Filipino soldiers get no respect and support from Liberal Party and anti-Martial Law ‘activists’

Warriors off to battle the enemy get no support from Manila’s hipsters.
(Source: Inquirer.net)

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s proclamation of Martial Law over the entire Mindanao region following the military operation in Marawi City that resulted in protracted battle with the Maute terrorists has given members of the Liberal Party and anti-Martial Law advocates reason to make more noise. When before they were simply nit-picking on his tirades, now they think they are justified in calling him a dictator. Never mind that Congress and the Judiciary are still functioning and never mind that the fact that they can still make noise and complain about Duterte already proves that the country is not under a dictatorship.

Frankly, a lot of so-called anti-Martial Law activists are going too far. They used to be just lame, but now some of them are saying things that could potentially crush the morale of members of the military. The military is already fighting violent terrorists in Mindanao, but they still get a bad rap from activists who do nothing but talk about the horrors of Martial Law during the Marcos years. They equate Martial Law with abuse and violence. It’s as if they do not trust the members of the military to do the honourable thing.

It’s bad enough that the Philippine military doesn’t have the right equipment and technology to carry out their mission in keeping the country safe, it’s worse when they don’t have the support of the civilians they are supposedly trying to protect. Just today, 13 more marines were killed trying to secure villages in Marawi. Sadly, we can hardly expect any sympathy from anti-Martial Law activists since they seem to sympathise more with the terrorists and want to make sure the latter are getting their “human rights” respected.

As of this writing, there has been no report of human rights abuses committed by the military so far. So we can be forgiven for saying that some anti-Martial Law activists are being irrational in their fear. If their only basis are the human rights abuses during the Marcos years, then it only means there is a lack of trust in Philippine society in general. If they think that the military’s behaviour hasn’t changed even with the new breed of soldiers under new leadership, then that says a lot about us as Filipinos. If after more than 30 years, anti-Martial Law activists still cannot move on from the Marcos years, then it means the leaders who took over after Marcos failed to instil the right attitude and principles that would earn members of the military respect from civilians.

What the soldiers are doing is not for the faint-hearted. A regular person would not be able to go out and face the possibility of death head-on. The soldiers also have to sleep anywhere under extreme weather conditions with little food supply.  The anti-Martial Law activists meanwhile, are insulting the bravery of these soldiers while in the comfort of their homes. They may be against Martial Law, but anti-Martial Law activists should learn to separate their hatred for the abuses committed in the past from what the soldiers are trying to achieve at present, which is to contain the spread of terrorism.

Some of the anti-Martial Law advocates justify their fear and loathing by saying that they experienced the abuses and violence first-hand during the Martial Law years. Do they have to experience the kind of abuses and violence perpetuated by terrorists affiliated with ISIS to support Duterte’s Martial Law today? One would think that the horror stories coming out from countries like Libya and Syria – countries that have strong ISIS presence – would be enough for all Filipinos to support Duterte’s efforts to crush the Maute group swiftly.  

Yes, there are members of military who abuse their power, but between the military and terrorist groups, it’s a no-brainer, Filipinos should support the former.

Unfortunately, there are even lawmakers who seek a Supreme Court ruling to nullify Martial Law despite being presented with strong evidence that the Maute group had been planning to capture key cities in Mindanao for some time. The military even presented evidence that the terrorist group had millions in cash, cheques and a stockpile of ammunition to carry out their plan. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana also confirmed “that martial law is imperative to once and for all address security concerns in the entire Mindanao immediately and decisively.” But of course some lawmakers like Senator Antonio Trillanes would rather pretend not to hear that. They are still adamant that Martial Law is not necessary. As a former soldier, he doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge the urgency of the situation. It seems he only cares about contradicting Duterte’s decision.

Someone has to put an end to the nonsensical reasoning of the Liberal Party and anti-Martial Law activists. They are making it harder for the government to do its job. Duterte is already fighting drug lords and terrorists with very limited resources. Now he has to deal with political opponents who just want to grab power.  This tug of war between politicians amidst the criminal activities going on in the underworld will ensure the Philippines will remain backwards for decades.

