“Fourteen Marines were killed and 19 were wounded in action, some of them maimed for life. That was 43 years ago. Since then, we have lost over 153,000 lives. And there is no conclusion yet to this war,” Sen. Biazon.

The fatalities include not just soldiers, policemen, and rebels, but civilians as well. The war has made countless wives widows, and left many children orphaned.

“Of course, soldiers feel fear on the battlefield. The only thing worse is having to tell a mother her son died, or writing wives about their (slain) husbands.”

P123 billion had been spent on combat expenses like ammunition, fuel, and equipment in the last four decades.

“Instead of using the money to build schools, hospitals, roads and irrigation systems, billions were spent for Filipinos to kill fellow Filipinos.