AFP sets trial of 4 officers



AFP Chief of Staff General Jessie Dellosa. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

Four senior Army officers will soon be arraigned by a military tribunal for the botched Oct. 18, 2011, operation in Al Barka, Basilan, that left 19 Army Special Forces troops soldiers and 14 others wounded in  an encounter with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) rebels.

Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Jessie Dellosa formally appointed the members of the seven-man general court-martial (GCM) on April 16, but the military only announced it on April 29.

“With the composition of the GCM approved, the next step is the arraignment of all the accused before the military court,” the AFP said in a statement.

To be arraigned are Col. Amikandra Undug, former commander of the Army Special Forces Regiment; Col. Alexander Macario, former commander of the Special Operations Task Force-Basilan; Lt. Col. Leonardo Peña, former commander of the 4th Special Forces Battalion in charge of the troops deployed to Al Barka, and Lt. Col. Orlando Edralin, former commandant of the Special Forces Training School.  Dona Z. Pazzibugan

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  • tony

    Yung apat na opisyal puro “Special” yung mga unit nila kaya ayun talagang special din ang pagkakayari sa mga sundalo nila!

  • taga_labas

     “Alright, sir” or is it  “Take life, sir”?  God bless those who are involved in the court martial proceedings.  RIP to those soldiers who paid the ultimate price.  

  • $18209031

    Diyos ko po, hindi parin maaasahan natin ang mga commanders kahit may Special Force tranining sila. Nagpapabaya mga ito. Very lax at more on pogi points . Kulang sa critical thinking,  A big failure in planning pa lang.

    • taga_labas

      How about the bounty involved? Kaya all the crap the commanders learned through their training locally or abroad went out the window kasi ang bounty na yan.  Complacency and cavalier attitude of the leaders ay dapat din tignan maigi.  RIP to the victims. 

    • MagicQuad

      I personally know these guys, specially the two LTC’s. They are not “very lax”. In fact, they are extremely bright, dedicated soldiers of the republic, and among the best in their PMA class.

      The deployment of sf students for “test missions” has been going on for a long time (ever since sf was established by fvr), and always to where there is potential for action. The students are also a different breed. How many of you negative commenters could be as brave as them, volunteering for a 6-month training course which you know for sure will end in some kind of military encounter? By the way, those officers on trial all went through the same training+encounter sf course. Minsan lang talaga merong minamalas; of course not all military encounters come out a success.

      • juno93

        My squad leader, Ltc Leonardo Icaro Peña is not “very lax” !   juno93

      • Pio Gante

        sir, correct me if i’m wrong…soldiers undergoing sf training are required to be deployed and will not receive their badges unless they encounter a real firefight and most often they stage a fake encounter just to speed up their graduation from the course. unofficially,  trainee activities include bank robberies, assassinations and other black ops missions.

  • $18209031

    Kula  sa metaphoric thinking skills ang mga commanders natin.  They call it strategic way of  thinking . Expect the unexpected , have a plan A , B and C . Expect the worse case scenario when in an operation. Nagpapabaya !

  • Romee Fernandez

    Hindi pa rin ganap ang hustisya sa mga sundalong pataksil na pinatay ng MILF at pinugutan ng ulo kung maparusahan man ang mga opisyal na ito. Pababayaan na lang ba nating sa sariling bayan e me mga teritoryong di pwede na pumasok ang military at police para hulihin ang mga kriminal na me sala sa batas ng Pilipinas? Di lang naman ito ang kaso ng ambuscades at paglabag sa ceasefire accord na ginawa ng MILF. Kung me lapses o kapabayaan man sa mga namumuno ng bawat unit o organisasyon e alam naman ng bawat miyembro ng kasandaluhan na sa bawat misyon e me kaakibat na panganib. Kaya nga “Be Prepared at all Times” – expect the unexpected ke training o familiarization.

  • arao_liwanag

    It will be just a show, the people are already dumb (manhid na sa mga palabas), so were the words of my Filipino friends.

  • Jon

    Ano uli yung penallty doon sa mga MILF na pumugot sa mga sundalo?
    Suspended from the NILF.
    Court Martial ang sundalo habang pinag-bakasyon lang ang katapat sa MILF?
    Utang na loob AFP, huwag na kayong magpauto sa mga kriminal na ito at sa mga kumakalong sa kanila.
    At kung binenta na kayo ng gobyerno, ang taong bayan ay nasa likod pa rin ninyo. 

  • kulittwit

    This trial is like quality control on the part of the AFP. Those who  fail below expected norms and military standards should be corrected para hindi pamarisan ng mga bago at mababang rangkong kasapi ng AFP. 

  • Nash

    Pio Gante, I respect your opinion..I don’t know where you got that information, but you are absolutely wrong. They were not trained to harm innocent people, they were trained to protect the Filipinos, either Christians or Muslims. Special Forces would be the “last defence” of the country in the event of invasion. Others would leave the country but SF would die for the country. Perhaps, we need more intellectual analysis about the existence of SF, and the Armed Forces in general.

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