Why saying sorry is not necessary.

None more tragic than fall of the troopers in Masasapano. I wondered, too, why the President didn’t show up at the Villamor airbaise, to receive the fallen SAF. But the President’s actuation and speeches showed how he felt, He was also shocked, at a loss as to what went wrong, As commander-in-chief, he had to assess what happened. And lest he gives faulty answers to the families and to the people, he made sure he knew what led to the demise of the forty-four troopers. Now we know there was disobedience, and perhaps complacence on the part of the support SAF, because they rejoiced too early, as the Ground Commander already received congratulations. Sigh. The President, more than any of us, lamented at the death of his men, and he said he would carry this earth-shaking tragedy to his grave. He had reached out to the families, to help them in any way, if that is the only way he could somehow lessen the grief of the widows, the children, the parents, the siblings, the families of the valiant forty-four. Actions speak louder than words, The President has humbly accepted all tirades, including curses on his person. What else do the critics want. Sorry? Oh no. Saying sorry is not appropriate. The President stretched his “pakikiramay” more than that word sorry. He deeply took being father of his land to heart and soul, In silence, he grieved.

By way of response to a GMA news clip.


Truth be told, it doesn’t have to come to this. Senator Grace Poe’s Committee Report is frustrating, because it pertains to a statement that the President is ultimately responsible. No, he is not. There is a difference between being responsible and ultimately responsible. Check the dictionary, Senator Grace. The President has acknowledged that he is responsible. Ultimately, the report could have concluded that the SAF erred, with regards execution. And the Ground Commander could have been rejoicing already, having taken the terrorist down, Sayang, Senator Grace, your conclusion satisfies a clamor but not the truth. And may I take this opportunity to give an unsolicited advice, do not pursue the presidency yet, you can’t hear well with the deafening noise, that you fail to see clearly, As to the people, we have become bullies, bashing with foul language, prone to revelry, to put blame on another. Look what we’ve done because of our crab thinking, we have failed to honor fully those who sacrificed their lives. And the ‘has been’ who had corrupted this country has resurfaced, taking advantage of the situation. Sigh.

The media and the Masasapano Report, a reaction.

  • Eileen Leyva It is reports like this that is really disturbing. The media were able to take a peek, but have not read the report in its entirety, and for the benefit of putting up a news, there is a “should have” line that puts the President to blame. It is that elusive peace in Mindanao that grips the nation now, and we have to resolve the conflict with our brothers down south,. But if the media continues to malign a President, which takes our view from the conflict, how can we achieve the peace we all want? The Mamasapano story is a very, very sad story. But it happened, and we grieved for the valiant forty-four commandos who courageously fought and faced death, there is no question in their heroism, But do we honor them by playing blame game? No, we don’t. If I have to state my sixty peso point of view, the Mission Exodus is a brilliant plan, the gallant Special Action Force went there to serve warrant of arrest to two international terrorists,. But of course, the gravity of that serving the warrant entails hostile forces, thus the commandos knew that death awaits, Every soldier and every police knows that, and the families of the men in uniform know that when their loved one sets off on a mission each morning, the possibility of them not coming back alive is very true. Did the SAF succeed? Yes. They killed the terrorist Marwan. And wounded the other one. One would argue that forty-four dead is too high a price, Of course, we don’t see forty-four flag-draped caskets every day, That was why even the President was shocked and shaken, and was ill-advised not to receive the dead at Villamor airbase. He should have, because as President, he must be first in line in saluting his fallen men. Does that mean he must be held accountable for the deaths? No. Dying is a part and parcel of a uniformed man’s story. The tragedy is in the outcome, because everyone is too noisy, especially the commentators who do not know what they are saying, because for the most part, they were speculating, Pending the report, stop the negativism. If Ground Commander Napenas erred in his execution of the plan, may we find it in our hearts to forgive, Who are we not to? All of us commits mistakes, blatant ones, for that matter. But our being humans ensues actually in our kindness, and when we look back at our young heroes, we know that we are better human beings because of them. Let us not spoil this moment of their valor. We might be grieving still, and forever will, but this is their moment of glory. To the media, please put their stories in your front pages, so we can relive their lives and give thanks,
    • Emmanuel Faustino Sorry but the stand down order of the reinforcement given by the president is unacceptable plus 3 times of his interviews shows his lying..specially the binola ako ni napenas..wake up dont be blinded by an incompetent leader
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    • Eileen Leyva Emmanuel Faurstino, it is unacceptable, not an acceptable,
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    • Eileen Leyva No thanks, Emmanuel Faustino? See, we all commit mistakes.
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    • Freeman Alix Your a good writter maybe a blogger too, you have good idea too but lacking a good motivational factor that we should be convinced to believe you what you are talking about, your saying saf44 are heroes but stating to us that pnoy has nothing to do with it, doesnt make sense at all…
    • Eileen Leyva Thank you, Freeman Alix, for appreciating my writing, What I am saying about the heroism is that these magnificent forty-four were prepared to die, for God and country, and for the people, and their families. Armed missions always entail danger, defeat, death. Happy endings only happen in the movies. The SAF 44 knew they would die, and they faced it, fighting to their last breath. We call that VALOR. Ask any gallant soldier or police, like General Espino, I heard him say he would have wished he was among the dead, because that would mean he has given his very life for this country, Now, there might be a clamor for justice, because there are forty-four dead, and the natural course of things is to put the blame on somebody, That is not the case. Ask for justice? Justice has been served, by the blood of the valiant forty-four. The country is a little less terrorized. Our children and grandchildren a little safer. And all because of those forty-four young heroes. When freedom is lived by the blood of heroes, no enemy can penetrate those left behind. So why blame another? That would only be diminishing what they had sacrificed. I won’t let that happen, I hail them as I hail Greg del Pilar, the 23 year old hunk of a man who stood his ground on Biak na Bato, or Tirad Pass, because of him, we have our freedom.