Statement on recent internal security operations against terrorist leaders
01 November 2021
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     The Department of National Defense commends the Armed Forces of the Philippines for its successful separate operations in Bukidnon and Maguindanao that resulted in the deaths of the leaders of New People’s Army (NPA) and Dawlah Islamiyah (DI), respectively. 

     The neutralization of Jorge "Ka Oris" Madlos and Salahuddin Hassan through the sustained internal security operations of our troops is a big blow to these local terrorist groups, and a manifestation of the AFP's commitment to secure the people against the threat of these lawless elements, especially in Mindanao. As the NPA and other local terrorist groups become weaker due to the efforts not just of the security sector but of the whole nation, we call on the public to continue supporting our bid for peace and progress in our country. 

     Salamat sa ating mga tropa mula sa 4ID at sa 6ID, katuwang ang ating mga kasama sa Philippine National Police, sa inyong pagpupunyagi. Patunay ang tagumpay na ito sa pinalakas na kapasidad ng AFP at ng pinaigting na suporta ng taumbayan sa ating laban kontra sa terorismo. 



Delfin N. Lorenzana
Department of National Defense