Monday, February 25, 2008

Jailed soldiers join call: Break command chain

Definitely, upang kahit paano ma-ensure lang ang peaceful at non-violence struggle for truth at accountability, sa ayaw man natin o sa gusto, kailangan ng "communal action" ang papel ng kasundaluhan, lalong-lalo na ang hanay ng patriotic at propesyunal na mga JUNIOR OFFICERS.
SHOW OF FORCE. Top military and police officials led by Armed Forces chief General Hermogenes Esperson (3rd, R) and police Director General Avelino Razon (2nd, R) link arms as they march outside Camp Aguinaldo; AFP )
Alam nating hindi basta-basta magre-resign, bibitaw sa kapangyarihan ang Ate Glo ng ganun-ganon na lamang, ng walang resbakan o labanan. Gagawa't gagawa ito ng alingasngas (pamunuan ng military-PNP, Arroyo's army at goons), panggugulo, pananabotahe, asasinasyon, terorismo, matiyak lamang na 'di mapo-prosecute (kinahinatn ni Marcos at Erap) ang pamilyang Arroyo sa kapahamakan. Kung baga sa isang ahas, kung malalagay at masusukol, manunuklaw ito, magwawala at magsasaboy ng venum. - Doy

Enrile to GMA: Give up power, you’re dead;


By Nikko Dizon
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 01:52:00 02/24/2008

MANILA, Philippines -- He had the right credentials, the right connections. He could have gotten where he wanted to go on his career path. But Brig. Gen. Danilo Lim, 52, one of the youngest and brightest officers to gain star rank, had some other guiding light to follow that led to his sacking as commander of the elite First Scout Ranger Regiment and his landing in jail in February 2006.

Lim had allegedly sought the military’s withdrawal of support from President Macapagal-Arroyo in the midst of calls for her resignation on a charge she had rigged the 2004 elections with the help of some generals—an accusation she has denied.

As the President grapples yet again with another scandal, this time involving allegations of bribery in the scuttled $329-million broadband deal that implicated her husband and has triggered calls for her to step aside, Lim has once again joined a call to soldiers to “break the chain of command.”

From his jail cell, Lim signed a manifesto declaring that the AFP had lost its moral authority as protectors of the people. This followed claims by whistle-blower Rodolfo Noel Lozada Jr. that he was abducted by soldiers on his return from Hong Kong on Feb. 5 as part of an elaborate MalacaƱang plan to cover up its involvement in the broadband deal.

“The military has its own sworn duties,” Lim says during a break in court martial proceedings against him, Col. Ariel Querubin, Maj. Gen. Renato Miranda and 25 other officers and men in connection with the 2006 incident.

“The soldiers say ‘OK’ without question, but in the process of performing their sworn duties they also start asking questions when they see that the ideals that they have internalized sharply contrast with the morals and values they see in their institution,”
Lim says.
“We’re not parrots. A parrot can mouth rhetoric and it can articulate. But I want to articulate and internalize,” says Lim.

Being out of the barracks is a familiar role that Lim, a graduate of the Philippine Military Academy and the US Military Academy at West Point, has played time and again.
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