Military officials had better elaborate, fast, on their declaration to allow up to 10,000 soldiers to watch live at three key Armed Forces headquarters Rep. Manny Pacquiao’s fight tomorrow with Shane Mosley.
Especially on the exact READINESS of these soldiers to respond to terrorist attacks by Osama Bin Laden’s boys at A MOMENT’S NOTICE.
Otherwise, they had better identify now who must be blamed in case of trouble or, hopefully not, a bloodbath. And don’t go out of your homes during the bout, boys and girls.
Al Qaeda itself has CONFIRMED THE DEATH of Bin Laden. It has vowed revenge on the US, and its allies, of which the Philippines is one.
So what if Bin Laden’s minions do ATTACK, especially at the HEIGHT OF THE BOUT? Far, and I mean kilometers away, from the venues of the fight telecast – Camp Aguinaldo, the Army headquarters in Tagig and the Navy headquarters along Roxas Blvd?
What if Bin Laden’s men strike at Malabon or Navotas, which are some 10 kilometers away from the Navy headquarters and farther away from Camp Aguinaldo and the Army home in Tagig?
Or at Southmall in Las Pinas which is more than 10 kilometers away from all three installations?
Armed Forces officials had better assure us, with DETAILS and not just with words, HOW FAST can our soldiers and sailors RESPOND to any mayhem.
It’s common sense that bad guys strike at targets WITH THE LEAST number of soldiers or policemen, at a time when they are focused on something else and at areas least expected to be attacked.
The Rizal Day bombing of an LRT train in Manila years ago fits all these three criteria. Think about it.
II’m not belittling the significance of Pacquiao’s fight. I’m one with the entire country in wishing him a quick, decisive victory. What I can’t accept is PUBLIC SAFETY is taking a backseat, even for a few hours, to his continued quest for riches and glory.
Anyway you look at it, 10,000 soldiers and sailors are 10,000 soldiers and sailors, a MONSTER relief for demons out for chaos and a big kill.
Our safety is MUCH, MUCH MORE IMPORTANT than Pacquiao. IT SHOULD ALWAYS BE. 30