MANILA - "Three cheers for Sgt Pamittan! Hepehep? Hooray! Hepehep? Hooray! Hepehep? Hooray!"
With raised fists, Armed Forces chief of staff General Gregorio Pio Catapang Junior led the assembly of officers into cheering for the member of the military police who practiced restraint when he was shoved by German national Marc Sueselbeck inside Camp Aguinaldo last week.
Technical Sergeant Mariano Pamittan was given a plaque of recognition by Catapang at the general headquarters of the AFP.
Catapang said it is very hard for a soldier to be pushed and not push back.
The Armed Forces chief honored the soldier in the midst of criticism that the AFP is lacking in compassion and empathy for the family of slain Filipino transgender woman Jennifer Laude, whose family entered the AFP in an attempt to approach the detention facility of Private First Class Joseph Scott Pemberton, the US Marine accused of killing Laude.
Sueselbeck and Marilou Laude, Jennifer's sister, climbed the perimeter fence of the US-controlled JUSMAG compound, demanding to see Pemberton.