Military strategy should not be based on the assumption that terrorists may consider ‘surrender’?

Trust Rappler to give air time to any content that works towards painting a beaten enemy of the Opposition’s favourite bogeyman — the Philippine military — as victims of yet another “human rights” travesity. In the “report” Overkill? Some locals question Marawi shelling (seemingly re-published from Al Jazeera), the devastation wreaked upon Marawi City is […]

Mae Paner a.k.a. Juana Change cannot win against the Philippine Army and Mocha Uson

The “debate” on whether it is right that the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) plans to sue shock “activist” Mae Paner (a.k.a. “Juana Change”) for disrespecting the uniform continues to rage. Paner donned a military costume as part of a “protest” spectacle she staged during the second State of the Nation Address delivered by […]

Here are the key points of the PNP BOI report on the massacre of 44 SAF officers in Mamasapano!

The final report of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Board of Inquiry (BOI) organised to investigate the 25th January 2015 massacre of 44 Special Action Force (SAF) police officers is now available and can be downloaded from the official PNP website here. The massacre transpired in the midst of the execution of “Oplan” Exodus which […]

Are Filipino soldiers too YELLOW to fight Islamic terrorists when given the order?

We will fight when called to fight. These are the only words we want to hear coming out of the mouths of our fighting men and women. But that’s not the way Armed Forces of the Philippines Chief of Staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Jr sees it, however. In an interview with “social news network” […]

Changed situation in Golan Heights renders UN peacekeeping mission there irrelevant

It seems the real question that needs to be asked with regard to the role of Filipino troops deployed to United Nations peacekeeping missions in the Middle East is this: Is it our war? As the term “peacekeeper” implies, UN “peacekeeping” missions protect peace within their respective areas of responsibility. When there is no longer […]

Retired General Jovito Palparan is a Filipino soldier

The case of retired General Jovito Palparan who had recently been arrested on charges of grave human rights abuses against activists is an interesting one. On one hand, here is a highly-decorated officer admired by his comrades in the Philippine military for his consistent zeal in the battlefield and singular focus on crushing the enemy […]