Mison tells soldiers not to be used by politicians



FORT DEL PILAR, Baguio City—Former Customs Commissioner Salvador Mison advised soldiers and Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadets to avoid being used by politicians in election fraud.

At a PMA leadership forum, which the alumni organized on Friday, Mison, a member of PMA Class 1955, said the military’s integrity and credibility are compromised when politicians approach them and ask for their help to ensure that they would win elections.

“Leave the military alone to perform its duty. They should not be used to promote personal interests,” said Mison.

He said military leaders face ethical dilemmas when their superiors issue illegal instructions on behalf of candidates, citing occasions during the term of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that were widely discussed.

“Illegal orders usually [involve] terrorizing voters and rigging election results. In our time, the Philippine Army and [the Philippine] Air Force were used to collect ballot boxes [on behalf of people who] changed the ballots,” Mison said.

“The military should be isolated from the politician. If there is any relationship [between them], it should be honorable… We can have a closer relationship with the Philippine government. After all, the President is our chief executive but the relationship should be noble and respectable,” he said.

He told cadets that the phrase, “Obey before you complain,” should be challenged if orders by the higher ranking officers are illegal.

“Develop being morally upright early on in your career. If you have a reputation of being honorable and if you have integrity and if you are morally upright, the senior officer would hesitate to give you illegal orders,” he said.

Mison said young soldiers should emulate the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, who committed suicide on Feb. 8, 2011, in front of his mother’s grave amid a Senate probe on military corruption.

He said Reyes, a member of PMA Class 1966, could not take the corruption that hounded the military so he gave up his life to protect his honor.

“[The Armed Forces of the Philippines] needs real leaders and they should uphold ethical values in your military career,” he said.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, in his speech at the homecoming on Saturday, said: “I think what we need is the ability to ask questions and to think things through. [We also need] discipline to do well, and that is vision. Discipline in how to do well and that is strategy and political will… the ability to formulate a national philosophy sprouting from a fundamental notion of who we are as a people.”

“In my view, we all believe that key to our progress as a nation is discipline. But where do we use discipline? We remember our experiences as a nation that lost its freedom, where discipline was used to pursue the interests of a few,” he said in Filipino.

Binay said “those same questions would equip us to confront the ever intensifying and more complex issues on our territorial integrity and sovereignty, such as the challenge of the West Philippine Sea.”

Binay was adopted by the homecoming’s host, the PMA “Maringal” Class of 1988.

Former President Fidel Ramos, Transportation Secretary Joseph Emilio Abaya, former Defense Secretary Fortunato Abat and Muntinlupa Rep. Rodolfo Biazon joined top military and police officials, led by Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, at the homecoming.

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  • duviz7533

    tell it to the marines,,should follow gen reyes principle daw…follow him in hell  him in hell,pareho kayo lahat parang ang mga honory class members ninyo..lalo na si black maligno na bansot.tigilan na ninyo ang panloloko sa isip ng bayan.

    • spider69

      dapat abolish na ang PMA. diyan galing lahat ang mga naging kurap. akala mo matinong PNP chief yun pala kasapakat sa pagbili ng Helicopter na Palpak.

      • spider69

        rubber boats na tila sa konting baha ay lulubog na.

  • $5699914

    Emulate Reyes?
    Hindi naman niya ginawa iyon dahil sa pagmamahal sa institusyon; ginawa niya iyon para iligtas ang sarili niya na nabuko sa pangungurakot.

    • spider69

      at saka ang mga naitago na ng kanyang Familya.

  • palakasantayo

    Binay can talk and talk but, can he walk what he talks? Magandang pakingan pero, pagkaharap na niya pera o pagkakapirahan… nawa-wala and prinsepyo niya. That’s why yuma-man and bansot at maligno na ito, instead na ibigay niya ang mga maga-gandang negosyo sa iba, inangkin niyang lahat.

