Alleged failure of
military and PNP to protect civilians: an unfair statement
By Office of the Division Public Affairs, 8ID PA
December 26, 2009
Catbalogan, Samar – Failure of military and
PNP to protect civilians as quoted from Sen. Chiz Escudero’s
statement in his interview over the
ABS-CBN News Channel
(ANC) which was published as “Top Story” in a December 4-10 issue of
Bullhorn newspaper is an unfair sweeping statement.
Said statement was
aired relative to the issue of Maguindanao massacre wherein the
Ampatuans are accused of killing almost 60 people including some of
the local media practitioners.
carrier, “Military and PNP failed to protect civilians” in their early
December issue is misleading and irresponsible considering that Sen.
Escudero was only referring to Maguindanao.
The AFP as always is
focused on its mandated task of protecting the lives and even the
properties of the people. As professional organization, proofs were
already been noted in its various traditional and non-traditional role
of performing its mandate.
The incident in
Maguindanao could not be blamed against the
AFP. Although it was one of the most brutal election-related
atrocities ever recorded, it was an isolated instance that should not
be compared to other areas where peace is dominated thru the
AFP. Moreover, the incident is politically-motivated.
Sen. Escudero is right
when he said, “If you are not a soldier or personnel in uniform, you
have no business carrying a gun” because no civilian must possess any
kind of firearms without proper authority. The AFP is firm to
implement such especially to terrorist-infested areas.
In Eastern Visayas and
in other areas covered by the 8th Infantry Division, the Internal
Security Operations (ISO) is properly carried out. With the intensive
collaboration of other stakeholders, numbers of illegally armed
groups/rebels are notably decreasing due to the Army’s successful
implementation of its campaign against internal threats.
against the rebels and private armed groups that freed our local
settlers were successfully carried out by the Army for the past
years. This is manifested by the support spearheaded by the local
government and other peoples’ organizations who are contented with the
service of the 8ID troopers.
This resulted to the
downgrade of enemy’s guerilla fronts in
Samar provinces that declined the enemy’s affectation in the whole
region. Two more guerilla fronts are expected to downgrade for this
implementation of ISO in Central Visayas should be taken into
consideration. Cebuanos and Boholanos are now experiencing the result
of having insurgent-free provinces where development is really atop.
Luzon should also be
considered since the socio-economic zone from Metropolitan Manila is
now extended up to the provinces of CALABARZON and in Bulacan due to
degradation of terrorist rebels thru the success of the
AFP’s campaign. The
AFP is generally
winning the battle against the rebellious group for the sake of the
statement depicting the futility of the
AFP in its fight against the depressive group for the sake of
our people is no longer new. The
AFP’s name has always
been implicated in controversies in order to defame and destroy its
Although it cannot be
denied that while the
AFP is striving to bring forth the desired liberty of our people, there are
some who are disinterested to the real aspirations of the
AFP for their personal
interest. The AFP is firm with their mandate of protecting our people
for the benefit of the majority.