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Soldiers facilitate safe transfer of NPA leader to Davao reg'l hospital

by Cpt Emmanuel R Garcia (INF)

Camp Apolinario, Panacan, Davao City (4 March) -- The regional army headquarters here facilitated the safe transfer of a high ranking New People's Army (NPA) leader from a military hospital to a government regional hospital 13:45 PM Tuesday.

Zaldy Canete alias Jinggoy, the NPA leader wounded in a clash with soldiers a month ago and treated in a military hospital at Camp Apolinario in Davao City was secured and brought to the Davao Regional Hospital (DRH) in Tagum City by soldiers and policemen by virtue of the court order issued by Judge Hilarion Clapis of the Regional Trial Court 11.

Maj. Gen. Carlos Holganza, commander of the army's 10th Infantry Division expressed happiness on the recovery of the patient and emphasized the humanitarian efforts of soldiers in providing security and medical care to Canete saying, "We are glad that Zaldy has recovered and can now be transferred to DRH. Our soldiers' efforts to secure him and provide proper medical care has paved well for many sectors to realize that the AFP is sincere in our gesture to reach out to our misguided brothers and in extending a helping hand."

Developing friendship, personal touch

Officers and medical personnel of the army division and the military hospital have developed friendship with Canete and have been on personal touch with the NPA leader in his 30-day stay inside the Camp's hospital.

Army Captain Rosa Maria Cristina Manuel, the designated caretaker of Jinggoy (who left her two small sick children in order to personally oversee the wellbeing of Canete during his critical moments) wished him well. "I can see a ray of hope in his eyes. He was still a child when he was lured, exploited and manipulated by the communists. What happened to him must not happen again to our youth specially those in the countryside," Manuel said.

Maj. Cristina Trinidad, Capt Ami Paderagao and Lieutenants Sandra Liz Guyguyon and Cherry Lyne Aimee Damoyan personally took care of Jinggoy and nursed his wound while in the hospital. The petite Maj. Trinidad despite her small frame was very strict in making Jinggoy comply in taking his medications on time while being motherly in her approach. The rest of the hospital staff treat Jinggoy as a little brother whom they really have to take care.

I will miss all of you ? Jinggoy

The night before his transfer, Canete was informed to prepare and while packing his things, he kept searching for something in his belongings and it turned out to be a tumbler with the logo of the army's 10th Infantry Divn by Capt. Manuel. Several tokens from hospital staff were also given to Jinggoy including a Bible personally given by Maj. Trinidad.

In bidding hospital staff goodbye, Jingoy said in Cebuano, "I will miss all of you." (PA) [top]

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