Soldier’s Tales

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)

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Our Forgotten Heroes & Patriots

mourn-2I 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.

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ConstitutionaI Security (The Path to Real Change)

5b7c6-philconstnIf 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.

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Beyond the Portal of Fort Del Pilar

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Where have you been all these years?  What happened after you left the academy?

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Our Forgotten Heroes And Patriots
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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.

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The Doctrines of War Or The Ways of Peacepeace

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.

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A Wake-up Call

marawiThe 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.

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One Response to Soldier’s Tales

  1. Alfred Kenneth S Tingabngab III says:

    Answering an Inquiry posed by a Cavalier Website

    I chanced upon a website under the name of “The Corps Magazine” of PMA Cadets after Fort Del Pilar in one of my browsings. Under a Section “Beyond the Portals of fort Del Pilar” of the same Website tagged as “Soldier’s Tale” was a post with questions- “Where have you been all these years? What happened after you left the Academy?”

    On first glance and in general, one would automatically answer the inquiry with either I went into the military service, for those who graduated from the Academy, or I wento to pursue a different professional calling by studying a different educational course or into business. Most would answer the former… that of serving the Nation, the Filipino people under the premise of giving back to society the privilege and blessings of full government scholarship granted through four (4) years of focused cadetship, for other more than four years but eventually graduating from the rigors and challenges of Academy molding.

    However, the automatic answer may not really be responsive to both questions. It would seem like a shotgun reply to two questions which should have been arranged in reverse succession. But, I guess, it’s just me and my perspective in appreciating the questions…with its sequential or chronological order.

    So, addressing the question – What Happened After You Left the Academy?

    I joined the Philippine Navy a month after graduation. I reported Headquarters Philippine Navy in Roxas Boulevard, Manila in March 1991 and went through the Naval Officer’s Qualification Course “A” at the former Naval Training Command (now, Naval Education and Training Command) in Fort San Felipe, Cavite City. I went through Junior Billet Aboardship starting from being a Mess and Supply Officer to Engineering and Damage Control Officer while ensuring competitiveness and qualification in Surface Operation and Watch Standing. One month aboardship and I was validated by the ship’s Executive Officer to be a qualified watch stander and was able to do supervised Undocking Procedure. Such early qualification was an assurance of the trust and confidence of ship leadership on my attitude towards ship’s handling and was validated in my last junior billet as not only the Engineering and Damage Control Officer but at the same time the Executive Officer of an LST with additional functions as Operation and Navigation Officer. I missed those times, when due to lack of crew manning, I was the only one standing watch on the bridge during night navigation with the moon above me, the sea around me, the horizon ahead of me and hope of tomorrow in my sights.

    From initial shipboard billet with all ship assignments to “Ready for Sea” or Operational vessels under Patrol Force and Service Force, I went for land-based assignments which also saw me pursuing continuous education and skills acquisition. I pursued qualifications for Operations, Logistics, Comptrollership, Project Management, Civil Millitary Operations and Environmental Management. While performing the best I can in all my unit assignments, I was privileged to be sent (Privileged of the First Alternate) for International Military Education and Training Scholarship to the US Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California for a period of 18 months to secure a Masters in Business Administration Systems Inventory Management course. Nine months into the Program I was privileged to be able to complete my thesis while helping a senior officer to graduate within his program when his advisor agreed for him to partner with me.

    Upon graduation from NPS, I immediately went home to the Philippines to share and apply what I learned. I was assigned with the AFP Logistics Command under the Supply Depot as the Executive Officer and left said assignment as Commanding Officer, a billet and or position ahead of my other classmates. I went back to serve my mother unit, the Philippine Navy, as Deputy Director, Naval Modernization Program Office and eventually rose to the designation of Director, NMO, again ahead of my classmates in terms of Staff assignments. Not that I was in competition with any of them nor was I in competition with any seniors for that matter… Everything I did was based on objectivity, patriotic service and a quest for self improvement in all things including leadership in the service.

    But I guess for all one’s drive to nobly serve, all things must come to an end and decisions have to be made, particularly so, when in the Service, politics, envy, mistrust, threats also permeate the organization and the system. One’s big brothers in my eyes due to source of service were also the ones who perceived my methodologies of serving the Navy a threat. It isn’t surprising since as one forms part of middle grade officer corps all you hear about during discussions are career assignments and projections towards higher ranks and position.

    So, as Naval Modernization Office was deactivated, I also decided to fade from the Naval Service through retirement – 25 years (including the Academy) of Service. In summary, that is what happened after I left the Academy. It’s a different story as to “What Happened After I left the Service” although the quick response would be “No Regrets.”

    On the second question – “where have you been all these years?”

    Well, so far, all these years, I’ve been in the Service and now a private citizen. Truth be told, I still feel the after taste, bitter and sweet, of leaving the service for which the noble Academy has painstakingly prepared me for. However, being a private citizen allows me to also appreciate what I did during my time in the military and at the same time continue to love our country and strive to always be part of the solution in making it a better, if not best, country for the future Filipino generation. Service to country does not end when one leaves the military service… it will always be a continuing struggle and a continued push forward. It ia a struggle that all must take part in lest we be accused by the future Filipinos that we sold their future for the present frivolities and to serve our present interest. So, where have I been all these years? I have always been here… still doing the best I can in all things I do… still decisive to be part of solution rather than a problem… still a patriotic soul to our one and only Philippines.
    – August 1, 2017

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