Armyman meets with Barangay Leaders, appeals for cooperation

Bulan, Sorsogon, October 9, 2009: The commanding officer of the Barangay San Isidro Alpha Coy 9IB Philippine Army Detachment, 1Lt. Alfie Lee, together with his Ex-O, 2Lt. Guy Ray Madrid, attended a meeting of the Liga ng Mga Barangay officials at the SB Session Hall on October 8, 2009 and appealed for cooperation in their civil-military efforts to bring and help maintain peace and order in this side of the region.

.In his discussion with the Punong Barangays, Lieutenant Lee stressed that it is expected of barangay officials to be faithful to their oaths of office and their allegiance to the government since they are part of it. He said that he has already developed a certain kind of rapport and friendship with the people of Bulan since he had been here for about already three years during his first assignment and tour of duty.

The anti-insurgency campaign which has been going on for over thirty years now cannot really be successful unless and until there is full cooperation on the part of the citizenry. He also discussed the government’s amnesty program extending benevolence and assistance to elements willing to come back to the fold of the law. He elaborated also on the unfortunate incidents that happened in Sorsogon, particularly in Pilar town, a week ago, where army soldiers encountered and killed nine communist rebel elements. He said that government didn’t want this to happen.

When asked about possible abuses by his men especially in far-flung barangays, he said that as a leader he will not tolerate it and there is due process within the military system to deal with this kind of issues. He readily gave out his personal number for the barangay leaders to contact in case the army men are needed.

Mayor Baby De Castro extended thanks to the Army here in Bulan for their efforts during calamities in helping local communities in distress, particularly during Storm Dante in May when Bulan experienced the worst flooding ever. She also expressed her appreciation that there is an opportunity like this dialogue now going on between the civilians and the military.

Bulan is one of the towns in Sorsogon where an army detachment is strategically based due to the insurgency problem still affecting the region.

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3 responses to “Armyman meets with Barangay Leaders, appeals for cooperation

  1. attybenji

    -The truth is – our Barangay Officials are reluctant to fully cooperate with the AFP/Army for fear of reprisal from the NPA liquidation squad. Dahil minsan sa loob mismo ng organization ng AFP/Army ay may informant ang NPA. O kaya mismo ang taga AFP/Army ang personal na magsusumbong sa NPA na si Kapitan Tal Pulano o si Kagawad Bartolo Burdado ay nagsumbong sa kanila. Kaya ano ang kapalaran na naghihintay kay Tal Pulano o Bartolo Burdado sa kanilang ginawang “heroic act” na isumbong ang existence ng NPA sa AFP/Army sa kanilang lugar, isa lang ang nakikita kong kapalaran na nag-aantay sa kanila, ito ay si kamalasan na si“La Muerte”, bakit kamo, kasi NPA mismo ang papatay o dudukot sa kanila dahil sa sumbong na galing sa hanay ng AFP/Army. Tell me, ilang tao na ang binaril ng NPA point blank dahil nalaman nila na si kapitan Tal Pulano o si Kagawad Bartolo Burdado ay isang confidential informant ng AFP/Army. Ang tanong bakit nalaman ito, dahil mismo taga AFP/Army ay kasabwat ng NPA, …. batu-bato balani…. ang tamaan ay wag magalit.

    Seriously speaking, We really cannot eradicate insurgency totally, because where there are problems of poverty, abuses and injustices in our midst and the like, there will always be cause for such unrest, or insurgency. See, the message of the Bamboo’s hit song, entitled “Tatsulok”.

    TATSULOK by Bamboo

    Totoy bilisan mo, bilisan mo ang takbo
    Ilagan ang mga bombang nakatutok sa ulo mo
    Totoy tumalon ka, dumapa kung kailangan
    At baka tamaan pa ng mga balang ligaw
    Totoy makinig ka, wag kang magpa-gabi
    Baka mapagkamalan ka’t humandusay dyan sa tabi
    Totoy alam mo ba kung ano ang puno’t dulo
    Ng di matapos-tapos na kaguluhang ito

    Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban
    Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan
    Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan
    At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman

    Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
    Di matatapos itong gulo

    Iligtas ang hininga ng kay raming mga tao
    At ang dating munting bukid, ngayo’y sementeryo
    Totoy kumilos ka, baliktarin ang tatsulok
    Tulad ng dukha, nailagay mo sa tuktok

    Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban
    Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan
    Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan
    At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman

    Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
    Di matatapos itong gulo

    Hindi pula’t dilaw tunay na magkalaban
    Ang kulay at tatak ay di syang dahilan
    Hangga’t marami ang lugmok sa kahirapan
    At ang hustisya ay para lang sa mayaman

    Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
    Di matatapos itong gulo

    Habang may tatsulok at sila ang nasa tuktok
    Di matatapos itong gulo…….

    Di matatapos itong gulo……

  2. violeta rawis

    atty benjie ur correct.ako msmo know ko kc sa dami kong karilasyon na militar since !83alam ko ang wrk nila.kya lang pagumaalis ang mga army naiiwan din ako at di ako maisama kc nga minsan ang mga involve sa akin satisfaction lang ang lyk.kya ayan pagwla na cla npa nmn ang nanakot sa barrio.2loy di ko na alam ang gagawin nmin.pra 2loy akong bola ng bsketball.bwat flock ng army mayroon ako.gnagawa ko yon kc nga kailangan ang tagapagtanggol sa mga npa.so i was away fr.that infiltrated area at parte me na ng cavite at medyo cool ako rito kc may nadakma na naman akong matanda.ok na rin ito kc di na masyadong nkktakot sa bawat grupo.sleepwel ako sa gabi at isa na lang ang nasa harapan ko.

  3. attybenji

    to violeta:

    wow! amazing! ang iyong buhay pag-ibig ay isang alamat.

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