Senate President Pro Tempore Blas F. Ople asked yesterday the Department of National Defense (DND) to redirect the military's training and tactics from fighting conventional wars to fighting guerrilla skirmishes to meet head on the terrorist Abu Sayyaf group which continues to hold its kidnap victims in the jungles of Basilan.
"The weakness of the military in arms and technology has been demonstrated dramatically in its pursuit of the Abu Sayyaf bandits. This cannot go on forever," Ople said as he called on the Arroyo administration to hasten the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and give more muscle to the military.
Ople said Congress has voted funds for the modernization of the military which is a critical step in strengthening the country's security and stability.
Modernization, Ople explained, does not call for sophisticated weapons and state-of-the-art military hardware but "good trucks, good tanks, good weapons, and dependable ships and aircraft."
In a related development, Ople said public outrage against organized terrorism of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) will spell the doom of the leftist movement and spark a backlash against Asia's oldest insurgency.
"The CCP, through the New People's Army (NPA) has institutionalized professional assassination in the name of the people's liberation," Ople said as he noted that National Democratic Front (NDF) leader Luis Jalandoni had gloated over the killing of three public leaders in the last two months. …