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ESPRIT DE CORPS

Auraeus Solito

 MGA TAUHAN

Cadet Major MAXIMO MENDOZA FAVILA JR., 17,

            “Mac”, S3, Operations and Training Officer

            gayot, guwapo, fourth-year high school

Cadet Private Fourth Class ENRICO ABELARDO EDWARD MARTIN RODRIGUEZ SARMIENTO, 15, “Abel”, paborito ni Major Favila, idolo si

Major Favila, okay lang ang katawan, cute, third year high school

 

 

SETTING

Isang maliit na interrogations room sa military headquarters sa isang paaralan, 3:30, sabado ng Pebrero, patapos na ang training.

 

KAILANGAN SA DULA

Ang mga tauhan ay dapat nakakumpletong uniporme na pang-training.  Kailangan ng riple, isang envelope na puro assignment at bench na nasa stage right.

 

INTRO

Pagbukas ng ilaw, makikita si Private Sarmiento na nakasaludo kay Major Favila, na nakatalikod sa kanya at nakaupo sa bench.

 

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Medyo mahina ang boses)  Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, reporting for duty, sir.  (Di papansinin ni Maj. Favila.  Uulitin pero mahina pa rin)  Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, reporting for duty, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Sisigaw)  Louder!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Uulitin pero masyadong mabilis)  Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, reporting for duty, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Sisigaw)  Louder not faster!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Malakas)  )  Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, reporting for duty, sir.

 

(Di papansinin at tatayo, haharap kay Pvt Sarmiento, maglalakad, papunta kay Pvt Sarmiento, bibilangin ang steps)

 

MAJ FAVILA             One!  Two!  Three!  … Four! 

(Halatang tense si Pvt Sarmiento)  How would you classify the interrogation room.  Indoors or outdoors?

 

PVT SARMIENTO             Sir, indoors, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ilang steps ba dapat pag indoors!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, upon entering, dapat three steps from the highest ranking officer in the room.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ilan yang nabilang kong steps?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, four steps, sir (mahina)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Louder!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, four steps, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ulitin mo!

 

(Babalik sa bench.  Magwa-one step forward si Pvt Sarmiento.)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, reporting for duty, sir.

 

(Tatayo si Maj Favila at ia-acknowledge ang saludo)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Titingin sa relo)  Anong oras na, kadete?

 

PVT SARMIENTO             Sir, it’s fifteen hundred and thirty hours, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Anong oras kita pinapa-report?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, three-twenty, sir!  I mean, sir, fifteen hundred and twenty hours, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             You are ten minutes late!  Make ten!

 

(Bibitawan ni Pvt Sarmiento ang dalang envelope at riple, tapos magpu-push-ups nang sampung beses.  Habang ginagawa ito, makikitang ino-obserbahan ni Maj Favila si Pvt Sarmiento.  Ito ay tatayo at mag-a-attention.)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, punishment accomplished, sir!

 

(Humihingal.)  (Lalapit si Maj. Favila)

MAJ FAVILA             Where are your assignments, Pvt Sarmiento ?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Iaabot ang envelope)  Sir, here, sir.  (Kukunin ni Maj Favila ang envelope at titingnan ang laman)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Kumpleto ba ito?

PVT SARMIENTO Sir, ah … yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Titingnan isa-isa.  Duties of all commissioned officers, duties of the non-commissioned officer, reactions to the commissioned officer, aspirations…)  Teka!  Kulang ito!  Wala ka nong revision of the Poop Sheets.  (Hindi sasagot si Pvt Sarmiento)  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  As an S3 Aspirant, you should master all the Poop Sheets, and it’s a great challenge to revise it in your own words.

 

PVT SARMIENTO Sir, sorry, sir.  Kasi, sir, I don’t have time, sir.  Exams na next week, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             And I have no time for you!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, I’ll submit it Monday, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okay, submit it on Monday and submit five demerits, too, at seven hundred hours sharp!  (Titingin sa loob ng envelope at ilalabas ang isang papel)  (Babasahin)  Reaction to Major Maximo Mendoza Favila Jr. S3, Operations and Training Officer.  (Babasahing pakutya)  He is my favorite officer.  Sipsep!  Nagpapalakas ka yata!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.  Totoo lahat yang nakasulat diyan, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Itutuloy)  Gayot…siya ang pinakagayot na officer, pinakamalaki ang katawan.  Pinaka-snappy mag-salute, pinaka-magaling mag-march.  Okey ang posture at porma.  One of the best commanding voices.  Magaling mag-advice.  He cares.  (Galit ang boses)  Nagpapalakas ka talaga, Private Sarmiento, just because I’m your number one aspiration.  And I don’t like asslickers!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, kaya nga ako nag-aspire sa position ninyo dahil idolo ko kayo.  At hindi lang naman ako sa buong battalion ang bilib sa inyo, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             How about your other aspirations?  Ginagalingan mo rin ba?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, actually nag-quit na ako sa dalawa kong aspirations because I want to concentrate on your position, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             So you really want my position.  Are you worth it?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Are you worth it compared to my other aspirants?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Tapos ko na silang i-interrogate.  Give me reasons kung bakit ikaw ang dapat na makakuha ng S3 position as compared to my other aspirants.  (Kukunin ang listahan sa bulsa) (Babasahin)  Si Private Medina…

