The military said a wounded and pregnant woman was abandoned by her fellow New People's Army (NPA) members during an encounter in Impasugong, Bukidnon on Saturday.
Lieutenant Colonel Ronald Illana, commander of the Philippine Army's 8th Infantry Battalion (IB), identified the female NPA member as Susan Guaynon, 22 years old and five months pregnant.
Illana said Guaynon was left behind by her fellow NPA members after a 20-minute firefight.
He said Guaynon, who had an injury on the forehead, was taken to the nearest hospital after being given first aid by soldiers. Guaynon is now in stable condition, he added.
The military believed that several other members of the NPA group that its troops encountered were also wounded.
Seized following the encounter were two AK47 rifles, one AR18 rifle, one cal. 30 M1 Carbine rifle, one M4 rifle, one air gun, and 30 backpacks containing subversive documents and other personal belongings.
The military said the NPA group was under the Headquarters Force NEO Compaq of North Central Mindanao Regional Committee allegedly behind the killing of Mayor Mario Okinlay on July 2, 2014 in Barangay Bontongon.
The group is also allegedly involved in the killings of three unarmed 8th IB soldiers last February 1, 2017 in Sitio Kaleb, Barangay Kibalabag in Malaybalay City. —Anna Felicia Bajo/ALG, GMA News