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marius
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I can’t speak for any of the ‘hipsters’, but my objection to Martial Law is PRECISELY that brave soldiers are being killed. Remember ‘lions led by donkeys’ from WW1? That’s what we’ve got here. I know a couple of guys in the military, including one high up the food chain. Good men, all of them. I’d trust them with my life. The problem is, the Philippine army is all volunteers. At the officer level it’s the usual story: an excuse to skim off the cream, and at the grunt level it’s an excuse for an “iron rice bowl”. The good… Read more »
23Hyden007Toro999898.999
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Martial Law in Mindanao is necessary. There is already an open rebellion in Mindanao. Maute/ISIS group has taken over Marawi City. Those who complain Martial Law; should go and live in Syria or Lybia or Iraq; where ISIS , has imposed Sharia Law. Women will be sold as sex slaves…they will have no right, some sort of sub-human, since they are not Muslims. Their heads will be chopped off, for crimes, they committed. They have to abide to the Sharia Law, with or without their consent. Women will be properties of their husbands. They cannot go out without male escort.… Read more »
marius
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Ilda: you can’t be serious. Are you? Surely the two main prerequisites of implementing Martial Law are: 1) A functioning military and 2) A functioning legal system Hence the words “Martial” and “Law”. As I remarked to Benign0, if you don’t have those things, you don’t have Martial Law. What you have is a third-world shambles. Or are you suggesting that this is just another standard Filipino exercise – all show and no substance – and that’s just a-OK? As long as we PRETEND to be doing something it doesn’t matter if we actually achieve the desired result? Do you… Read more »
67Toro007Hyden5678.99
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67Toro007Hyden5678.99

We salute the gallantry of all Filipino soldiers, in their fight against the Maute/ISIS rebels. Your sacrifice for the country, will always be remembered. You will always be honored and not forgotten by future generations of Filipinos.

We are all indebted to you…

marius
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>> Opposing futile actions for the wrong reasons is such a terrible sin.
Sorry, typo. Should read NOT such a terrible sin. Why don’t we have an edit button?

marius
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Hyden: Filipinos have been ‘sacrificing’ for 70 years and look where it’s got them. Correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t the army supposed to be sacrificing the terrorists?

24Toro007Hyden78699.99
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24Toro007Hyden78699.99

We salute all Filipino soldiers, for their sacrifices !

Robert Haighton
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Marius,
I am totally behind you. Havent we seen this before? With the so-called “elite” corps where 44 were killed instantly (SAF44). I really get the notion that I dont feel protected under the watch of any PH soldier.
Lets give them some really professional training and some real guns, not toys.

So, now 13 are killed bec they didnt get the support from the home crowd? Doesnt look very professional to me at all.

salagintong bukid
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the truth is: martial law is the enemy of communism and the islamic terrorism in Mindanao….period. and who are the victims of martial law during marcos times? isn’t it all of them communist? check the list it’s all communist.

marius
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@Ilda: you’re splitting hairs. The SAF are a quasi-military branch of the police, similar to the Italian Carabinieri. They’re heavily armed and trained to the same level of combat readiness as the actual military (their training is probably superior to the military proper). As far as I know, many of them are selected from the armed forces. In other countries, their equivalent IS a unit of the Armed Forces. The fact remains that the Mamasapano operation completely underestimated the nature of the enemy and exposed the SAF44 to unacceptable risk with no apparent contingency for backup firepower. You can blame… Read more »
AUSSIE DIGGER
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SUPPORT Your PRESIDENT DUTERTE, there is NONE BETTER, LOVE To have him as a LEADER in AUSTRALIA

