• ‘Mamasapano clash should not stop peace’


    SILANG, Cavite: Let not peace be a casualty of the Mamasapano tragedy.

    This was the appeal made on Thursday by Inspector Dennis Yuson Jr., this year’s topnotcher at the Philippine National Police Academy (PNPA) in his valedictory speech.

    Yuson Jr. admitted that the deadly clash that claimed the lives of 44 elite police troopers challenged their will to continue their path as policemen.

    Six of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao province were PNPA graduates, including the class baron on class 2009 Chief Inspector John Gary Erana.

    But Yuson said the botched police operation does not deter them from serving the country.

    “Malapit man sa peligro, hindi takot ang nanaig sa amin kundi ang pag-aalab na magsisilbi sa bayan. Ang trahedyang ito ay hindi magiging hadlang sa hangaring makamit natin ang kapayapaan,” he said.

    The 23-year-old pointed out that resorting to violent means and armed conflict will not help the country in attaining peace.

    “Ito ay ipinaglalaban ngunit hindi sa labanang armado bagkus isinusulong sa usaping pangkapayapaan,” he said.

    Although President Benigno Aquino 3rd was roundly criticized for his response to the Mamasapano debacle, Yuson said he looks up to Aquino as a model of integrity and outstanding public service.

    Before joining the police academy, Yuson, a son of a police inspector assigned in Sultan Kudarat, took up Education and graduated Magna Cum Laude.

    Aside from him, 245 cadets will be commissioned as police inspectors. Majority of the graduates will serve at the PNP while others will be assigned at the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and Bureau of Fire Protection.


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    1. Benny Canlas on

      Every young man would have heard the message at least a hundred times — choose your partners well. Be careful of undependable crowds, be careful of the anti-socials. Choose your partners well.
      The message is important as Pilipinas continues the efforts for peace in Mindanao. This path to peace has to be deliberate and well-thought out. Peace won’t be achieved via wishful thinking and peace definitely won’t be achieved if control of large chunks of Mindanao gets turned over to a group with sick anti-social symptoms. The current crop of leaders of the MILF — NO!! These MILF leaders can’t work with lumads, can’t work with MNLF and other Muslim tribes. Witness the MILF and their kamag-anak and partners the BIFF, turning to foreign bomb-makers for business and for comradeship. Seriously…. peace will come to Mindanao…. as gobyerno-Pilipinas quells the trouble-makers and as gobyerno-Pilipinas encourages other groups that are more progressive and demonstrate more solidarity with lumads, business groups and other tribes of Pilipinas.