Quote for the Week..

"Why are the country’s political leaders quick to act on amending the Constitution to change nationalistic provisions for the benefit of foreigners or to extend their terms of office but are allergic to amending the Constitution to address the people’s aspirations for self-determination?" - Marvic Leonen,Dean of the UP College of Law, in a keynote address delivered at the 1st International Solidarity Conference on Mindanao; March 16-18, 2009 in Davao City, Philippines.


Saturday, December 13, 2008

All they want for Christmas are boots

ISABELA CITY, Basilan -- Philippine Marines pursuing a band of kidnappers here since Nov. 28 know they will not be able to spend Christmas with their families. They’re not even hoping to do so now that they are inching closer to their quarry.

All they want for Christmas are new boots and uniforms to replace their worn-out ones.

Cpl. Joel Albances even showed to reporters a the two-inch wide gap in his shoes.

"Pag pinasok ito ng linta, patay tayo [If leeches crawl in, we’re dead]," he said in jest.

Turning more serious, Albances said the worn-out shoes have hindered the the soldiers’ mobility.

"It would be helpful if our combat shoes are not worn out. We can move quickly. Besides, our shoes help keep us warm during the night," he said.

Sgt. Moammar Tingcasan said they were not asking for additional salaries.

"New uniforms and new combat boots are enough for us," he said.

Cpl. Dansel John Palafox acknowledged soldiers in tattered uniforms are not a pretty sight, nevertheless they have to don old uniforms.

Col. Elmer Estilles, commander of the Marine Battalion Landing Team 8, said he pitied his soldiers because they do need new boots and uniforms.

Estrilles said when Defense Secretary Gilbert Teodoro came over on Thursday, he also requested that their small wish be granted.

Philippine Marine Corps commandant Lt. Gen. Ben Dolorfino said they were now working on the procurement of two pairs of new battle dress uniforms and a pair of combat boots for each of the Marines.

He said P36 million has been set aside for the procurement. )Julie Alipala; INQ.net)

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