Marine general on Mamasapano tragedy: 'Soldiers offer their precious lives but do not complain’
Major General Alexander Balutan of the Navy Inspector General posted on Facebook a statement on the death of soldiers, following the motion to reopen the Mamasapano case.
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“Several Marines or soldiers offered their precious lives yet they did not complain, no cry for justice, fringe benefits nor blame anyone. We solemnly buried our dead heroes and consoled the many wounded, wiped our tears and fought again.”
He also cited some of the battles and challenges that were faced by the Marine’s, such as the fall of Camp Abubakar in Maguindanao, the capture of Camp Bilal in Lanao del Norte, the assult in Camp Rajahmuda Complex in North Cotabato, and the national elections in Lanao del Sur in May 2004.
“For we know well the meaning of our sacred oath for sake of our Motherland,” Balutan said.
The re-investigation of the botched Mamasapano operation was directed by Senator Juan Ponce Enrile, after saying that he has evidence that will ultimately prove that former President Benigno Aquino III’s was directly involved.
However, he was refuted by a netizen named Michael dela Cruz who said that the military and police shouldn’t be compared because each situation was different.
“Your soldiers were never left behind to die. Every available asset of the armed forces was given just to save them…and for the SAF, there was none. They died begging for reinforcement but nothing came.”
Furthermore, he said, “(The SAF) planned it in the first place and the AFP reinforcement was the least priority, lest of compromise, so the confusion. The warrior instinct is to win and survive his battles and we don’t worry about any political scenario, issues or betrayals when we go to war on our own."
Balutan then clarified that he had no axe to grind against SAF members, and that he sympathized with them. He said that the issue on SAF was being ‘sensationalized’ and ‘exploited.’
Marine general on Mamasapano tragedy: 'Soldiers offer their precious lives but do not complain’ Reviewed by Newsinfo Learn on January 28, 2017 Rating: