Ms. David: "The truth is that soldiers never have, and never will, fight and kill for such high-flown ideals as “democracy,” “freedom,” “the government,” or even “the homeland.” They take up arms and engage in combat mainly because that is their job and that is what they trained for. But what moves them is not some abstract principle or loyalty, but rather the very human instinct first, not to get killed; and second, to protect the men and women they fight with. In an age before the military became gender-integrated, soldiers considered each other “buddies” and, throughout the centuries, a soldier’s loyalty and bravado were expended for the sake of one’s buddies, for making sure they all came out of the battlefield alive."She claims to have come by this epiphany from watching war movies. (In between huge gulps of soda pop and buttered popcorn, I guess?) Oh and you know what Rina has been saying soldiers do when they aren't busy trying not to get killed? Yup. They go on brutal gang rapes of helpless Filipino women.
Well, freedom of expression allows anyone with two-bit opinion column to blurt out whatever blithering idiocies are in their heads. But what it reveals about what is in their hearts is what depresses me. She may castigate Gloria Macapagal Arroyo for her governance, but Rina Jimenez David is no different than GMA, who doesn't attend the funerals of Filipino-American soldiers either. Or honor their memory, because Rina David essentially believes in nothing.