POLITICAL leaders should be blamed for the recent debacle suffered by government security forces in recent engagements against the enemies of the state, a retired official of the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Wednesday.
The retired PNP official, Frank Villaroman said in his Facebook account that the death and wounding of soldiers and policemen should not be blamed for their debacle against communist rebels and militant extremist.
“The political leaders in our country should be blamed for the continued upsurge of insurgency due to the root causes of unrest brought about by their failure address the economy,” Villaroman said in his Facebook account.
Villaroman was the former commander of Cagayan Valley Regional Police Office were eight police commandos were killed and seven others were wounded in rebel ambush last Monday.
The retired police official is also referring to the death of seven Marines and wounding of several others in an encounter with Abu Sayyaf (ASG) bandits during a ‘test mission’ in Patikul, Sulu over the weekend.
“Our Armed Services are at the mercy of our civilian leaders based on the Constitutional provision that civilian supremacy reigns over all the Armed Forces. Gone are the days when the battle-scarred generals run the show,” Villaroman said.
The retired PNP official added: “Partisan politics should not affect those who deserve to be in the higher echelon among our police and military leaders who know the battle ground and their mandate.”
He added that the upsurge of insurgency is also to be blamed for the government’s failure to address the issue on educational system, infrastructure, injustice, corruption, rural development and among others.
“The “Peoples’ War” must include the whole gamut of our government machinery to address the root and main causes of insurgency and not merely cutting the throat of the armed members ofthe CPP/NPA/NDF by the AFP/ PNP,” Villaroman said.
He added. “We have to destroy the Party apparatus and discourage new recruits from joining their ranks by giving them livelihood opportunities and we must create more jobs. Our economy must grow three folds and empower our citizenry,”
Meanwhile, two officials of the PNP Special Action Force (SAF) have been relieved from their post following the deadly rebel ambush last Monday in Allacapan, Cagayan province.
The relieved officials are Supt. Nestor Lobos, commander of the SAF’s 2nd Special Action Battalion and Senior Insp. Ronnie Albino, the commander of the 24th Special Action Company.