By Bonita Ermac
ILIGAN CITY — A female soldier volunteered to give up her blood to help a wounded New People’s Army (NPA) fighter at a station hospital here on Thursday, May 7.
Private First Class Eunice Jane Curayag, assigned with the First Civil Military Operations Battalion, donated her blood to help the insurgent known as Lando, who was wounded and left behind by his comrades after an encounter with troopers of the 97th Infantry Battalion in town of Siayan last Monday, May 4.
According to Maj Jussel Parlan, the commanding officer of Kuta Cesar Sang-an Station Hospital, Lando suffered a gunshot wound in the abdomen, and, as a result, needed the immediate transfusion of blood.
It was after learning of the NPA rebel’s predicament that Curayag volunteered to give her blood to save Lando’s life.
First Infantry Division Commander Maj. Gen. Generoso M. Ponio said the command will ensure that the wounded rebel will be medically attended and monitored by the military doctors.
“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”, said Ponio.
“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.