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,
      Like · 1 · 9 hrs
    • Eileen Leyva No thanks, Emmanuel Faustino? See, we all commit mistakes.
      Like · 1 · 9 hrs
    • 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.

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