Army troopers save abandoned wounded NPA in Zambo Norte

Published May 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Bonita Ermac

ILIGAN CITY — Combined Army troopers belonging to the 53rd and 97th Infantry Battalions saved an abandoned wounded New People’s Army (NPA) member in Barangay Guibo, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte on Wednesday.


The NPA was identified as alyas Lando, 27 years old, who was wounded during the May 4 encounter between the 97IB and the NPA in Barangay Pange, Siayan, Zamboanga del Norte.

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

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

Lt. Col Jo-ar Herrera, 53IB commander who joined forces with the 97IB said that, “the unit responded to an information from the locals that a wounded NPA was trying to seek medical help and refuge in one of the sitios of the said barangay.”

Col. Leonel Nicolas, commander of the 102nd Infantry Brigade said that, “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 in every soldier,” Ponio said.

“These individuals were also victims of deceit and lies from the propaganda of the NPA. If we can save as much 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,” Ponio added.

As of this posting, the rescued NPA is undergoing medical treatment at Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital in Headquarters 1ID.