Soldiers' wives irked over alleged military corruption

By Niña Corpuz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 02 2011 07:51 PM | Updated as of Feb 03 2011 03:51 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Stories about the luxurious lifestyle of the wives of retired generals Carlos Garcia and Angelo Reyes have irked the wives of ordinary soldiers.

While ordinary soldiers put their lives on the line, the wives of the 2 former top military officials allegedly got thousands of pesos in shopping money.

Shirley Regua cried when she recalled what happened to her husband, Corporal Adriano Regua, who died while rescuing Ondoy victims in Laguna.

"Bakit sila ganun? Habang maraming buhay ng sundalo ang nasasakripisyo?” she said.

Normini Caneba and Edita Galising, who are also wives of ordinary soldiers, couldn't help but feel bad about stories on the alleged excessive lifestyle of some generals' wives.

"Ganun pala, winaldas nila, dapat man lang ma-konsiyensya sila,” said Edita Galising.

"Masakit, sila pala pa-shopping shopping lang," said Normini Caneba.

They are also saddened by the negative image that the Armed Forces is getting because of the issue.

Shirley insisted that not all who serve in the military are abusive.

She said she knew Daisy Bangit and Bibeth Ibrado, the wives of former chiefs of staff. "Madali silang lapitan, simpleng maybahay lang, simple."

Shirley, Normini, and Edita want the guilty to pay for their crimes, but they also believe there are still many honest people in the Armed Forces.

"Ang kasalanan ng iilan, ay hindi kasalanan ng lahat," said Shirley.

On Tuesday, Reyes denied revelations of former budget officer George Rabusa that his wife received thousands of dollars in shopping money.

Reyes has filed a libel case against Rabusa.