SoCal Filipinos support PNoy in Mamasapano fallout

LOS ANGELES – Filipino American community leaders, some with Mindanao and military roots, are calling the presumed death of Zulkifli Abdhir aka Marwan a mission accomplished.

“There were so many casualties but the bottom line is that the mission is over,” said Eddie Dela Quarda. “So many troops made the ultimate sacrifice but the mission was accomplished.”

The violent encounter that left 44 PNP SAF troops dead in Maguindanao has caused some backlash against President Aquino with some calling for his impeachment and fears of a possible coup.

“I think the commander has taken responsibility of the 44,” said Art Garcia of the Fil-Am community of LA. “The buck stops there. But if you ask the president, that’s too much. I think that’s overboard asking the president to resign.”

Dr. Leo Pandac adds, “I don’t think the Filipinos would support at coup d’état. I think it’s only a few years left in his administration. We should allow him to finish his term.”

Despite the victory in the global war on terror, some people expressed fears that overseas Filipinos may become targets of Islamic militants seeking revenge.

“It’s a good thing but now the Philippines are being the target of the ISIS in Libya and other places because they are angry Osama Bin Laden of Southeast Asia was finally killed,” said Garcia.

The Filipino community plans on holding a memorial for the Fallen 44 on Feb. 25, which also falls on the anniversary of the EDSA Revolution.

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  • Generoso Magaoay
    6 February 2015 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    No Filipinos in their right mind would want any terrorist keep on killing innocent lives nor expect the worst of the President Ninoy Aquino III. What is bothersome to most of us is that a suspended PNP Chief was the pivotal point between the president and the PNPSAF. The rest were left outside of the box. However flowery the president’s speech is, it does not resolve the chaos that there is no coordination with other agencies such as the AFP and other members of the Aquino cabinet. If indeed General Purisima is the “architect” of this mission (given the fact that he is suspended”, then explain to all Filipinos the POOR PLANNING and COORDINATION that led into the loss of 44 lives.

  • Juan
    8 February 2015 at 1:32 am - Reply

    Fear of possible coup, puwede, galit ang Army, Air Force, Marines-Navy,lalo na ang mga Pulis.Pero pakulong muna ni PNOY si Binay sa pango-ngorakot. Kaya kayong mga military na may plano nang coup, kung si Binay lang ang papalit , huwag na. Kung susuportahan nang One world Gov’t(OWG)ang Coup, bagsak si PNOY.Remember the message of Pope Francis, stop the rampant corruption inside the government.Si Pope Francis ay isa sa mga spokeman nang OWG and he was elected by the OWG computer.

  • Mario
    9 February 2015 at 2:14 am - Reply

    Google; “Jorge Mario Bergalio/Washington Pope” Pope Francis grew-up on military junta. I wish the OWG will not support a military junta form of gov’t in PH.

    • Generoso Magaoay
      9 February 2015 at 7:06 pm - Reply

      Anyone can always find an article using google, but the question is, is/are the articles written without bias. Are the references to this articles verifiable and at least properly referenced. Are these articles peered reviewed? Or are they circulated and repeated with a “twist” with some CHEAP COWARDLY BLOGGING? Most people enjoys blogging and casting opinions even without real facts. So to say, people are easily misled and just join the flow…