IMPASUGONG, Bukidnon – 40 members of Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army Terrorists (CNTs) from Headquarters Force NEO Compaq of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee (NCMRC) abandon its wounded and pregnant member during an encounter with government troops of 8th Infantry Battalion (8IB) around 2 o’clock in the afternoon, yesterday, April 14, 2018 in a forested area near Sitio Ulayanon, Brgy. Kalabugao, Impasugong, Bukidnon.
The slightly wounded CNT member was identified as Susan Cabusao Guaynon, 22 years old and is five months pregnant. She was abandoned by her comrades during the 20 minutes firefight after incurring a wound in the forehead. There were no casualty in the government troops and believed that several CNT members were wounded as indicated by the bloodstains along their withdrawal routes.
As of the time of release, Guaynon is in stable condition. Troops have immediately applied first aid and sought for her evacuation to the nearest hospital for proper medical treatment.
Recovered items from the encounter are: 2 – AK47 rifles; 1 – AR18 rifle; 1 – cal. 30 M1 Carbine rifle; 1 – M4 rifle; 1 – air gun; and 30 backpacks filled with subversive documents and personal belongings.
“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, Commanding Officer of 8th Infantry Battalion said.
403rd Infantry Brigade continues relentless Focused Military Operations in its area of responsibility in response to the repeated reports of threat and extortion of CNTs from local residents in their communities.
Brigadier General Eric Vinoya, Commander of the 403rd Infantry Brigade said, “It is shameful that NPA terrorists and leaders keep on recruiting members with sweet and promising words, yet they fail to look into the welfare of their own members – leaving a wounded and pregnant woman in the mountains after the clash with 8IB troops. They should be the one looking after her especially that she is pregnant and she needs monthly check-up.”
Headquarters Force NEO Compaq is the security in-charge of the Executive Committee of the NCMRC. Said group was responsible for the killing of Mayor Mario Okinlay last July 2, 2014 in Brgy Bontongon, Impasugong, Bukidnon and the merciless murder of three unarmed 8IB soldiers last February 1, 2017 in Sitio Kaleb, Brgy Kibalabag, Malaybalay City, Bukidnon, the reason President Rodrigo Duterte terminated the government’s unilateral ceasefire declaration.
“4th Infantry Division supports our Commander-in-Chief in the resumption of peace talks. Meanwhile, soldiers continue its mandate of securing the Filipino people from intimidation and threat brought by NPA terrorists in the hinterlands. I call on the leadership of CPP-NPA terrorists to show sincerity this time on the President’s goal to achieve a peaceful nation. You have been calling for the resumption of peace talks, but always failed to show sincerity.” Major General Ronald Villanueva, Commander of Army’s 4th Infantry Division said. (PRESS RELEASE)