First, I would like to extend my condolences to the families of the victims of this ambush. It never eases the pain but hopefully, God will mend the broken hearts of the families.
I came from a line of military men. My father, a retired Army. My tito, also from the Army, my tito Alfred, God rest him, a CAFGU member, another tito Alfred from Army and my lolo, God rest his soul, a retired Army too. I had plans of going to PMA to be a military officer but something happened along the way and it did not happened. But still, my respect and admiration for the AFP never ceased.
As of the moment, there are controversies in the AFP organization that is being investigated. But that is not why I am writing this blog.
41 members of the Army’s Special Forces vs 200 Abu Sayyaf and MILF engaged in a losing battle for the Army. The soldiers were overwhelmed. “We were only 40. There were more of them,” Balili, who was among the 11 wounded soldiers, said from a hospital bed in Zamboanga City. The attacked happened while the Army is trying to capture a suspect who is hiding in the Al-Barka town in MY province, Basilan.
When the smoke cleared, 12 soldiers lay dead, among them, three junior officers. Twelve other soldiers were wounded, one of whom would later die in a hospital, and 10 more were initially declared missing but an MILF official said six of the missing soldiers were found dead yesterday. I checked the news and there are a total of 19 Army Special Forces whose specialty is said to be in the water and underwater jobs. The rebels executed six of the eight elite Army soldiers they captured following Tuesday’s encounter.
In major military camps all over the country, flags flew at half-mast as the Armed Forces of the Philippines mourned the death of the 13 soldiers.
In an entry on its Facebook account, the AFP relayed its condolences to the families of the 13, saying their death “will not be in vain.”
“Team AFP extends its sincerest condolences to the families and loved ones left by 13 brave men who died in the Basilan encounter. Their death will not be in vain, as they have honorably served the country and the Filipinos. The AFP mourns with the family members with Flags in all major AFP camps in half-mast,” it said.
The President declared that he will use KAMAY NA BAKAL, or Iron Fist, but as it turned out, it will be used against the AFP?!
This is what it says on GMANews online, “On the other hand, the President expressed dissatisfaction with the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) over the incident and vowed to implement drastic reforms in the military.
“Ako hindi talaga natutuwa at gusto kong malaman ang puno’t dulo ng buong operasyon na ‘to… dapat talaga masiyasat kung ano ang dahilan na ganito ang naging resulta sa ating Sandatahang Lakas at iwasto natin,” he said.
He reiterated that he will meet with military and defense officials to discuss the matter.
“Magkakaroon kami ng command conference bukas [Friday] sa [Camp] Aguinaldo nang hapon para nga mag-report sila [tungkol] sa buong operations: ano ba ang pakay ng operasyon? Ano ba ‘yung plano? Maraming detalye na gusto kong talakayin sa kanila,” he said.
“At hihingan ko ng detalye ng pagwawasto na kanilang dapat ginawa na noon pa lang panahon na may trahedya sa Sulu sa mga Marines… ang laki ng pagbabagong dapat mangyari,” Aquino added.
The President also extended his condolences to the families of the victims.
“Nakikiramay tayo sa lahat ng mga pamilya na nawalan ng kanilang mga miyembro,” he said.
At least 19 soldiers, including four officers, were killed in the clash in Basilan last Tuesday.
Meanwhile, GMA News’ Raffy Tima reported on News To Go that all the 49 soldiers involved in the clash, including the fatalities, have been accounted for.
The MILF claimed that government troops strayed into rebel-held territory but the military denied the allegation”
GOODNESS! MILF is blaming the AFP while the AFP was just trying to do their job and EVEN THE PRESIDENT BLAMES THEM?! I can’t believe it.
What kind of government do we have?!
i have also checked YouTube and found this video. i would like to use this as tribute to the soldiers who died.
One By One
Underneath the desert sun
They bid my brother’s blood to run
Many miles away
Hell has come today
Fire raining from the sky
See the face of fear
Asking one last time
Let me get home safe
Before it’s too late
ONE BY ONE
THE BRAVE WILL FALL
LIFE IS LOST AGAIN
THEY GAVE IT ALL
Deep within the castle walls
So many grievous
Few with souls
Ode to memories
This sacrifice of flesh and blood
For a promised land that may not be won
Let us not forget the hero laid to rest
And they gave it all
A price we can’t ignore
Is there hope in what they’re dying for?
For every hero born
From every family torn
We will honor you forever more