From Ang Malaya (Feb 3): Philippine Navy closely monitoring the construction of first strategic sealift vessel
Philippine Navy sent a number of prospective crews to Indonesia to monitor the building of its first strategic sealift vessel. PT PAL has started the construction of one Makassar-class Landing Platform Dock in Surabaya, Indonesia on January 22, 2015. Navy flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Jesus C. Millan attended the ceremonial first steel cutting on the said date.
“Some of them are already at the shipyard facility in Surabaya, Indonesia, monitoring the construction works [to assure the ship is being built according to PN specifications],” PN public affairs office chief Cmdr. Lued Lincuna said as reported by state media. “They will be the ones who will be sailing her home.”
This unit is scheduled to be delivered on the second quarter of 2016. PN’s SSV can act as floating command center, military sealift and transport vessel and respond during disasters and calamities. Second unit is scheduled to be delivered within the second quarter of 2017.
Surely, it takes sometimes before this heightened emotion and call for revenge to subside. One reason for which is those spoilers and the “political enemies” of President Benigno Aquino III are feasting on the issue. It has been a free ride for them since that unfortunate incident happened. They are in a shooting spree using one stone for two birds: stifling the chance of the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) to pass Congress and to weaken the clout of the President so that whoever he anoints in the 2016 presidential election would have little chance to win.
By the way, it seems that only the wounded feelings of the families of SAFs are featured, recognized, and pursued. How about those of the fallen MILF combatants who just defended themselves from the night intruders who were armed to the teeth? Are they not also human beings whose feelings must also be respected? Is the application of justice one-sided in this country?
Frankly, the MILF is worried by how supposedly highly-placed people and some veteran media practitioners reacted irresponsibly and feverishly to that incident. Ousted former President and now Manila Mayor, Joseph Estrada, has again called for another all-out war against the MILF. Why he is not tired of this old rhetoric that never makes sense to sensible people? For the media practitioners, we think only Rigoberto Tiglao deserves space here. The rests are not as biased. It seems he has never had good words for the MILF ever since his former boss, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, exited from power. Imagine his description of the incident as a "massacre" which totally glosses over the real facts of the firefight. We cannot understand why he has that intense remorse in his heart against the MILF when he has many old friends in the organization. He was afforded the sole privilege of interviewing the late Salamat Hashim in Karachi, Pakistan in December 1987. (We hope he has not yet burned his bridges with the MILF).
Contrastingly, we can only praise and hold high the statesmanship of President Benigno Aquino of soberly and reasonably reacting in the face of the outbursts of emotions and the mounting call for all-out war. We could only imagine the hardships, pressures, and intrigues facing him now. It is really hard to be president of this country who never makes correct decision in the eyes of his critics and political enemies.
Of course, there are other leaders who followed their reason and not their emotions. Among whom were Senate President Franklin Drilon, House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, DILG Secretary Mar Roxas, Supreme Court Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, Cardinal Orlando Quevedo, ARMM Regional Governor Mujib Hataman, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, North Cotabato Governor Emmylou Lala Taliño, Maguindanao Governor Esmail "Toto" Mangudadatu, and Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ, of Ateneo de Davao University.
On the misencounter, there is no doubt the villain was the lapse of judgment on the part of the commander of the SAF-PNP by overstressing secrecy at the expense of "coordination". Yes, the mission achieved its objective "to get rid" of Marwan but at the cost of so many lives and the uncertainty of the BBL passing into law.
On the current uncertainty of things, the MILF fully submits to what the Holy Qur’an says: “There are things that you do not like but it is good for you; and there are things that you like but it is not good for you.” The outcome of every effort or activity still lies in the will of God. All the Muslim members of the MILF fully submit to this injunction.