A very strange affair had happened in the Philippines. I think PNoy is really losing it. Being the Commander-in-Chief of the Philippines, you would think, it would be a priority for him to be on hand, doing his duty and obligation to those men under him, under his command, dead or alive. But apparently the remains of 42 policemen out of the 44 slained in Magindanao, were not enough to merit his presence. PNoy, the Commander-in-Chief, was nowhere to be seen nor to be found when the parade of flag covered coffins of the 42 policemen arrived in Villamor Air Base. Therefore, he did not see nor hear in person the wailing, the crying, the shock, the utter hopelessness of the bereaved.
To think that he seems to be available for weddings, film premieres, fiestas, and other vacuous and inane events, which only benefit a few. PNoy seems to attend even the opening of a letter for a deemed positive PR job :). As long as it is a gaiety and fun affair, full of celebrities, he is there. He even had time to personally escort Janet Napoles to a plush, air-conditioned cell in Camp Crame when she finally deigned to surrender!
By the way, PNoy was apparently on an engagement to open a new plant for Mitsubishi Motors Corporation in Laguna. Surely, it is a non-issue at all if PNoy cancelled this happy celebration? Everyone would have understood and expected him too.
In this instance, PNoy put MAMMON OVER MEN! A great shame!
It seems, PNoy does not do sad and bloody. He like happy, shiny, bright people. He likes yellow, he is yellow. He cannot stomach blood and gore. Poor Noynoy, he has such a delicate disposition! Remember when the policeman who went berserk and hijacked a bus carrying Chinese tourists near Luneta? PNoy was all chilled. It was not a priority for him. We all know how it turned out, don’t we.?!!! Some Filipinos in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan had to bare the brunt of the ire and disgust of the Chinese people. They feared for their lives and security.
It seems PNoy, is living inside a bubble. Did he not think of the recent event in Paris, the massacre of journalists, and the subsequent national and international outpouring of grief followng it?!!!
Je suis philippin en deuil
Most of these slained policemen were just young men. Son, husband, father, brother, uncles of somebody, please accept our prayers and condolences.
I felt really, really sad that life is cut short when there is really no need for it. Why is there a strife between Christians and Muslim when both originated from Abraham? Why would Filipinos kill Filipinos? Why can we just live together in peace and harmony?
30 January 2015
The Philippines is holding a day of mourning for 44 police commandos killed in a clash with Muslim rebels.
The bodies of those who died were returned to Manila on Thursday. They were honoured on Friday in a ceremony led by President Benigno Aquino.
The violence took place in the southern province of Maguindanao on Sunday.
Police seeking two terror suspects entered a village held by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (Milf).
The Milf signed a peace deal with the government last year to end years of fighting.
But the rebels say police did not liaise with them about the operation as required under the deal, leading to the accidental clash.
‘Peace at stake’All flags at government offices and military installations are being flown at half-mast on Friday to honour those who died, Philippine media say.
Mr Aquino paid tribute to the fallen officers by offering a prayer at each of their coffins and presented each family with a Medal of Valor, the highest military award given by the armed forces.
However, he was criticised by many Filipinos for not being present on Thursday as the officers’ bodies arrived in the capital. His office said he was not scheduled to appear at the Villamor Air Base for the arrivals.
On Wednesday, in a televised address to the nation, Mr Aquino said that the peace deal with the Milf must not collapse.
“If the peace process were derailed, how many more graves would we have to dig?” he said.
The rebels have agreed to end their fight in return for the establishment of an autonomous Muslim region.
Work is under way on a law to create this region and the president said it had to continue, amid calls from some lawmakers for a delay.
“The entire peace process is at stake with this law. If we fail to pass the law at the soonest possible time, the peace process will fail and the status quo will remain.”
Thousands of people have been killed over four decades of separatist fighting in the south of the country. The deal in March 2014 was seen as a breakthrough.
The two targets of the police operation were Zulkifli bin Hir, known as Marwan – a leading figure of Islamist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) – as well as suspected JI bomb-making expert Basit Usman, who is linked to a Milf splinter group that rejects the peace deal.
JI has links to al-Qaeda and wants an Islamic state across south-east Asia. It has a long track record of bomb attacks in Indonesia and elsewhere in the region.
Marwan, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list, is believed to have been in hiding in the southern Philippines for over a decade.
Police say Marwan was killed but this has not been confirmed. Both he and Basit Usman have been incorrectly reported killed several times.