Our soldiers are dying for us-A A +A
By Ben Emata
From Across the Seas
Wednesday, September 25, 2013
THE standoff in Zamboanga City between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) is a clear display of how our soldiers fight and die for us. A lot of them have already gone to their graves performing their duties to protect the Filipino people against all kinds of bad elements that try to topple down our government.
We read by way of the media the exploits of our fighters who sincerely and devotedly hold on to their grounds until they breathed their last. And we see it clearly that they are winning the battles against rebels who engaged them fiercely day and night.
Now is the time that we should think about how our soldiers should be treated better for their diligence and devotion to defend our constitution. We know for a fact that many of them were hungry and sleepless while in the battle zones. While we need them so much to protect us, they too need us for support, spiritually and financially. They need our understanding, support and prayer for their lives. This we must react to and give them our wholehearted backing no matter what. We must move forward too and push them whatever way to give them more vigor and fighting spirit.
I understand our soldiers are lowly paid compared to other government employees who work in offices and enjoy two lunch breaks a day, engaging in disappearing acts, indulging in corruption, committing thievery in the service and so many other crimes they continuously break into. While their counterparts in the service enjoy getting better pay, the former bravely face the sight of explosions, fireworks in the battlefields and non-stop gunfire by warriors. In war, soldiers miss their meals, water to drink and all other personal needs like seeing their families.
We need to understand our soldiers. We have to elevate their salaries and wages, other benefits and time of work. There should be bigger benefits and other privileges to support them and their families. We should rally behind them for better income especially when they are fighting in a war. And when they die in line of duty, their children should not be left behind unattended. They should be helped in their struggle for life as well as going on with their educational ambitions. There should be special care for their young ones until they reach adult age.
In this way when they die in war, their families will not suffer so much against deprivation and loss of income. If we can afford to lose billions of pesos to corrupt individuals in the system, we should think about our soldiers who are ready to die for us twenty four hours a day. I urge our lawmakers to file bills that would improve the lives of our soldiers and their families especially during the time when they fall into their graves as a consequence of dangerous service.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on September 25, 2013.