madlos”, Mayor Uy said. (The LGU of Impasugong together with the Philippine Army and the PNP endeavored to provide a decent and appropriate final resting place for the remains of Mr. Jorge Madlos)

In his message addressing LGU employees and personnel of the AFP and PNP, Rito Madlos conveyed his sincere gratitude to the LGU Impasugong especially to Mayor Uy and the Philippine Army particularly the 8IB for the proper treatment and warm welcome as well as in facilitating the said ceremonial turn-over. He added that he had mixed emotions on the death of his older brother Jorge whom he saw for the last time last 2014.

“We already offered his life to the God Almighty. His time is up. We cannot deny that he is a fugitive. I say this in fairness to everyone, in fairness to your service, pasalamat ako gihapon kay luyo sa iyang pagka-fugitive, inyu gihatagan sya ug serbisyo na di nakita sa among pamliya. On behalf of Madlos family of Surigao del Norte and so with my family affiliates in Surigao, I am very thankful to all these efforts that you showed to us, salamat salamat kaayu ninyo”, Rito Madlos emotionally said.

The LGU of Impasugong facilitated the processing and release of the death certificate to Rito Madlos while certificate of the cremation and authority to cremate is made available upon request.

Meanwhile, Mayor Uy also led the turn-over of the cremated remains of Eighfel Dela Peña alias Pika/Maui to her mother, Normelita Dela Peña, at the Mayor’s Office in the Municipal Hall of Impasugong, Bukidnon on Monday, November 8.

Dela Peña’s remains was brought to her hometown in San Luis, Agusan Del Sur. Likewise, the LGU of Impasugong provided cash assistance and two (2) sacks of rice to the Dela Peña family.

In a statement, Major General Romeo S Brawner Jr, Commander of 4ID, thanked the LGU of Impasugong under Mayor Uy in extending support and assistance.

He said that with the cremains of Ka Oris and Ka Pika finally turned-over to their respective families, he hoped it will put closure on issues raised on their deaths and let them rest in peace.

“Once again, our sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of Jorge Madlos and EIghel Dela Peña. True to our commitment in respecting human rights consistent with the rule of law and in abiding with the existing COVID19 protocols and guidelines, the remains were now properly turned-over to their respective families. Though your AFP claimed victory and that justice has been served for the people, we offer our prayers to them, may their souls rest in peace”, MGen Brawner Jr said.

He also urged the CPP-NPA-NDF to stop saving face and create lies to deceive the people, instead they must own to their sins and hold their leaders and members accountable and responsible for all the crimes and injustices they have committed for the longest time against our people.

“We are confident that the Madlos and Dela Pena families will not allow the remains of their loved ones be used and dragged by the CPP-NPA-NDF’s propaganda. We appeal to them to let Jorge Madlos and EIghel Dela Peña finally rest in peace. Your 4ID will now move forward. We need to push further, there is still so much work that needs to be done. We shall continue to focus on the most important and still daunting task ahead, the end-game of the local communist armed conflict”, MGen Brawner Jr added.

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