Army saves abandoned, wounded NPA rebel in Zamboanga Del Norte

Combined Philippine Army troopers of 97th and 53rd Infantry Battalions saved a wounded New People’s Army (NPA) rebel who was abandoned by his comrades in a firefight in Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on May 6, 2020.

Philippine Army troopers of 97th and 53rd Infantry Battalions provide medical relief to a wounded New People’s Army (NPA) rebel who was abandoned by his comrades in a firefight in Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on May 6, 2020. (Photos: Team Igsoon, Philippine Army)

The NPA rebel was identified as alias Lando, who was wounded during the recent encounter between the 97IB and the NPA in Barangay Pange, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on May 4, 2020.

Lt. Col. Manaros Boransing, 97IB Commanding Officer, confirmed and identified the rescued person as a member of Team Abe, Squad 2, Main Regional Guerrilla Unit (MRGU) of NPA’s Western Regional Party Committee.

“He was also the gunner of the M60 General Purpose Machine Gun that was recovered by our troops during the last encounter,” Lt. Col. Boransing said.

Lt. Col Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB Commanding Officer, who joined forces with 97IB said: “The unit responded to information from the locals that a wounded NPA member was trying to seek medical help and refuge in Barangay Guibo.”

Col. Leonel Nicolas, 102nd Infantry Brigade Commander, said, “alias Lando will be medically attended and treated by our military doctors.”

Maj. Gen. Generoso Ponio, 1st Infantry “TABAK” Division Commander, commended the troops for giving premium in protecting lives, even the life of their own enemy.

“Aside from the soldiers’ tactical skills, respect to human rights and observance to International Humanitarian Law are also instilled to every soldier,” Maj. Gen. Ponio said.

“These individuals were also victims of deceit and lies from the propagandas of the NPA. If we can save as many individuals through the different government programs such as Enhanced Comprehensive Integration Program (E-CLIP) or even immediately after encounter just like what happened today, we will do so,” Maj. Gen. Ponio said.

The rescued NPA rebel is now undergoing medical treatment at Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital in 1ID headquarters.

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