Are You Willing to Die as a Philippine Soldier?

youtube-maxresdefaultPNP-SAF trooper: Philippines not always worth dying for

A wise man said he’d rather die for his friend than for his country. And I agree

‘A grieving Philippine National Police-Special Action Force trooper on Sunday spit back the famous words of the late Sen. Ninoy Aquino in his dismay at the deaths of 44 of his comrades in a firefight in Mamasapano town in Maguindanao.

‘”This country is not worth dying for sir, kung ang gobyerno natin, sir, hindi kami kayang protektahan,” the elite police officer told Interior Secretary Mar Roxas in an open forum at Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig on Sunday.

‘Aquino, who was assassinated upon his return to the Philippines in 1983, famously quipped that the Filipino is worth dying for.

‘But the SAF troopers said that there was a limit to that sacrifice, saying they also expected the government to protect them, even as they served the country…’

Gov’t websites defaced; hackers urge Filipinos to join protest
‘In its message placed on the defaced government websites, Anonymous Philippines said that the citizens should remind the government that “fairness, justice, and freedom are not mere words.”

‘“Together, we must stand tall and remind this world what it has forgotten; that fairness, justice, and freedom are not mere words. The people of the world have become their own worst enemy, because we have become way too accommodating in accepting the treachery handed out by our governments,” Anonymous Philippines said…’

Philippine HK domestic receives NYU scholarship
‘Filipina migrant worker Xyza Cruz Bacani has been awarded the prestigious Magnum Foundation Photography and Human Rights Fellowship to study at the Tisch School for the Arts in New York University.

‘The 6-week long Magnum program will provide Bacani and 6 others scholarships for an intensive training in the ethical use of photography in the advancement of human rights. ..’
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How Falkland Islands Became a Penguin Sanctuary after the War
‘Nearly 30 years after Britain and Argentina went to war over the Falkland Islands, a pilot project has begun to rid the territory of some of the 20,000 landmines left behind and clean up land that has been off limits since the conflict, as the BBC’s Rajesh Mirchandani reports.

‘Following the Falklands conflict, there were initial attempts to clear mines, but many injuries resulted.

‘The British decided it was too dangerous and instead fenced off the minefields. Warnings were posted and stiff penalties imposed on anyone who jumped the fences for, say, an unusual photo opportunity…’


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