I HAVE no problem with probing PNoy’s liability for Mamasapano. But, no Prez is charged for any misjudgment or shortcoming, as differentiated from wrongdoing. Infallibility of judgment is not a qualification for Prez.
PNoy has admitted responsibility for Mamasapano but beyond that he answers only to his conscience and history.
JPE, Gringo, et al., with all their background tried to stage a coup in February 1986, which spectacularly failed, but they were saved and rescued by the people.
If Mamasapano would be reopened, the thorough-going report should make it clear who was responsible for killing Sara, the five-year-old Muslim girl. It would not do to say “why bother, siya ay Muslim lamang.” Who was responsible for killing that farmer, with his eyes gouged out? In short, it should not be Mamasapano 44 but Mamasapano 45, Mamasapano 46, and so on. Muslim lives matter.
I found incredible Tempo’s headline the other day ENRILE WANTS AQUINO JAILED. Was there talk of Roosevelt being jailed for Pearl Harbor and Bataan, Kennedy for Bay of Pigs, Clinton for Black Hawk Down, Dubya Bush for Iraq? They answer to their conscience and to history.
Why not accentuate the positive? Mamasapano resulted in taking out terrorist Marwan, responsible for hundreds of deaths. That was the intent of Operation Wolverine, Exodus or whatever. The glass was at least half-full. Look at the dough, not the hole, in the donut. A Prez may authorize an operation but once it begins we have to rely on the judgment of the warriors and their commanders in the ground. It’s not a parlor video game.
Terrorist Marwan should be in some Hall of Shame, like Osama Bin Laden.
Here, we see the latest batch of sports Hall of Famers, as announced the other day by the Philippine Sports Commission. Kudos to the deserving awardees. How I wish there could be some way we could include Victoria Manalo Dravis there, the Fil-Brit who won two Olympic diving golds in the London Olympics in 1948. Victoria na, Manalo pa! Her musikero father, Teofilo, was from Orani, Bataan where she made a sentimental journey home more than a decade ago, to connect with her roots, to popular acclaim. Fiesta for longer than a day. Last I could travel to the US three years ago, I made a point of visiting the two-acre Victoria Manalo Dravis Park in downtown San Fran.
In the 40’s racial discrimination was rife in the US. It was only in 1967 when white Americans could marry non-whites. A black man won in Loving v. Virginia in the US Supreme Court, which OK’d inter-racial unions.
It used to be blacks were regarded as chattels by the same Court (Dred Scott, 1857), which later said, separate but equal (Plessy v. Ferguson, 1896), and today, equal, with no more segregation. Memories abound of Negroes saying “yessa, massa, I gon be a gud nigra,” in the plantations in the South. We were such a plantation before the Kanos left after the Senate vote in 1991, ending centuries of presence of foreign soldiers — and now, back again because of the unfortunate 10-4-1 Edca ruling.
As a student, I never heard of the Balangiga Massacre, where Gen. Jacob Smith ordered any male above ten killed, with no prisoners taken, and Samar turned into “a howling wilderness.” Anywhere from 2,500 to 50,000 Pinoys were killed. Court-martialed, Smith was simply admonished and later discharged from the service.
Almost a thousand Muslims warriors, women and children were massacred in Mr. Bud Dajo in 1906 by troops commanded by Gen. Leonard Wood.
We were not told about these atrocities as students. General Macario Sakay, we were told was a bandit and heard, “oy pagupit ka na, para kang si Sakay.” A nationalist hero, from where I sit, tricked by the Kanos into surrendering on a false promise of parliamentary participation; he faced execution calmly, and cried for independence, which the Supreme Court has just diminished, castrating the Senate in the process.
We do not have the guts of the Vietnamese, who defeated the French, the Kanos, and in 1979, in a border war, fended off the Chinese. 30,000 were killed, not only 44; daily, soldiers and cops get killed here in fighting the enemies of the state, but no Senate probe as to them, no benefits approximating what the 44 are getting thru their widows and orphans. But, they are not the only widows and orphans. Ordinary benefits, but no housing, no scholarships, etc., for non-Mamasapano casualties. If Manong JPE pushes thru with his reported intent to jail PNoy to get even, it would be a waste of legislative time and effort.
Take Cuba and its “Cuba si, Yanqui No” slogan. The US could not do anything to it in 55 years. JFK and the CIA tried, and failed spectacularly. If Vietnam can stand up to China and Cuba can stand up to the US, why can’t we, against and bully?
The Cubans and the Vietnamese have shown PUSO. Instead of Cuba Si, Yanqui No, what we seem to chant is “yessa, massa, I gon be a good niggah” in pining to revert America’s Last Plantation. Not enough Sakays.
In 1897, the winning rebels, led by Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, went to exile in Hongkong, and quarelled over money. On America’s word, Justice Marvic Leonen opened his blistering EDCA dissent with this quote from the movie, Heneral Luna, addressing Pedro Paterno, Felix Buencamino and Aguinaldo, on the American promise to recognize our independence: “Para kayong mga birhen na naniniwala sa pag-ibig ng isang puta.”
Frankly, I do not understand “birhen” in this context and a “puta” could be Mary Magdalene. But, I get the core of the message. China was our ally in WWII against the Japanese, which is now with us against China’s irredentism.
So I marched last June 12 and demoed in front of the Chinese and US Embassies.
On Sunday, January 31, morning, I intend to join Vietnamese studes rally in front of the Chinese Embassy.
Pinoy si! Yanqui no! Tsina, no!
MamasapaNO! Nothing new will come out – Grace Poe has pinned the blame on PNoy, who has answered – unless we invite the innocent Muslim victims, to complete the sorry story. Else, what’s the point?
Never again! As Senator Enrile entitled his Explanation of Vote on September 16, 1991, when we finally ended the continuous presence of foreign troops for close to five centuries: “Finally, I am against this Treaty because its basic assumption is an insult to our race. I cannot live with a treaty that assumes that without 8,000 servicemen and some passing warships, we shall fall flat on our faces. I cannot believe that the vitality of this country will be extinguished when the last bargirl in Olongapo turns off the light in the last cabaret.”
Never Again is not 25 years.
See you on January 31 in front of the Chinese Embassy.
See you also on Monday, January 25. While we sympathize with the Mamasapano 45, et al., there will be those of us who plan to be in Rockwell, 5/F on Monday, 5:30 pm, for the Mass to mark Prez Cory’s birth anniv. We will also pray for the 45, et al..