Welcome. After we agreed to put the Corps Magazine on the Internet, I was given the task of writing the role of a soldier in nation building. In my contemplation, I find it beneficial to enlighten our readers using the life stories of our alumni. Readers may be able to appreciate more about the soldiers with their true to life experiences in service to our country.
This section will be a compilation of these life stories. I encourage, therefore, every alumnus, including their families and friends who witnessed their lives in the military service, to be part of the Corps Magazine by sharing your stories. (Photo by the Armed Forces of the Philippines)
I have been asking myself why a shrine was never built for our fallen soldiers who gave their lives to secure our nation from communist insurgency and from the secessionist movement. In my 17 years in the military service, I witnessed how our soldiers dedicated their lives just to make sure our country did not fall into communism and protected our sovereignty and our territorial integrity. I saw their bravery and patriotism in the face of battles even with meager logistical support. I saw many of them died right before my eyes. I cried when I saw them crying in pain because of fatal wounds which I knew would lead to their death, and the wounded which I knew will cripple them for life.
If the constitution is weak, it is often replaced. A nation with a weak constitution experiences slow growth and chaos with the ruling political and economic elite exploiting and dominating the affairs of the state.
Where have you been all these years? What happened after you left the academy?
I have been asking myself why a shrine was never built for our soldiers who gave their lives to secure our nation from communist insurgency and from the secessionist movement.
There are two paths to peace: the doctrines war to eliminate the communist rebels and the ways of peace through peace negotiation where government and rebels come to agree to have peace.
The ISIS attack in Marawi City on May 23, 2017, is a wake-up call. It has very serious implication for our national security. The incident should be treated differently from previous terror attacks that have been experienced by our nation. The incident has also displayed our weaknesses and vulnerabilities that were exploited by ISIS. These should serve as lessons for immediate adjustments in our national security strategies and programs.