  • kolambogan

    Hindi na kailangang pagamit ang mga walanghiya sa sandatahang lakas ng Pilipinas, sa mga politico dahil sila mismo ay naghahanap ng padrinong politico at kaalyados ng mga may pera, ng may malalaking negosyo na sinimulan ni Marcos hanggang sa kasalakuyan, tama ang mga nag komento dito, panay salita lang ang alam ng mga magka kutsabang walanghiyang politico at miyembro ng sandatahan, mga hinayupak na walang kayang pagsamantalahan kundi ang mga mamamayang walang kaalam-alam at kalaban-laban. Sana matauhan na ang bayan at tuluyan ng kumawala sa kanilang paniniwala na ang mga taong namumuno ng tiwali at walang pruweba ay puro salita at pagpayaman lamang sa sarili at pamilya ang tanging layunin ay dapat ng ibasura at ilantad upang hindi na pamarisan. Ang tao mismo ang dapat mag-isip nito at huwag hayaang mga “vested interests” ang mag-paalala nito sa kanila, dahil maaaring pakulo lang nila ang magsabi ng maganda at tila mabuti, pero para lang pala sa kanilang mga sariling interes akma ang mga sinasabi at hindi para sa bayan.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4R3GZTGML26TV2VGS6RVHP2THM Fred

    Tama kaya ang ginamit ni Mison na example si Anglo Reyes?

    • spider69

      kung lahat silang kurap ay gagayahin si Angie Reyes, baka ma ubos ang mga gov’t. officials. you know what I mean.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/55XNXOYBNF6BG3EWOM5V4YMWXM Pedro

    Sir Mison, para sakin OK po yung advise  nyo  na hwag magpapagamit  sa  mga pulitiko  ang  mga PMA’ers  . subalit dapat  po  nag-advise  na  rin kayo  sa  kanila  na  ” Hwag  magnakaw”. Karamihan  po  ngayon sa  mga  naka -demanda  sa  OMBUDSMAN  ng  PLUNDER  at  UNEXPLAINED  WEALTH  ay  mga  PMA  graduates. . .  


    >>>Mison said young soldiers should emulate the late Defense Secretary Angelo Reyes, who committed suicide on Feb. 8, 2011, in front of his mother’s grave amid a Senate probe on military corruption.<<<

    SUSMARYOSEP!!!   Emulate a coward….one who wouldn't and couldn't handle the TRUTH?  Ano  ang lalabas nyan, Philippine Military Academy of Cowards?  Ilang taon na ba itong si Mison, coz he might be losing it.  SUSMARYOSEP!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/U3IDH7TXSM7JWAWRU3S2ZDHHTI n

    Please let us not believe hook, line and sinker whatever is printed and passed off as news by our national dailies. In defense of Mison, he never said “young soldiers to emulate the late Angelo Reyes.” 

    What he said, and read, before the graduating class of 2013 during the PMA Leadership forum was “…if you seriously care about integrity, you may have to impose corresponding penalties to yourself. I can point to the case of the late General Angelo Reyes, who appeared unable to bear his apparent quilt by a subordinate officer.” 

    This is therefore a clear case of a reporter abusing press freedom, when that reporter passed off as a direct quote his interpretation of a statement which he clearly took out of context. The result is a misquote, which, perhaps wittingly, was expected to generate heated controversy and spark a firestorm of violent reaction. 

    Mison even advised the cadets that in all their actions, personal and official, they should always keep in mind that their actions will reflect upon the reputation of PMA. He dealt lengthily with integrity, and admitted disappointment when people deride PMA to mean Philippine Magnanakaw Academy or Philippine Millionaires Academy. 

    Most of our readers may be too young to recall that Mison stood by the late Cory Aquino when her presidency was wracked by a series of attempted coups. And Mison, when he was Customs Commissioner, was never infected by the culture of corruption that permeated that agency which has earned it the infamous moniker of being the most corrupt government agency.


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