CAMP GEN EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City (DWDD) – Former Marine general now Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan finally launched his book on June 14 at Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
“‘Mandirigma: In Wartime and In Peace”, authored by renowned screenplay writer and film director Mauro Gia Samonte, talked about Balutan‘s early life, family, 37 years in the Marine corps, and his current post as GM.
“I never imagined that someday a book will be launched about me. As you all-know, I had a very humble beginning, growing up in the town of Zaragoza, Nueva Ecijia . I was third of five children, all boys. My father was a retired master sergeant and a World War ll veteran and my mother was a public school teacher who had no means to provide us with a life of affluence,” said Balutan in his message.
A graduate of Philippine Military Academy “Matikas” Class of 1983, Balutan is best remembered as the Marine general who defied president Gloria Macapagai-Arroyo.
He testified at the Senate about alleged election fraud in the 2004 presidential elections that then Arroyo won. He was a colonel then, assigned in Central Mindanao during that election.
A gag order was issued by the Malacanang ordering military officers not to appear before any Senate or Congressional hearings without seeking a written approval from the PresIdent, but Balutan defied the order and was charged in a military court for it.
“May this book serve as hope, inspiration, and challenge to everyone that great things emerge from humble beginnings, that the good thing that we do doesn’t go away, it stays; and to never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice, lying, and greed no matter how painful or difficult it is from the beginning,” said Balutan.
Under the Aquino administration, Balutan’s military career resurrected. He was also seen to head the Bureau of Correction (BuCor), but with a twist of fate, he landed as GM of PCSO.
I believe everyone has a choice between leaving a positive legacy or a negative one. Most people, like me, never consciously choose one or the other it just happens. And looking back at how i have lived my life, serving the country through all its ups and downs, l believe that the story of my life and service is the greatest legacy I can leave to my children and to the future generations,” Balutan ended. MCAG