Court martial finds soldier in Al Barka bloodbath guilty

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MANILA, Philippines – One of the officers tagged in the Al Barka bloodbath in October 2011 which led to the death of 19 of Army’s Special Forces soldiers was found guilty by the general court martial.

Colonel Jose Feliciano Loy Jr., a law member of the court martial, said that then Special Forces Regiment Airborne Commander Colonel Almikandra Undug was convicted “guilty beyond reasonable doubt” during a deliberation on January 8.

Undug, as a regiment commander, committed “imprudence without inappropriate clearance from higher headquarters and violation of chain of command by allowing the Military Scuba Diving Course students in actual operations on October 18,  2011 in Al- Barka, Basilan,” Loy told INQUIRER.net in a phone interview.

Undug was earlier cleared of other charges against him, including three specifications from Articles of War 96 (Conduct Unbecoming of an Officer and a Gentleman) and two specifications from AW 97 (Disorders and Neglects to the Prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline).

As a result of a closed-door session and secret balloting with all the seven members of the court present, Undug will face admonition, reduced in ranking of 50 files below from his present seniority  listing, and suspension from command and duty for six months effective January 8, Loy said.

Meanwhile, the commander of the 4th Special Forces Battalion, Lieutenant Colonel Leonard Pena, is still presenting his pieces of evidence and will be on a hearing on January 26.

In October last year, the military tribunal has already cleared two officers –former Commandant of Special Forces School Lieutenant Colonel Orlando Edralin and former Commander of Special Operations Task Force Basilan Colonel Alexander Macario– for “insufficiency of evidence” for their involvement over the bungled military operations.

The series of hearings started May last year.

Nineteen elite soldiers were killed after they clashed with Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) members in Al Barka town, Basilan on Oct. 18, 2011.

The soldiers were on their way to arrest Abu Sayyaf leaders Furuji Indama and Long Malat and MILF subcommander Dan Laksaw Asnawi, when they were ambushed by the rebels and turned into a day-long fight.

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  • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    “Nineteen elite soldiers were killed after they clashed with Moro Islamic
    Liberation Front (MILF) members in Al Barka town, Basilan on Oct. 18,
    2011.”

    perhaps they were not elite after all.  Just saying.

    • Facilitator1

      PALPAK ang comment/assessment mo. They (Military Scuba Diving Course students) lacked the proper training/ability to fully/successful engaged the MILF. Not to mention, the incompetence/ineptness of their commander. Knowing full well his men were not trained and lacked the proper/appropriate skills (and probably, unsuitable weapons/equipment) for this type of warfare/combat.  

      Kahit sa USA, maraming “special ops” units built/geared for a “specific” operation. Kumbaga, may kanya kanyang “expertise” ang mga SPEC OPS UNIT. As a war planner/ground commander (most specially, senior field grade commander pa ang nag-utos), hindi ka basta basta sugod ng sugod without assessing the situation. PEACE…

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

        sf trainees are sent on test missions (enemy engagement) which is a requirement to finish their specialization course.

      • Facilitator1

        Kaya pala PUMAPALPAK sila. Our AFP senior leadership must change our DOCTRINE/TACTICS/TRAINING PHILOSOPHY to prevent a repeat of this sad, unfortunate incident.

        Since they are trainees–COMMON SENSE tells you–they need personnel (experienced/trained cadre–NCOs/Os) to lead/guide/direct them. You just don’t send students/trainees into HARM’s WAY (either they’re training for SPEC OPS or NOT) kahit pa EXPENDABLE ang tinging ng AFP senior leadership sa kanila. Kung hindi MASSACRE ang palaging OUTCOME.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/2I5Z6CAZKOTTPZEHG4LFXYUFFA dudes

        Naambush yung mga SF natin dahil sa hinde sa lack of proper training kundi sa mga lumang radio ang gamit nang mga sundalo natin……. Bakit ko nasabi yan dahil jan nag monitor ang mga milf sa basilan nakikinig sila nang paguusap nang sundalo nakukuha nila ang frequency nang melitar natin . Bakit nila naabangan kung anung oras dumaan yung mga sundalo kung wala silang namonitor na paguusap.

