From a retired Air Force general who is still raging over the betrayal of those who didn't lift a finger to save the SAF44.
"For 2 years, I kept my outrage to myself on the Mamasapano incident. With nobody punished on its 2nd yeartoday, however, I cannot anymore contain my outrage I have to publicly speak up.
As a former Air Force helicopter pilot deployed in the field, my crew and I were always on the alert. When calls forfrom engaged or Marine ground forces were received, we were up in the air in no time at all and delivered the required - be it aerial fire support or close air support, medical or casualty evacuation, food or ammo resupply, transport of reinforcement troops, etc. We did these to the ground troops despite them coming from different branches of service. We did these even if we sometimes have to violate Air Force regulations such as flying at night, during inclement weather, flying without a buddy , extremely dangerous combat situations, etc. We did these even when there were no prior coordination to us by the ground troops on their operation, and we had to improvise in order to locate them to support them. We did these even when there were no orders yet from air force commanders for us to fly and conduct the missions. We did these even if our helicopters were riddled with bullet holes after every mission.
These are the reasons why I cannot anymore contain my outrage on the Mamasapano incident where 44 precious lives of soldiers/policemen comrades were lost.
There were PAF helicopters and close air support aircraft in Zamboanga and Davao on that day yet not a single aircraft flew to support the SAF. Not even for persuasion flights. Why? The Air Force commanders said there was no order for them to dispatch the. Bullshit! I would have hanged myself if I was the Air Force commander. A US helicopter picked up the dead and wounded instead of a Philippine Air Force helicopter. Son of a gun!
The request for support by the SAF was not an ordinary request for assistance. It was an S.O.S. It was for a rescue. The troops were sitting ducks and were being slaughtered, some with their heads decapitated - the massacres were even being witnessed via US drone monitor by a president at the 3rd Air Division headquarters in Zamboanga City.