By Paul Gutierrez
Published : Saturday, August 24, 2013 00:00 ...
MORE than three years after the mass arrest by the military of the so-called ‘Morong 43’ on February 6, 2010, this story continues to unravel in favor of the AFP’s position that those arrested were not innocent “community health workers” as claimed by the suspects and some human rights group.
A belated bulletin from the Phil. Army states that last August 9, a firefight in Doña Remedios Trinidad (DRT), Bulacan, resulted to the death of three rebels with one of them, Ramon ‘Ka Mandy’ dela Cruz, turning out to be a member of the Morong 43.
If my counting is right, 202nd Brigade chief, Col. Ivan Samarita, dela Cruz would be the third (or fourth?) member of the group KIA (killed in action) by government troops after they were ordered release by Pres. Aquino on December 10, 2010.
If I am not mistaken, the others were previously killed by soldiers in separate clashes in Batangas and Mindoro months after they were given back their freedom with DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima primarily in the forefront of the campaign for their release.
If the good secretary was among those hoodwinked into believing the innocense of the Morong 43 and which made her influence Pres. Noy’s decision, we cannot say anymore at this point.
Obviously, however, it is one political act of Pres. Noy where the nation’s security was compromised but for the continuing vigilance of our troops.
In other words, this was one decision where the commander in chief was proven wrong and his soldiers were proven right.
Why? Because I know for a fact that Pres. Noy was fully briefed about these “characters” he was about to release back then but he proceeded to do so nevertheless.
At dahil si P-Noy ang “bosing” kaya “tameme” na lang ang ating mga sundalo, hehehe.