BACOLOD CITY – A suspected Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) rebel left her two-month-old son in the house of a villager in Talisay City, Negros Occidental to evade soldiers patrolling the area early morning on Wednesday.
Troops of the 79th Infantry Battalion (IB) arrived after learning about the presence of communist-terrorists in Hacienda Ambulog, Barangay San Fernando, prompting the woman, identified as “Ka Jandy”, and her comrade, “Ka Moneth” to flee.
“We are saddened that the two-month-old baby was abandoned by her mother because of a senseless cause. ‘Ka Jandy’ had a choice, but she chose to leave her child and go against the government,” Lt. Col. Gerard Alvaran, commanding officer of 79IB, said in a statement.
The infant was turned over by the Philippine Army and the Talisay City Police Station to the care of the City Social Welfare and Development Office.
Around 2:20 p.m., the troops came to the house of Marilyn Dianton and found the baby. Dianton told them that he is the son of “Ka Jandy”.
They recovered subversive documents with high intelligence value, medical supplies, including a pack of birth control pills, infant’s clothes, feeding bottles, disposable diapers, and other baby stuff, as well as food items such as rice, canned goods, and instant noodles.
The troops also seized three mobile phones, seven phone batteries, two cellular phone chargers, a power bank, and a gas stove with five butane fuel canisters.
Alvaran thanked the residents who provided the information about the presence of the communist-terrorists.
“Your continuous support by way of relaying information (to us) contributes a lot in our fight against insurgency,” he added.
Alvaran also urged “Ka Jandy” and her comrades to “lay down their arms and abandon the pointless armed struggle.”
“The government is willing to help them start anew,” he said.
The CPP-NPA is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the Philippines. (PNA)