marius
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@Ilda: My point is the same one I made to Benign0: doing something is not the same thing as doing something useful. Sending in the army is a last resort. It’s a typical Filipino “oooh the sky is falling the sky is falling” crisis intervention. it’s happening because the country hasn’t even pretended to maintain law and order since the Americans left in the 60s. In other words, there wouldn’t BE a crisis if Filipinos hadn’t let their country fall to pieces for 50 years. Now, admittedly, we are where we are, and it has to be dealt with. But… Read more »
The Islander
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Considering that we usually worry about Islamic Terrorists reaching our area and either do what they do best or peddle their bullshit to the kids ther and Communist Rebels robbing our farmers and committing highway robberies to fund their “revolution”, we already expected this to happen. The Yellowtards and the Leftist shills can screech like a bunch of autists for all I care because what’s the point of freedom when there’s no order left. These assholes never tried living in Mindanao or lived too long in Manila that they forgot how bad things are in that island. If having peace… Read more »
marius
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>> Again, the article is pointing out the lack of respect and support for the military from some sectors at a time when they need it the most. Yes, I get that. And I already answered you: 1) They are not facing “disrespect”. Only in the Philippines is expecting someone to do their job with 100% professional integrity called “disrespect”. 2) Whether the public supports them or not depends a great deal on whether they are successful. If they are doomed to fail from the start, they can’t realistically expect much support. My long-winded detour was an attempt to elaborate… Read more »
Guest
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Trillanes and the people who act like him taking a blind eye or not. There was no such opposition with the former president Benigno Aquino. I can’t help but connect the dots, when Marcos was ousted, the anti-Marcos became in power. Hunger, corruption grew and the media and books all blamed Marcos for “stealing” that’s why their country is “poor”. The mass had no idea those who ousted Marcos were actually the thieves of this country. Propaganda left and right have made the average Filipino think Martial Law equates to the wrongdoing of Marcos, they were brainwashed, they don’t even… Read more »
marius
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>> The article is talking about members of LP and anti-martial law activists who are against Duterte’s Martial Law because they fear military abuse like in the past. Yeah, I know. Clearly you didn’t read any of my response. I’ll try again in sentences short enough for the Twitter generation: 1) You have zero evidence for your belief that THIS time it’s all going to work out wonderfully … except, apparently, you believe you can predict the future. For the rest of us, the best reference we have is the PAST and the PRESENT. And as we all know: –… Read more »
4DSakeOfDCountry
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Hay naku, makitid talaga mga kokote ng mga yan at ang isa diyang dayuhang nagmamarunong na di naman nakatira/tumira sa Pilipinas.

Nandito lang ang mga yan para mang-uto, manlinlang, manira, magpropaganda, magsabotahe, atbp. gawain para kumontra sa gobyerno lalo pa kung tinitira ang partidong nagpabagsak sa Pilipinas sa 3 dekadang paghawak nito at ginagawa ang lahat para pabagsakin ang gobyerno para hindi mahalungkat kalokohang pinaggagawa nila sa bansa.

Di niyo na maloloko mga Pilipino ngayon maliban nalang sa mga Elitista, Bayaran, Oligarchs, o kamag-anakan ng mga salot sa bansa.

marius
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I’m trying to get a handle on the Rules Of Debate according to Ilda. So far I’ve got: 1) Respondents may not point out, or ask for clarification about, any corollary of the author’ s position. Such corollaries will be denied without logical refutation. 2) Any facts that contradict the author’s position will be considered outside the scope of the topic. 3) Any logical arguments which shed doubt on the author’s rationale will be regarded as arrogance. 4) Pointing out logical fallacies in the author’s reasoning (eg., an argument advanced for the wrong reasons is necessarily invalid) is off-topic. Did… Read more »
d_forsaken
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The first virtue in a soldier is endurance of fatigue; courage is only the second virtue. The soldier above all others prays for peace, for it is the soldier who must suffer and bear the deepest wounds and scars of war. Soldiers, when committed to a task, can’t compromise. It’s unrelenting devotion to the standards of duty and courage, absolute loyalty to others, not letting the task go until it’s been done. To be a soldier one needs that special gene, that extra something, that enables a person to jump into one on one combat, something, after all, that is… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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d_forsaken,
“A professional soldier”
Does the Philippines also recruit amateur soldiers?

I could and can write an exact comment when it concerns engineers, accountants, nurses, teachers. Being a soldier is just a job. Do it excellently, like any other job on this planet. No need to write a piece of shit proza about being a soldier.

salagintong bukid
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this coming 119th Philippines Independence Day is in honor of the late president Marcos. He is the one who gave us independence from the tyranny of the yellow dynasty’s greed and betrayals which droved us pilipinos to poverty and miserable living. yeah, it’s us who’s worth living for.

salagintong bukid
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i want to see how the yellowtards, the communist, and the islamic terrorist respond to president Duterte’s Independence Day message to the Pilipinos.

