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Laughing stock of Asia : Gordon fears ‘Operation Entebbe’ could happen in PH due to weak military

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Senator Richard Gordon is worried that the Philippines could have an “Operation Entebbe” in its hands if it does not improve military equipment and training to fight terrorists, insurgents, and foreign invaders.

In a statement, Gordon said it was possible that countries like Indonesia and Malaysia would enter Philippine territory to rescue their abducted citizens should the Philippine government’s intelligence gathering capability not improve to end the Abu Sayyaf Group’s banditry.

“Baka mangyari dito yung gaya sa Operation Entebbe, na isang successful counter-terrorist hostage-rescue mission carried out by commandos of the Israel Defense Forces at Entebbe Airport in Uganda on July 4, 1976. They flew from Israel to Uganda in Africa and liberated the Israeli hostages. Nag-mukhang tanga iyong Uganda. Baka mamaya kapag di pa rin napatigil ang pag-abduct at pag-behead ng Abu Sayyaf, gawin din sa atin iyon.” Gordon said.

He said the military’s capability was sorely lacking due to lack of equipmnt and poor training.

“We have two major insurgencies in the country – NPA at sa Mindanao, dati may MNLF, naging MILF, tapos nagkaroon ng Abu Sayyaf or ASG. Ngayon meron pang BIFF, lahat na yata ng letters sa alphabet,” said Gordon.

“How can we defend our territory from foreign threats when we apparently cannot completely stop the insurgents? Kung magkagulo tayo doon sa tinatawag nating Spratlys, makakalaban ba tayo? So, importante na palakasin natin ang ating military,” he added.