A General’s ‘Golden Parachute’ And The Ampatuan Trial
In the news:
The military official who refused to provide security to the ill-fated convoy in the Maguindanao massacre case has been moved to a higher position.
Maj. Gen. Alfredo Cayton, formerly the chief of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, on Monday assumed the position of Army vice commander following the recommendation of the Armed Forces’ Board of Generals.
Cayton – along with Col. Medardo Geslani, commander of the Army’s 601st Brigade – were relieved in the wake of the Nov. 23 massacre of at least 57 people, most of them women and journalists, in Ampatuan town, Maguindanao.
A military investigation cleared Cayton and Geslani of any liability. The two said they rejected the request for security because of the limited number of available soldiers.
If this gets your dander up, the further angle is that the ood general is actually reaching the mandatory military service retirement age of 56 on Valentines Day.
Then following custom, General Cayton will actually get a further one rank promotion which will be the basis for his retirement gratuities!!!
So what has really happened is he’s being given a ‘golden parachute’ by the Arroyo government .
I am sure General Cayton is a professional soldier who’s served the nation well.
But this last episode: his failure to provide security for the ill-fated convoy of the 57 November 23 Maguindanao massacre victims tragically defines him in the public mind
The ‘not guilty’ plea entered yesterday by prime suspect Andal Ampatuan Jr was thoroughtly expected.
In my book, this Cayton promotion IS the bigger story.
Talk about rubbing salt, and pouring vinegar on a national wound!!!