Another human loss for the PHL gov’t PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 12 April 2016 14:43

Table Talk

BY Mike S Apostol

The country was shocked Saturday by a breaking news about 18 soldiers including one young army oficer of the Army’s 44th Infantry Batallion who were slain, some were cruelly beheaded in an almost 10 hours of firefight with the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG), in the island province of Basilan. ASG has been operating in the provinces of Basilan and Sulu, said to be their ASG strongholds, and some smaller groups in the Zamboanga Peninsula. They are also reported to be responsible for the kidnapping of many foreigners in the south. Their kidnap for ransom activities resulted in brutal deaths of kidnap victims who allegedly were not able to produce ransom for their freedom, but their nefarious activities also earned them millions of pesos.

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Allegedly, the soldiers of the 44th IB who were killed in action, were in the area to rescue some kidnap victims mostly foreigners. While in the process, they allegedly encountered over 100 ASGs  who ambushed them. After almost 10 hours of heavy firefight, aside from the 18 troops of the 44th IB killed in action, there were also scores of soldiers injured. Also in that encounter, many ASG terrorists were also killed and injured, but no exact number was released by our authorities. It was gathered that one of the ASGs  killed is a foreigner, allegedly a Moroccan in ISIS black t-shirt uniform. Investigation by our government is underway.

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A very sad incident happened again even if the Filipino people are still nursing their sorrows after the Mamasapano tragedy, where 44 PNP Special Action Force (SAF) policemen were massacred in Central Mindanao, allegedly, by the Moro Islamic Liberation Force (MILF), who they say, detested the presence of the PNP SAF in their territory without coordination. Investigation revealed that the PNP SAF were implementing a lawful police order to effect a warrant for the arrest of a wanted international terrorist. Also initial information Table Talk gathered was that, the Philippine Army soldiers that met their fatal misfortune in Basilan Province, were also on a legal mission to rescue kidnap victims under the custody of the ASG terrorists for many months now.

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What is the real score in these fatal incidents? If indeed, it were a lawful order and mission, was there adequate preparation and intelligence information before they proceeded to implement their missionorder? In the case of the Army soldiers, why were the terrorists able to stage an ambuscade? How did the terrorists know that government soldiers will rescue their kidnap victims? There are more things that meet the eyes in this fatal clash and the possibility of a spy disguised as a government “asset” is existing inside our military circle in Southern Philippines.

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The Philippine government has already lost scores of precious lives of our soldiers and policemen, not only on these two latest incidents but even in the past, soldiers, marines, policemen. scores of them died mercilessly under the hands of terrorists and the dismay of many, the reasons for their deaths are all similar, “to implement a lawful order or mission” or “hot pursuit of criminals and quash a rebellion”. Why not once and for all implement  an operation to end this senseless peace disturbance? A retired Marine General and friend of Table Talk once said “ it is better for the government to bleed plenty in one day than bleed little by little everyday”. Any military tactician will know what he is trying to emphasize. Anyway, the innocent and the helpless should have more “Human Rights” than those who already violated the rights of others to peacefully exist.

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Scoop: The best military and police general is one who believes that “offense is the best defense” and forget the Paris Treaty on the “Convention of War”. To totally adhere to it, does not make a country peaceful and prosperous. Look at Communist China and Socialist Russia, they don’t totally believe in International Law if it infringe their rights as a sovereign nation. The truth is, there is no so-called “International Jail” where to incarcerate violators of International Law. World public oOpinion as the punishment for violations of International Law, is only perception. When you are a mighty, strong and wealthy nation, nobody will stand on your way. Agree or disagree, purely my opinion.