Editorial

Military rumblings

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The reassurance by Central Command (Centcom) that they will not heed rumblings within military circles of a coup d’ etat against their sitting commander-in-chief President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III for castigating the military rather than pursuing all-out-war against the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) isn’t news.

What can be considered news is their expression of sympathy for their 19 fallen comrades in arms who were killed by suspected MILF rebels in southern Mindanao which is shared by most Filipinos in Luzon and the Visayas, far away from the conflict zone.

These same Filipinos are also picking up on the clamor by officials, some of whom have never been even to Mindanao, for the national government to wage war on the MILF rebels for the murder of the 19 soldiers.

With the President’s adamant refusal to wage war and instead pursue “all out justice” the rumblings of another coup d’ etat began to surface albeit with more fuel to the fire this time around being fed by people supposedly aligned with the former president, who still has her own sympathetic generals in her fold.

The coup d’ etat talks aren’t to be taken lightly; that former general Danilo Lim issued a call to the military rank and file “not to be seduced” by the call to join a mutiny, however ill-advised it is owing to the President’s strong popularity, points to how determined and how influential these movers and shakers remain in their quest to reclaim power.

Former mutineer now Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV put it aptly when he said that while the Aquino administration may be right in rejecting the military’s call for all-out-war, the President should have handled the confrontation with top military officials differently—that is, he should have talked with them at headquarters and not given them a public dressing down.

The same thing happened with then former defense secretary Orlando Mercado, when he chided some top officials in front of their men. Generals, for all their inaction on and possible complicity in the prevalence of graft and corruption within the military hierarchy, still are entitled to some respect at least in front of their troops.

Still the President, having seen how his own mother the late president Corazon Aquino face down several coup attempts in her time, isn’t one to mince words when he castigated the generals for their failure to protect their own troops, even sending soldiers who don’t have much battle experience into the meat grinder that is Basilan province.

It is these costly mistakes that troops like the Central Command assigned in Central Visayas have to live with, since most of them may be shipped out of their area and into the battle zone. We in Cebu who live far away from the conflict zones of Mindanao, could only commiserate and hope that the need doesn’t arise for them to be moved out of the region.

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  • Guest

    sa mga ganitong pagkakataon
    all smiles na naman
    ang u.s. at tsina

    divided pa rin tayong mga pilipino
    rule pa rin sila

    di na ba tayo natoto?

    • Anonymous

      The smiles of US and China should be the least of our concern at the moment. Moreover, whether we are united or not we do not matter to them anyway. Even Air France thinks that we are so insignificant that they are pulling out the last direct flight from Phil to Europe. Bottom line , we do not matter to them, period.

      • antonioluna

        correction, pinas has both strategic location and natural resources, china found out about during joint exploration courtesy of pandakekak, we do matter to them and you are wrong.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_K73FSSBXSZMXRIPQBLUAXEAD3I M

         You’re wrong. What happens in the Philippines DOES matter to the USA.  We here feel a close tie to the Philippines, even if it’s not evident at all times.  I speak for myself and many others here in the USA.  Please don’t slap those of us who care in the face.  You may have your opinion, but in this case, I and many others feel you are incorrect.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    It is sad to know that our soldiers assigned in CEBU are afraid to be sent to Mindanao Area.  Yes !!! you are afraid.  Where is your warrior spirit?  Walang Filipinong duwag!!!  Hopefully, you won’t empty your M-16  magazine in one squeeze when you see an MILF rebel sleeping under a coconut tree. Shame on you …

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    Pakiusap lang po sa mga media personel natin. Let us stop using the term MILF territory.  There is no such thing as MILF territory on Philippine soil. The Philippines is one nation indivisible!  TPS ( temporary place of stay) is the best language to use.
        If the MILF leadership has no command and control over its members,  then the MILF does not exist!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    The Philippine Armed Forces wants an all out war, the president wants a selective target strike. Then the rumor of a coup de etat because everbody wants to fight.  But the soldiers assigned in CEBU are afraid of being assigned to Mindanao?????   This doesn’t add up.  Perhaps they only wanted a coup.  You do a coup, you will play right in the card the MILF wants you to play. The oppurtunistic foreign countries are laughing while the MILF criminals are clapping their hands.   

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PBOZBBLRVEOTWHXEXOAXJR3Q3Y Dana

    About Sony Trillanes. He said the President dressed up in public Generals on the Mindanao incident and they deserve respect even some of them were involved in corruption? First,  Sony Trillanes contradicted himself. He is the one who publicly humiliated corrupt Generals in public during the investigation specially  that Gloria General Reyes who commited suicide on his mom’s burial plot on a cemetery.  Sony,  you need to mature as a politician. You don’t make irresponsible statements.

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