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American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan

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Ligalig-Mike

American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« on: December 18, 2007, 04:38:53 PM »
By Roel Pareno
The Philippine Star

An American Bell helicopter contracted by the US military encountered hostile ground fire from armed groups while flying over the vicinity of Tipo-Tipo, Basilan yesterday morning, according to military official.

Brig. Gen. Juancho Sabban, Joint Task Force Thunder chief and concurrent deputy of Western Mindanao Command based in Basilan said the Bell Helicopter of Evergreen was conducting re-supply mission when it was fired.

Evergreen is a US-based aeronautics company contracted by Dyncorp, another American-based contracting company servicing the US military forces stationed in southern Philippines.

"No one was reported hurt from among the passengers and pilots on board," Sabban said.

He said the aircraft was not also hit based on the report that was forwarded to him. Sabban said the civilian American aircraft came from Sulu and passing by Basilan when it met the "hostile ground fire."

Efforts to reach any officials from the US Joint Special Operation Task Force-Philippines turned futile.

But the Evergreen Bell helicopter has been utilized by the US military here in conducting re-supply and logistics mission, including airlift of combat casualty Filipino soldiers.

Sabban said troops were immediately dispatched and briefly encountered Tuesday the armed group believed to be responsible in the attack.

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Re: American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2007, 04:42:29 PM »
Mike, are the Philippine F-5 Tiger IIs still in operation for the Philippine Air Force?
Don't we have air units in the air down there to neutralize these groups?

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Re: American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2007, 04:53:03 PM »
Mike, are the Philippine F-5 Tiger IIs still in operation for the Philippine Air Force?
Don't we have air units in the air down there to neutralize these groups?

Bran, this group can't be neutralized by air force. And the Philippine military chose to have these extremists live and co-exist with them.

The rebels are the reason why the military officials can request bigger budget in the Philippine congress.

Without enemies, it means no money for the generals.

Sad but this is a fact of life.

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Re: American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« Reply #3 on: December 18, 2007, 04:55:54 PM »
This is what I feared, Mike.

How can we take reigns and effectively protect our porous borders from foreign powers that threaten the Republic when we cannot even silence internal rebellion.

Do you think there will ever be a time, Mike, in near or far-distant future where the south will be stabilized?

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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2007, 05:01:23 PM »
This is what I feared, Mike.

How can we take reigns and effectively protect our porous borders from foreign powers that threaten the Republic when we cannot even silence internal rebellion.

Do you think there will ever be a time, Mike, in near or far-distant future where the south will be stabilized?

If the economic condition in the south would be improved, I would still like to hope that the future for this area would get better.

Bran, billions of pesos have been channeled to the ARMM (Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao) but the funds didn't go to the public but to the officials who build mansions and construct private resorts in islands there and maintain their own private armies.

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Re: American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« Reply #5 on: December 18, 2007, 05:16:09 PM »
Mike, your response resonates in my head because it is similar to what my father said about the condition of the south--pertaining the ARMM. If this is a problem and the fact that these officials are engaged in overlordships, then why doesn't the government take action to repudiate these officials? Please tell me that the RP is not cooperating with these officials for the sake of peace? I mean, I am concerned about the people in these autonomous regions because they must be prey to propaganda that stresses alienation from Manila and the rest of the country.

The last time I had a conversation with my father and some of my Titos about the condition in the south, they mentioned the porous border with Malaysia and that islamofascist rhetoric is spreading like wildfire in the south because of that.

I really cannot help to see our country in such paralysis, Mike. Because for a nation of 91 million people, we should be powerful and strong, not beguiled like what is happening in the present.

So if the economy continues to perform the way it does, do you think that in say 10-20 years, the ARMM will be fully augmented as proper provinces? Or are these ARMMs permanent?

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Re: American Helicopter Attacked In Basilan
« Reply #6 on: December 18, 2007, 05:38:08 PM »
Our problem, Bran, is that many of our officials from Manila down to the South are only enriching themselves. I am not saying that all of them are shenanigans, but I've known many who are really corrupt and greedy.

My stint in Bohol media had taught me lessons and had opened my eyes and I saw things that I'd rather not see because these things only gave burden to my mind.

The road to progress in any part of our country can never be seen until there is a nationwide feeling of love and empathy for all of us.

An official who loves his neighbor will never use public funds for his own gain knowing his constituents will be deprived of social benefits that are due to them.

Corruption is rooted in the fact our officials are busy enriching themselves, pampering their self-interests, expanding their network of political affiliates who share the same evil passion with them.

Bran, I am very categorical in saying that the root cause of our poverty lies in the political anatomy of our country. Our ordinary brothers and sisters have fled the country in search of greener pastures, spreading to the farthest corners of the globe, leaving families and homes behind to the detriment of relationships and lives of children, because they have not found the kind of hope and progress that we all would have been reaping at this time.

Thailand's economy collapsed in 1997 in the Asian economic crisis, yet the Thai people were able to recover and rebuild their economy because their leaders worked together and stripped themselves of self-interest. The Philippines did not experience such economic debacle as Thailand had gone through, yet this country has catapulted itself in economic gains that we can only dream of at this moment.

Our country has so much potentials, but then again, we are not blessed with leaders who have the hearts of Jose Rizal and Andres Bonifacio.

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