Soldiers rescue pregnant, wounded NPA member abandoned by comrades

  • Government soldiers stumbled upon and treated a 5-month-pregnant, 22-year-old NPA rebel who was wounded and left by her comrades after a firefight
  • An army official said that the treatment of the NPA to a wounded comrade was shameful
  • The female rebel was given 1st aid treatment and sent to a hospital and is now in stable condition

Elements of the 8th Infantry Battalion stumbled upon a 5-month pregnant New People’s Army (NPA) member, who was wounded and was left by her comrades after a firefight in one of the remote villages of Impasugong, Bukidnon.

Spokesperson of the Philippine Army’s 4th Infantry Division 1Lt. Teresita Ingente said the troopers were on a pursuit operation involving around 40 NPA members on Saturday after firefight in Sitio Ulayanon, Barangay Kalabugao when they found the 22-year old female rebel who was wounded in her forehead.

The woman was identified as Susan Cabusao Guaynon.

“Troops immediately applied first aid and sought for her evacuation to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment,” 1Lt. Ingente said; adding that the woman was already in stable condition as of Sunday.

Meanwhile, Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commander of the 8th IB said: “We will inform the direct family of Susan and will see to it that she receives the medical treatment needed in coordination with the local government of Impasugong and the province of Bukidnon. It is to show that the government respects Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law.”

Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, commander of the Phil. Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, said the treatment of the NPA to a wounded comrade is shameful. “They should be looking after her, especially that she is pregnant and needs monthly check-ups,” he said.

The soldiers also recovered six firearms, including AK47 rifles and an armalite.