      • http://www.dafk.net/what/ Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

        “They (Military Scuba Diving Course students) lacked the proper training/ability to fully/successful engaged the MILF”

        So again, perhaps they were not elite after all.

        “Not to mention, the incompetence/ineptness of their commander. Knowing full well his men were not trained and lacked the proper/appropriate skills (and probably, unsuitable weapons/equipment) for this type of warfare/combat.”

        perhaps they were not elite after all.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PM6JHCFR2KT2AURMWRDUXBNLQY Darwin

    So no cases filed against the Muslim killers? In fact, binigyan pa ng 5 million!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

      wala tayong magawa ito ang tuwid na daan.

  • generalproblem

    hindi kaya niyari yung mga sundalo ng commander nila na si undog. mukhang muslim yata yan eh hehehhe. nagtatanong lang. malamang may kamagnak yan sa milf.

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Labing-siyam, nineteen, 19!!!! Dios na mahabagin!!! Special Forces pa mandin!!! Kahit na sabihin pa na isa ito!!!

  • santosboi

    then anu naman po ang kaso nun mga pumatay? penalty sa kanila peace talk? me reward pang money. hay dyos kong mahabagin. pero ang gulo. pag sundalo ang pinatay walang human right.. pero pag sundalo at pulis ang pumatay eto nagkakagulo ang mga human right kuno. like what happening sa atimonan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    ito ang panot na daan tapos pinatay ang 19 na SF binigyan pa ng 5m.ano ba ang nangyari sa admin. na ito binibaby ang mga ito.

  • gmaisthebestpresident

    admonition ang kapalit ng 19 na buhay??????

    • Facilitator1

      What do you expect from them. It’s a “old boys’ club”…

    • Ganymede

      Grabe no? Ganon ganon lang yun? Suspended lang ng 6 month apos balik serbisyo ulit. Kahit mademote yan ng ilang ranggo. Pagnakabalik yan for sure maraming kilala yan sa taas mabilis na ulit magpataas ng ranggo ang hayup.

  • zeroko

    No use pointing fingers on Juniors. Our military are nothing but………. he he he! 

    • Facilitator1

      Ako na ang magdurugtong kabayan…”POORLY LED and ILL-EQUIPPED”…

      With due respect, ang mga senior officers (AFP/PNP) natin ay very QUESTIONABLE ang fitness nila to lead. Ewan ko kung na-promote sila dahil alam nila ang kanilang tungkulin o may padrino. SWAK na SWAK sila (not all) sa katagang, “it’s not important of WHAT you know but it’s WHO you know”…

      But believe or not, maraming mga foreign military personnel ang HANGA sa TAPANG at INGENUITY ng PINOY kahit salat tayo sa kagamitan at yaman pero mga AFP soldiers (rank and file) natin are still brimming with pride and with a “can do” attitude!!! 

      PEACE…

      • Ganymede

        Tama… kelan kaya magkakaroon ng delicadeza itong mga heneral na to. Palibhasa hindi pa nasuong sa malaking digmaan ang Pinas kaya petiks petiks lang itong mga to. Hindi sineseryoso ang kanilang propesyon. Kung sabagay bahagi na ata ng kulturang Pinoy ang padrino system. Kaya walang asenso ang Pinas. Pag ganito sistema lahat ng magagaling aalis dito dahil madismaya lang sila.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/I6PP5AA42KYHWKAXUESVEUHO3U Arnel

    Kawawang mga sundalo sila pang nalagasan sila pa ngayon ang may kaso pero ang mga pumatay namayagpag…Ito ba ang tuwid na daan???

    • Ganymede

      Tama.. pero itong nakasuhan ay may pagkukulang din bilang nakatataas. Biruin mong isabak agad sa giyera itong mga bagitong sundalo sa lugar na hindi sila pamilyar. Shempre dedo itong mga batang ito… Kundi ba naman bopols itong kumander nila.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    sampal sa kamay ang kapalit! pakitang tao lang para sabihin may ginawa sila!

  • Ganymede

    Give me 50 push-ups! Now!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/SPDAZIXLRDOGCON42ETFG4AG3A TonTon

    enlighten me.. what is meant by this phrase “reduced in ranking of 50 files below from his present seniority  listing”… so from the current rank as Colonel, what would be his rank after demotion?

     

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