I read with interest Ramon J. Farolan’s Nov. 17 column (“The Soldier”). Farolan cited soldiers who perished in defense of the State, and asked readers to keep in mind their important role in society. I was particularly touched by the poem written by Charles Michael Province, founder and president of the George S. Patton Jr. […]
By Ramon Farolan
Earlier this month, six soldiers including a newly-minted second lieutenant belonging to PMA Class 2014, were ambushed by Abu Sayyaf elements in Basilan.
As analogies go, it was a rather head-scratching one. Reacting to the news that six soldiers on a mission in Basilan to secure an ongoing road project had been ambushed by the Abu Sayyaf, the Armed Forces chief of staff, Gen. Gregorio Catapang Jr., was quoted as saying: “It’s like a Harry Potter movie na it’s a never-ending story. The soldiers are ambushed so they lose the upper hand, so I want an honest-to-goodness assessment so that history will not keep repeating itself.”
By MANUEL F. ALMARIO
The “criminalization” of the Philippine National Police—hopefully not totally but enough to alarm our society—should oblige us to revisit the system of having only “one police force, national in scope,” as ordained by our 1987 Constitution.
I am among those who followed the case of dismissed Philippine Military Academy (PMA) cadet Aldrin Jeff Cudia. In my humble opinion, constructive punishment would have been the more appropriate penalty for Cudia.