Skip to main content

Officials tagged in Burgos, 'Morong 43' cases next targets of AFP witch-hunt?

MANILA, Philippines - After fugitive retired Army Maj. Gen. Jovito Palparan, military men accused of being involved in the disappearance of peasant leader Jonas Burgos and those behind the arrest of the so-called “Morong 43,” would be the next target of an alleged ongoing witch-hunt in the military, a senior military official said Friday.

 “We in the active service know that there is an ongoing witch-hunt. Do you think this will stop with Palparan? The ones who are next are those accused of involvement in the Jonas Burgos and Morong 43 cases,” he said.

The officer said that even if Palparan, now in hiding, is put behind bars, key leftist personalities in government will continue to demonize him to destroy the military as an organization.

He said the wanted posters of Palparan still in military uniform, distributed to hasten his arrest, is already enough proof to show that certain quarters are out to demonize not only Palparan, but the entire military organization.

The official warned the government that if the military is hard-pressed by the witch-hunt, the government should be ready for the consequences.

The officer issued this statement after an association of active generals and flag officers issued a manifesto calling certain quarters to stop exploiting the Palparan case at the expense of the entire military.

Leftist groups have tagged the military as the abductors of Burgos, who was snatched by unidentified armed men at a restaurant along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City in April 2007.

Leftist groups likewise accused Army troops of illegally arresting and detaining the so-called Morong 43, whom they claimed were not rebels but rural health workers.
By Jaime Laude The Philippine Star Updated January 01, 2012 12:00 AM


More Philippine Defense News

DND wants frigate with 'surface-to-air' missile power

MANILA, Philippines - Defense spokesperson Peter Paul Galvez announced on Friday that one of the frigates to be acquired by the Philippines will have "surface-to-air" capabilities. That is, the ship will have the capability to fire missiles, guided by radar or heat sensors, at airborne targets.
"Aside from this, our latest frigate will have heavier gun armament and other equipment that will make it very effective in patrolling and securing the country's waters," Galvez said in Filipino.
He declined to state the particular country the Philippines will acquire this ship but stressed that acquisition will be done through a government-to-government transaction.
The Philippines has taken on a new sense of urgency to upgrade its naval capabilities as tensions continue to rise around the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). US President Barack Obama's announced "pivot" for America towards the Pacific has stirred greater naval activity on the p…

No reduction in AFP manpower size

THERE will be no reduction in the number of soldiers of the Armed Forces of the Philippines when it implements the streamlining of commands by 2013, a senior officer told the Manila Standard in an exclusive interview.
“Under the Force Structure Review, there will be streamlining of units but this does not mean reduction in terms of the number of soldiers. In fact, the FSR calls for more recruits in the future,” the source, who requested anonymity, said.
At present, the military has a total of 125,000 soldiers, of which almost 85,000 are in the Army and the rest in the Navy-Marines and Air Force.
The FSR calls for an in-depth study of the AFP history in reference to pertinent laws of the land in conjunction with the challenges of internal and external defense.
The study also calls for the establishment of a strategic command that will focus on external defense where the main force would be the Air Force and Navy.
On instructions of Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin, former military ch…

Philippine Armored Vehicles with ad-hoc wood slat armor

While searching for Philippine armored vehicles for the updates being done for both the blog and the Facebook page I chanced upon images of Philippine Army and Marine armor assets covered with thick wood planks as slat armor for protection from rocket propelled grenades. This caught the eyes of Popular Mechanics who published an article last June 8th just for this subject.

According to the article,
Wood armor on armored vehicles won't save them from ISIS rockets. Not sure, I'll leave that to the actual reports from the Philippine Military in using wood as an ad hoc protection for rpg's, but yes this is only during emergencies. The Philippine Army and Philippine Marines should employ or use the real add-on armors currently in the market for armored vehicle protection. Or they could just simply buy new thicker-armored vehicles to be used for front-line operations and have the old vehicles to be used in secondary missions or as support vehicles.

Nonetheless the fast-thinkin…