By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo told the Department of National Defense (DND) not to turn soldiers into errand boys.
Tulfo emphasized the importance of keeping military morale high.
“Let me remind you, guys, na kahit na gaano kaganda yung ating mga military hardware equipment, it is as good as the people behind them, yung mga taong nag o-operate noon sa dapat high-morale yun mga tauhan natin,” Tulfo said in a hearing of Senate finance subcommittee.
“And having said that kasi may na observe ako, a couple of years ago, yun bang mga pupunta ka sa bahay ng mga heneral, ginagawang boy yung mga sundalo. Huwag naman po. And I know that for a fact, and you guys can’t deny that,” he added.
Tulfo also emphasized that the soldiers’ job is to protect Filipinos and not make them slaves.
“Ang mga sundalo po trinain yan, nag invest yung ating gobyerno kung pano humawak ng baril, pano dumepensa para labanan yung mag enemy forces to defend our country, kung papano sila humawak ng maayos ng baril, hindi po para humawak ng walis,” he said.
“We should stop that practice, Secretary. Can you assure me? Ayoko na pong marinig yan, please?” the senator added. (ai/mtvn)