• SAF 44 deserve Medal of Valor


    We welcome the proposal of Philippine National Police chief Ricardo Marquez to review and revise the criteria for the grant of the PNP Medal of Valor award.

    Apparently, the PNP chief’s hands are tied in relation to the controversy over the cancellation of the awarding of the Medal of Valor to two members of the PNP Special Action Force who figured in the Mamasapano massacre on January 25.

    Marquez it is “unfortunate and unfair” if a policeman who deserves the highest honor is disqualified because of “obsolete” rules and parameters.

    It is indeed unfortunate that SAF commandos, particularly the SAF 44, are being denied the Medal of Valor despite successfully eliminating a notorious terrorist hosted by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.

    But it came with a great price because of the cowardice and treachery of those who calls the shots in the Palace.

    Now the Noynoy administration looks determined to reward the local Taliban with secessionist autonomy.

    Insensitive indeed!

    Hopefully, Marquez’s call will be heeded in due time.

    Congressmen finally went back to work after shamelessly abandoning their sworn duties for two weeks that turned the House of Representatives into a “ghost chamber” because of the absences of lawmakers.

    They had a good reason to show up on Monday as the House committee on appropriations set out to take up the proposed P3.002-trillion national budget for 2016.

    Kung di ba naman katakam-takam iyan, especially for those looking forward to next year’s elections.

    The House leaders are determined to pass the General Appropriations bill in time for the filing of certificates of candidacy (CoC) on Oct. 12 to 16 for the May 2016 elections.

    In fact, congressmen are reportedly willing to work overtime to hold budget hearings to get the whole thing done.

    Iba na talaga ang nagagawa ng pera.

    Noynoy Aquino’s bagman, Budget Secretary Butch Abad, said the proposed 2016 budget, which is 15.2 percent higher than the P2.606 trillion 2015 national budget, is a “blueprint for greater inclusive growth and reform expansion in the country.”

    I must agree that this con artist has a way with words.

    Unfortunately, much more Filipinos have been excluded in the “growth” that has made the wealthy few much wealthier in the past five years.

    Low standard of living has prevailed and so-called economic gains have not impacted the lives of millions of people.

    Hindi naramdaman, ika nga.

    That’s according to no less than former chief justice Reynato Puno, who said “spin doctors” from rival political camps have buried the truth about the dismal state of the nation.

    While every unborn Filipino already owes tens of thousands of pesos in national debt, massive leakages in the lump-sum discretionary funds, the government budget has ballooned in unbelievable proportions.

    House independent bloc leader and Leyte Rep. Ferdinand Martin Romualdez, along with Buhay party-list Rep. Lito Atienza, vowed to grill finance officials on the P424 billion lump-sum or discretionary funds that were allocated in 11 major line agencies under the P2.606-trillion 2015 General Appropriations Act.

    Romualdez and Atienza took the cue from former senator Panfilo Lacson who revealed the lumpsums.

    He said hundreds of billions of special purpose funds or lump sum appropriations could be included in the 2016 budget.

    “We call on the House leadership to look into the claim of Senator Lacson on the huge discretionary funds for the sake of regularity and transparency,” Romualdez said.

    Abad, the architect of the hideous Disbursement Acceleration Program, must be saying, “Ang lelang mong panot!”



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    1. Dylan G Dipasupil on

      SAF 44’s deed are so hyped in the media and politics, napipilitan tuloy ang PNP to accommodate the public clamor. Sana sumagot na lang ang PNP at AFP na hindi talaga nararapat ang Valor Medal para sa SAF44.

      Una, dahil ang Valor ay military award. Ang PNP ay civilian. Alam ng military ang implication ng medalyang ito not only materially, but more importantly sa prestige at morale nila. Remember the LTC Buan Medal of Valor na gusto ibigay ni PGMA pero kinwestion ng mga sundalo mismo.

      Ikalawa, ang alam ko, ang valor ay para sa unquestionable acts ng kabayanihan, hindi kapalpakan na muntik pa maalangan ang national interest.

      Pangatlo, ang gusto lang naman ng mga pamilya at publiko ay recognition at compensation. Puwede naman ibigay ito na hindi ma low morale ang militar.

      An alternative to this is to create another form of award gaya ng Congressional Medal of Honor. Puwede yan ipamudmod ng mga mambabatas at media sa lahat ng gusto nilang bigyan.

    2. The SAF 44 died for an operation they believed was good for the security of our country, the plan was led by no less than the President. In this operation they paid for their own lives and they deserve more than a medal of valor, this was part of a special armed forces operation to rid our country of wanted international muslim terrorists and protected by the MILF. The nation salutes their sacrifice and this bbl was the reason they were not rescued. So why is our governement backing the MILF for the bbl because they are known to protect international bomb terrorists?

    3. Yes Erwin, i agree with you that the SAF 44 deserves the medal for valor even its posthumous. WHY? gallantry in action and to me being an ex army man, beyond the call of duty. Billion of pesos budget for the secessionist autonomy? Why not give that money to the AFP to buy weapons especially there’s a threat from China?

    4. So long as this present sitting inutile president in malacanang is in power, the relatives and widows of the fallen SAF 44 will not receive the recognition they fully deserved. Because aside from the pyrrhic accomplishments of the troops in getting their target which peeved this inutile president no end, he was equally pissed by the actuations displayed by these relatives and widows when interviewed by the media which insinuated his callousness/insensitivity and incompetence coupled with foolishness and STUPIDITY….

    5. Jose A. Oliveros on

      As Commander-in-Chief of the PNP, PeNoy has the authority to waive the “obsolete” rules on the award of the Medalya ng Kagitingan to the 44 PNP-SAF commandos who were brutally massacred and their bodies desecrated by the combined MILF/BIFF rebels at Mamasapono. That is, if he wants to. But evidently, he does not even for a millisecond hear the words “Mamasapano” and “PNP-SAF.”