Female soldier donates blood to injured NPA rebel in Zamboanga

A female soldier has donated blood to ensure that a wounded New People’s Army (NPA) rebel the troops have rescued in Zamboanga del Norte will survive, officials said on May 8, 2020.

Private First Class (PFC) Eunice Jane Curayag, assigned with the 1st Civil-Military Operations Battalion, donated her blood Thursday to alias “Ka Lando” who was injured in a clash Monday, May 4, against the 97th Infantry Battalion in Barangay Pange, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.


HUMANE ACT. A military physician attends to Ka Lando, a wounded New People’s Army rebel rescued by government troops on Wednesday (May 6, 2020) in Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte. Private First Class Eunice Jane Curayag of the 1st Civil Military Operations Battalion on Thursday (May 7, 2020) has donated blood to Ka Lando while undergoing medical treatment at Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. (Photo courtesy of Army 1st Infantry Division PAO)

Joint forces of the 97th and 53rd Infantry Battalion rescued Ka Lando Wednesday in Barangay Guibo, Siayan municipality and was rushed to Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

“Ka Lando suffered a gunshot wound at the abdomen and due to severe blood loss, he must be transfused with blood for him to fully recover,” said Maj. Jussel Parlan, head of the Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital.

Parlan said they will continuously monitor the health status of Ka Lando.

Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, commander of Army’s 1st Infantry Division, said they will ensure that Ka Lando will be attended to and monitored by the military physicians.

“We want to show to the rebels who wish to surrender that, this is how we treat a former rebel who is now under our care. Needless to say, how much premium we give to our respect for human rights even to a former rebel at that,” Ponio said.

“The armed engagement and casualties could have been prevented if they lay down their arms and submit to the folds of the law,” he added. (PNA)

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