The dramatic dispatch of thousands of troops to
It is a major development in the history of the conflict, and in the life of the Arroyo administration. Regrettably, there is no sign that the matter has won the serious attention of our political leaders, including those who believe themselves to be presidential timber for 2010. Not one of them has offered any idea on what should be done.
So many more will die in
From Marcos to Arroyo, every President has contributed his or her own errors in
Whatever is the role of the armed forces, they do not deserve shabby treatment from the politicians. Their political leaders must never undermine their morale. Some of Mrs. Arroyo’s decisions, however, have undermined not just their morale. One such decision split the Southern Command capriciously into two ---the Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga, in charge of the Moro rebels, and the Eastern Mindanao Command in
This was done for no apparently good reason, except to give two lieutenant generals two separate commands. The result is an absurd situation which has the effect of telling the troops of the Western command, “you will shoot at Moro rebels only,” and those at the Eastern command, “you will shoot at NPA rebels alone.” Totally lost is the fact that the Moro rebels and the NPA had long entered into a tactical alliance.
While the military counted 14 Marines killed in Basilan last July, and 26 killed in Sulu last week, no one has bothered to ask what kind of intelligence they were getting before they got killed. Obviously, very little or nothing. And why? Because the intelligence funds are habitually “converted” by their bosses? Or because PAGCOR, which does not have to fight a rebellion, has a much bigger intelligence fund than the Armed Forces of the
These are just some of the issues which our “leaders” should be looking at. But sadly, they are not there, or they are not looking.
We need to solve the
Speak now, or forever be damned.