benign0
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Did I miss anything? It’s worth getting this straight, so that next time we can all just post “That’s right! Damn Liberals and anti-Martial Law activists! It’s all their fault!”. Then we can all sit around patting each other on the back, confident that the country’s problems will be solved if only it were free of Liberals and anti-Martial Law activists. Oh, and terrorists, but of course the AFP will sort that out real soon, as long as we don’t crush their morale. If they fail, it’ll be because someone crushed their morale. We’re looking at YOU, Liberals! [Link to… Read more »
marius
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>> That’s because you quibble at every little detail and, as a result, lose sight of the bigger context. Funnily enough, that was exactly the accusation I leveled at Ilda. While she quibbles over whether the SAF are a military force or a police force, the whole picture is bigger than whether the “Liberals” are wrong or right. Martial Law is the Philippine’s last opportunity to do the right thing. If this fails then the country is going to descend into a decade of civil war and misery. Political allegiances have lost all relevance. >> your assetion that we “have… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Marius, I think that Duterte made at least one big mistake. He probably thought that “what I did in Davao, i can also do in the entire Philippines”. But he underestimated the forces that plays in the country (in any and every country). He probably also thought that by attacking the drugs scene, he would get a lot of praisal. Thirdly, by becoming president by only getting 39% all the votes is also not in/to his benefit. The mandate is simply too small. Give me one country that is 100% united behind one president? America? No. Great Britain? No. France?… Read more »
benign0
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By your logic, there is no basis for asserting Martial Law will not work either, much more result in the country “descend[ing] into a decade of civil war and misery”. You seem to be trapped in a binary approach to evaluating the arguments; i.e., whether one path will (1) work or (2) not work; as if you are testing whether a circuit config will result in a light bulb going on or remaining off. That’s called oversimplification. Of course that approach is really all you have when you are quibbling within the frame of a single article and not the… Read more »
marius
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>> That’s called oversimplification. No, benign0, it’s called working through the possible outcomes, discussing strategy, or planning, something which Filipinos in general seem extraordinarily bad at. >> no basis for asserting Martial Law will not work either. Nonsense. We’re not flipping a coin here. Or do you perhaps believe that IS what we have here – a pure “hey, let’s try this and see what happens!” scenario? There is EVERY reason to suppose it won’t work, as I already explained at length to Ilda (and which she dismissed as ‘irrelevant’ or ‘off topic’. Historical reasons; lessons from other countries; cultural… Read more »
Robert Haighton
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Marius,
Every problem needs to be looked at from every angle. And that is something Duterte is not doing. He only approaches it from one angle. Kill those drug users. And then he thinks the problem will go away and is solved. Maybe that worked in Davao where he had no opposition bec he probably behaved like a tyran and dictator.
Governing an entire country is a diffeerent ball game.

marius
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@Benign0: just to be absolutely clear here: Martial Law DOES have only two possible outcomes:

1) it can make things objectively worse, or
2) it can make things objectively better.

I would have thought this is incredibly obvious, but perhaps you think there is a third possibility?

benign0
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@Benign0: just to be absolutely clear here: Martial Law DOES have only two possible outcomes: 1) it can make things objectively worse, or 2) it can make things objectively better. I would have thought this is incredibly obvious, but perhaps you think there is a third possibility? Nope. That’s your binary thinking at work again. There is a continuum of outcomes in between the two with the mid-point being one of having no effect on the collective wellbeing of Filipinos. See, it depends on how big a contributor Martial Law really is on this collective wellbeing. And that is what… Read more »
marius
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>> with the mid-point being one of having no effect on the collective wellbeing of Filipinos. Ah, I kind of expected that response. And why would you want to indulge in something that has NO EFFECT? I mean, I see Filipinos doing this all the time. They seem to spend the majority of their lives doing things that have no effect. But again: why would you want to do it? It is perhaps FEAR OF SUCCESS that forces Filipinos into solutions that are quixotic at best, and self-destructive at worst? Honestly, though, the idea of a civil war having “no… Read more »
benign0
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And why would you want to indulge in something that has NO EFFECT? I mean, I see Filipinos doing this all the time.

Precisely the reason why I take issue with all the hooha over Martial Law these “activist” keep stirring.

marius
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Benign0: that response makes no sense at all. You just evaded the question.

Propaganda Boy
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At least Nacionalista will support Filipino Soldiers. We wanted was conservative nationalism OR national conservatism, not liberalism.

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