The Armed Forces of the Philippines! Part 2

@eileenleyva (24167)
Philippines
January 29, 2011 3:16pm CST
Here's the scenario. Flashback: Trillanes Mutiny, 2004, Manila Peninsula Hotel - a rebellion staged to terminate what the soldiers believe had been sending them early to the grave - corruption in the offices of the generals and the commander in chief. Fast Forward: Trillanes Inquiry, 2011, Senate - a senate inquisition currently unearthing the depth of corruption by the chiefs of staff of the military, and subsequently, the previous commander in chief. Sworn Statement: by former Budget Officer of the Armed Forces: Chief of Staff Angelo Reyes received PhPeso 5 Million monthly for fifteen months, the duration of his term as chief, aside from the PhPeso 50 Million he was sent off with in his retirement. Stunned Senator: Trillanes said that when he concocted the rebellion, the amount of money that was corrupted was not the staggering amount he heard the witness divulge. Trillanes said that he only wanted good boots for the soldiers and real bullets so they can defend their lives against the bandits. Well, he truly didn't know who the real enemy was...
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@oplopez81 (158)
• Philippines
10 Feb 11
Hi eileen. I'm back after several months of hybernating. Going back to the discussion, corruption in the military is not new. Everybody knows that corruption exists. You can go to Camp Aguinaldo and randomly pick any soldier you bump into and ask them to tell you who the corrupt are and they can always give you a name or two. This malpractice is not actually limited to chiefs of staff or generals, other officers who like to kiss as* enjoy this as well. Even some enlisted personnel who are close to these officers get a share from the loot. Everybody in the organization knows it but sad to say only few are brave enough to fight the system. I am not putting down in any way the military institution because I know that there are more good men than bad ones, unfortunately, those in power are the ones who control the system. I should know... I served the armed forces for 25 years. I was already nearing the top of the echelon but I opted to get out before the system gets me.
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@SHAMRACK (8586)
• India
1 Feb 11
Dear friend, Those things people like us in India is not much aware, but as far as known it really something fizzy. Anyway if enemy is not tackled well is the consequence would be worse, but to find the actual enemy I hope is first priority.
@TheAdvocate (2393)
• Philippines
1 Feb 11
Unlike the good senator, I was not really surprised with the revelations of Rabusa. I just look at the houses of the generals in the military camps and know that I probably contributed to the completion of his house. I was just surprised that it took someone in a wheelchair to confront the amnesiac generals there. It was more incredulous with the Angie Reyes' answer - I don't remember. Sheesh, does he receive a lot of P50M pesos on a daily basis that he has forgotten receiving a rather large anount? With Rabusa's revelation, its no wonder that the wife of Garcia thought nothing of telling Americans how normal corruption is in this country.
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30 Jan 11
Well it seems they're caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. The deep blue sea are the rebels and the devil are the generals who've been receiving millions while soldiers are dying in the field. I wonder how on earth do these generals are able to get a good night's sleep when their literary sleeping on money at the expense of the lives of the soldiers. Shame on them. I hope heads will roll once the investigation is complete and not just some half baked verdict like the one that happened to Garcia.
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