Pregnant NPA member abandoned by comrades, rescued by military

A pregnant New People’s Army rebel left behind by her comrades was found by the soldiers from the 8th Infantry Battalion after a firefight in a remote village in Impasugong, Bukidnon, said a military spokesperson on  April 15, 2018.

According to 1st Lt. Teresita Ingente, spokesperson of the Army’s 4th Infantry Division based in Cagayan de Oro, the soldiers were pursuing some 40 NPA members on April 14 following a firefight in Sitio Ulayanon in Barangay Kalabugao where they found the 22-year-old rebel, who was wounded in the forehead.

Ingente said that the pursuing troops were surprised upon the discovery of the rebel named Susan Cabusao Guaynon who is five-month pregnant.

“Troops immediately applied first aid and sought for her evacuation to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment,” she said, adding that as of April 15, Guaynon was already in stable condition.

According to Ingente, during the pursuit, soldiers recovered six firearms, including AK47 rifles and an Armalite rifle.

“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,” Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, the 8th IB commander, said.

According to Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, commander of the Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade, the treatment of the NPA to a wounded comrade was “shameful.”

“They should be looking after her, especially that she is pregnant and needs monthly check-ups,” Vinoya said.

Meanwhile, Major General Ronald Villanueva, the commander of the 4th ID, said the Impasugong incident showed the communists were not sincere in their call for peace.

“You have been calling for the resumption of peace talks, but always failed to show sincerity.” Villanueva added.

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