‘The insult is most felt by the upright and God-fearing generals who hardly crave for mansions and mistresses in their still long careers, and should today be speaking out against this open affront to their name and character.’
THE cell sites of Chinese telecom Dito in military camps will test the mettle of the Armed Forces in how to deal with a big threat to our national security. It is not as if an exotic country such as Maldives is going to spy on our military. President Duterte favored China that has long threatened the US military dominance in the Asia-Pacific region.
It is most likely that Washington is now incensed over China’s possible bare-faced access to our government’s security information and to classified US intelligence communication and military operations of a close ally in the region.
Under the agreement, Dito’s planned towers at military camps should be in the same location as those of Smart and Globe. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has implied the local telcos may deter Dito from spying. The military, meanwhile, is assured of “payment in kind” for the upgrade of its equipment and its technological capacity, which AFP spokesman Maj. Gen. Edgard Arevalo didn’t feel right saying. Did he think that it amounted to an offer of bribery to the Armed Forces?
More military officials have been speaking out against Chinese aggression at the West Philippine Sea and the list now includes the AFP Southern Luzon Commander who, before the Senate Defense and National Security, practically dressed down the sitting Presidents for the lack of political will in warding off the “invaders.” The cell sites issue has indeed elicited a growing level of agitation among the senior officers, prompting the President to return the gesture with “salapi ang pinakakain ko sa mga heneral.” The insult is most felt by the upright and God-fearing generals who hardly crave for mansions and mistresses in their still long careers, and should today be speaking out against this open affront to their name and character.
Most military generals in our country are still proud that they can associate themselves with the US military legacy espoused by the distinguished Gen. Douglas MacArthur – “Duty, Honor, Country.” Most of MacArthur’s wartime victories are still unparalleled in modern history as iconic examples of ingenuity, strategy and boldness. But it also had to take countless study grants and fellowships at prominent universities and institutions as well as free travels to numerous key American cities, accommodations at five-star hotels, and hefty travel and food allowances. With such abundant privileges, it was not difficult for our military officers to hold the US armed forces in high esteem, as well as to appreciate American culture and way of life.
Leftist leaders had been part of the so-called USIS Visitors’ Program that provided them a broader view of American governance, its history and its people. A militant youth leader relented to the gracious and warm fellowship of Washington officials and seeing for himself American progress and human development from essential Christian ethics became an exhilarating experience that defused his fiery ideological leanings. There is no space whatsoever in the equation of Philippine-US military relations and fellowships for any recognition of any false contribution from the Chinese mainland.
The dumbest thing facing the military leadership is almost laughable – the defense and military establishment embracing utmost secrecy with imaginable resources to protect and preserve classified communication and information to find out one day that, right under its nose, they have fallen into the hands of the Chinese government. The Chinese Communist Party can never be trusted with its deep apparatus aimed at controlling business and industry to try to rule the world.