Thursday, June 3, 2010


By: Elena Aben

Manila Bulletin, Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Marines detailed as security personnel during the May 10
elections in hotspot areas in Mindanao, particularly Sulu
province, proved the soldiers' honor and integrity when they
turned down bribe offers from politicians, an act which the
Armed Forces deemed worthy of recognition. Marine commandant
Maj. Gen. Juancho Sabban ordered the issuance of appropriate
awards to all Marine personnel who performed election security
duties in the region after a receiving a report from the Joint
Task Force Comet (JTF) in Western Mindanao Command (WesMinCom)
of the Marines who stood by commitment to protect the
credibility of the elections when they refused to heed to bribery
attempts that would have allowed cheating in the recent polls.
Marine Battalion Landing Team 5 (MBLT5) commanding officer
Lt. Col. Camilo Balutan reported there were numerous instances
that campaign personalities attempted to bribe the Marines who
were performing election-related duties particularly at the
Kaumpang Elementary School in Sulu. The unscupulous campaign
leaders of certain politicians reportedly offered huge amount of
money to the Marines in exchange of leaving the precincts.