Marine Gen. scores SAF 44: ‘Many soldiers offered lives too, yet they did not complain’
Maj. General Alexander Balutan, a decorated Marine general, in his Facebook post, he criticized the PNP Special Action Force as well as the relatives continuously crying for justice.
According to a Marine general, many soldiers lost their precious live in battle too, yet they did not complain no cry for justice, fringe benefits nor blame anyone.
“Several Marines or soldiers offered their precious lives yet they did not complain, no cry for justice, fringe benefits nor blame anyone. We solemnly buried our dead heroes and consoled the many wounded, wiped our tears and fought again,”
General Balutan also cited four incidents similar to Mamasapano encounter where soldiers were also killed.
"Four (4) significant battles; 1) The Fall of Camp Abubakar, Maguindanao, July 2000 2) The capture of Camp Belal, LDN, May 2000. 3) Assault in Camp Rajahmuda Complex, Pikit, North Cot, June 2003. 4) Controversial Nat'l Election in Lanao Del Sur May 2004. In all these battles, several marines/soldiers offered precious lives yet they did not complain, no cry for justice, fringe benefits nor blame anyone. We solemnly buried our dead heroes and consoled the many wounded, wiped our tears and fought again. For we know well the meaning of our sacred oath for sake of our Motherland," Balutan said.
Balutan’s statement comes a day before Senator Juan Ponce Enrile has requested the reopening of the investigation.
Senator Enrile claiming that he has evidence that will prove former Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III direct involvement in the operation.
Some netizen commented on Marine gen. balutan’s post, defended the SAF 44, saying that police and military should not be compared because the situation was different.
“Your soldiers were never left behind to die. Every available asset of the armed forces was given just to save them… and for SAF, [there] was none… they died begging for reinforcement but nothing came,” netizen said.
But Balutan replied and clarified that the SAF should have “fought their way out even without reinforcement.”
“[The SAF] planned it in the first place and the AFP reinforcement was the least priority, lest of compromise, so the confusion. The warrior instinct is to win and survive his battles and we don’t worry about any political scenario, issues or betrayals when we go to war on our own,” Balutan said.
Balutan said the issue on SAF was being sensationalized and exploited, saying it would only reopen old wounds.
“Lalo lang mabubuksan ang sugat na natahi na. Very painful ‘yan,” he said.
Balutan also recalled the battles the Marines faced against the MILF.
“Sa araw-araw ay nakikipagtitigan kami kay kamatayan,” the then brigadier general said.
“Many of us offered lives and sustained wounds while faithfully fulfill our sworn duty to defend the motherland,” he added.
Both Napeñas and Balutan graduated from the PMA, the former isa member of Class 1982 while the latter is from Class 1983.
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