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AFP general probed for possible insubordination case

N.B. – This article was first published on Asian Correspondents, Aug. 17, 2010. This article was subjected to a class workshop for my Journalism 117 (Online Journalism). Comments for revision for this article includes improvement of use of adjectives and adverbs as to proper and minimal use of modifiers, tighter sentences and clearer syntax.

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By Paul Belisario

Manila, Philippines – Goodbye top post. Hello possible insubordination raps.

The Armed forces of the Philippines (AFP) put controversial Rear Admiral Feliciano A. Angue under investigation for insubordination after continuous complaints of ‘demotion’ up until he bids goodbye to National Capital Region Commander (NCRCom) troops earlier today.

AFP spokesperson Brigadier General Jose Mabanta said Angue’s cries are “uncalled” for. Airing grievances to the media and tainting the image of AFP is against Article 5, section 4.3 of the AFP’s code of ethics.

Angue, in his farewell speech at the NCRCom’s flag raising ceremony, said for 32 years of service, it was his first time to witness the humiliation of demotion.

Last Thursday night, President Benigno Aquino III approved revamp recommendations for senior military officers given by the AFP Board of Generals.

From his three-star position as NCRCom Chief, Angue was reassigned as commander of Naval Forces Western Mindanao Command in Zamboanga City, perceived as a lower position at two-star rank.

Mabanta said that Angue has no reason to reject re-assigment because it is their oath to move by orders.

However, complaints may be pushed before a committee for military grievance processing if questions on assignments are heard, he said.

Earlier last week, Angue revealed to media that senior military leaders participated in cheating the 2004 presidential elections to favor then administration bet and former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

These high ranking officials, who were promoted instead of being punished, must be the subject of the Truth Commission‘s investigations, he added.

Angue took the top NCRCom post after his controversial appointment with other members of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1978, where former President Arroyo is an honorary member.

August 17, 2010 at 8:50 pm Leave a comment

Who’s bullying my favorite cry baby?

Some bleakly twinkling newspaper column thinks whistle blower and bitter-melon general Angue should just shut up. That’s a harsh thing to someone who is mending a broken rank.

They’re suggesting Angue to run for an elective office, and jokes him of running for the upcoming barangay elections, before mingling with issues of politics (as if those with a government seat know politics).

And guess what? His only veneration, according to this column, is to just obey his superiors and point his nose to Zamboanga and not to some evil accusations toward his commanders. Generals are saints, they can’t do wrong, and their voice will leads us to salvation according to chapter 6, verse 9 of The Book of Saint Palparan.

For a column still dreamy that the military is a neutral and apolitical body? Here’s a slap to wake you up! Pak. Pak. Pak. Paaaak.

Fine. Let us just take Angue as a jealous dog. (Well, he thought he was also a favorite). But then again, in times when we are so fuzzed about change and yellow ribbons,will we be just doubtful to a cry baby? Then undoubtful of everything his officers say?

So, let us not act surprised if after all this derailments on the probes on how Gloria Arroyo was seated president with the help of our “apolitical” generals will lead to somewhere near to nothingness. Let’s not act surprised if the Truth Commission will be moving so slow, or not moving at all. And let the military hide everything in their closets.

P.S.

BAD NEWS: Angue wants to act as Pontius Pilate now that Arroyo is but a congresswoman. But, nah-ah-ah, President Noynoy Aquino III already got the role for the Hacienda Luisita scene. (see previous post)

August 17, 2010 at 7:38 am 2 comments

Of stars and of falling down

Looks definitely better in the soulders, is it not? (appling.k12.ga.us)

CUTESY STAR CUT-OUTS

Kids will love this. Cutting and smearing paste on cute stars. We’ll give it to NCRCom chief Rear Admiral Feliciano Angue after.

This gift is “FOR URGENT DELIVERY”. I remembered Nico, my  kindergarten nephew, crying continuously for long grueling hours for not getting a star for his assignment. Else, want to see uniformed guys with tantrums?

Madam Rosa: Philippines fortune teller since time immemorial. (antipolocity.olx.com.ph)

A DIRECT LINE TO MADAM ROSA

Madam Rosa is tested. She was there ever since. I never knew about fortune telling, I only know Madam Rosa. She IS fortune telling! And to avoid being axed deep and hard onyour back next time, better see it through some magic ball while chanting wow-wow-wow.

Weee!

Seriously, Willie Revillame, you need her. I’m telling you, nothing is permanent. In your case, things seems to disappear surprisingly sudden and heart – or wallet – breaking.

Made of world's unbreakable synthetic fibers, for you G.I.s. (ok4wd.com)

STRONGEST ROPE

After news 12 militants were killed in Pakistan because of the world’s most accurate and intelligent (blah!) weapons.

US military loves these expensive toys. I bet they drool playing with these. Thus, make sure they will not lose it: let’s tie them to their toys. Brave Joes won’t mind (for they have none).

P.S.

Let’s start with some of the 600 US troops in the Philippines, who thinks they’re invisible and invinsible, engaging in actual military battles and operations.

I bet this won't do much in cleaning anything in him. (avi-biran.co.il)

PILATE’S WATER BASIN

For President Noynoy “Pontius Pilate” Aquino who seems to loose his mouth in the controversial Hacienda Luisita’s compromise deal affecting some 12,000 farmer-beneficiaries.

He do not want to meddle, thus, waits for others to say something decisive first. I imagine him gesturing a “zip-it”, running fingers over his lips.  He will soon play untainted and order the death of the innocent. Wait, are we talking about Pilate or PNoy?

August 16, 2010 at 2:43 am 5 comments

No boxes, no ribbons needed

Must see movies before roundhouse kick kills you. (nuno-dvdcollection.blogspot.com)

Chuck Norris DVD Collection

Each one of you, Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren, Eric Roberts, Randy Couture, Steve Austin, Mickey Rourke, and Bruce Willis will and must have a copy of this! What were you thinking? No Chuck Norris? Change title: “The Expandables” to “The Disrespectfuls”.

If you are so afraid of his roundhouse kicks to count him in in this movie, you better make a drama film or a chick-flick rather.

Ampalaya

This is for former President Joseph Estrada after news broke that he was rushed to the hospital because of “profuse nose-bleeding”. I am actually torn between  ampalaya and an oxygen tank, since the brain needs a lot of air to function well.

For long term benefits, vegetables prevails.

Bitter melon for blood and (nose)bleeding problems (natureessence.net.au)

Remember: pale of water and the firemen's number! (epicfireworks.com)

Fire crackers

The presidential site has a countdown! Imagine cracklings and bolts of lights (in yellow?) coming out of your screen when it hits an all zero. And since PNoy wants some participation going on, we are giving out handheld fire crackers to all! Just prepare a pale of water and the fire department’s contact number somewhere near.

Happy new year!

August 15, 2010 at 4:41 pm Leave a comment


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