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, mas mataas ang theoreticals ko, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Si Private Cruz…

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, mas marami ang merits ko, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Si Private Abarra…

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, mas mataas ako diyan, pandekekak yan, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Si Private Galvez…

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, mas gayot ako, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Si Private Guerrero…

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, mas cute ako, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Sa tingin mo mas guwapo ka ?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Payabang)  Sir, ako yata ang crush ng batch namin ayon sa survey, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Alam ko.  Ako rin, crush ng batch ko…at ng buong school ayon sa school organ.  Sa tingin mo, talagang guwapo ka?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Bilib)  Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Di ka guwapo, cute ka lang.  Ako ang guwapo.  Am I right, Private Sarmiento ?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mahina)  Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             At sa S3 position, dapat guwapo.  Wala pang pangit na S3.  Tradition ng corps na laging guwapo.  That’s one of the reasons why they have chosen me.  So do you think you’re qualified?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mayabang)  Sir, definitely, sir.

 

(Pupunta sa likod ni Private Sarmiento si Major Favila at sisipain ang hawak na riple.  Halatang masasaktan si Private Sarmiento.)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Tsk, tsk, tsk!  Mahina ang hawak mo sa riple mo.  Di ba ang riple mo ang asawa mo?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mahina)  Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Your rifle is a part of you… (Oobserbahan ang riple)  at hindi mo inaalagaan.  Ano ba ang pangalan ng riple mo, ng asawa mo?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, si Cadette Private Fourth Class Ella Martine Angel Anne Santos Ricafrente, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Palait)  Bakit siya ?  Hindi naman maganda…pangit pa nga ?  Siguro, crush mo.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             E, bakit siya?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, wala, sir…close lang kami, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             E, sinong crush mo?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, frankly wala, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Wala kang type?  Hah!  Sabihin mo, bakla ka lang!  Ni minsan, hindi kita nakikitang lumiligaw o dumidiga sa chicks.  Pamacho-macho, pagayot-gayot ka, yun pala bakla ka lang !  Baka closet queen ka !

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Sisigaw, halatang naiinsulto)  Sir, no, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Hulaan mo kung sino ang naging syota ko?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mag-iisip)  Sir, si…Belay, sir?

 

MAJ FAVILA             Right, si Belay…(mag-iisip)…si Carol…si Brooke…si Rowena…and others, but I’ve already forgotten them.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Bilib na bilib)  Sir, okey na okey kayo, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             I’m just taking advantage of my looks.  Pero ikaw, hindi.  Siguro, bakla ka nga!  (Tahimik si Private Sarmiento, halatang inis na inis)  Ah, alam ko na, gagawa ako ng bagong cheer!  (Mag-iisip at isisigaw ang cheer na pakutya)

 

                                    Lahat ng chicks ay humihinto

                                    Kay Private Abel Sarmiento

                                    Kinikilig sila to death

                                    But now they want to forget

                                    Ay naku, buwisit talaga

                                    Kasi siya’y bakla pala!!!

 

(Hahalakhak.  Makikitang galit na galit si Private Sarmiento.  Iiba ang tono ng boses ni Major Favila.  Magseseryoso.)

 

Do you think the whole corps is too hard on you, cadets ?  Kung iniisip mong sadista kami, you’re wrong.  Mas sadista sila last year.  Lenient kami compared to them.  Kilala mo yung S3 last year?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.  Si Major Butch del Rosario, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Seryoso)  Hindi mo ba alam na pinahirapan ako nyan ng todo-todo?  Pinalangoy ako dyan…dyan sa mabahong creek natin.  Pinakain pa ako ng ipis…gumagalaw pa !  Tapos, noong turnover ceremonies na, he told me straight, ‘Hindi kita pinili’.  I was his last choice.  The whole corps was for me, except the one I was aspiring for.  (tatahimik)  Kaya wag na wag mong maiisip na sadista ako.  I-compare mo ang number ng officers sa number ng trainees.  Di ba’t marami kayong makakatapos ngayon?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Sa aming batch, ang daming nag-quit sa sobrang hirap.  We didn’t want this to happen to our corps.  Kaya tolerant kami ngayon.  (Pupulutin ang riple at iaabot kay Private Sarmiento)  Hubarin mo ang jacket mo at ang init-init dito sa interrogation room.  (Huhubarin ni Private Sarmiento ang military jacket niya.  Tutulungan ni Major Favila, itutupi at ilalagay sa bench.  Huhubarin din ni Major Favila ang jacket niya.)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, thank you, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Titingnan ang isang listahan)  Mukhang mababa ka sa last theoreticals.  Tsk, tsk, tsk.  I’m disappointed.  Ngayon, nag-aaral ka na ba?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, ahh, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA:              Okay, I’ll test you.  Because as S3 you should master all the Poop Sheets.  What’s military discipline?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, military discipline is the mental attitude and state of training which renders obedience and proper conduct instinctively under all conditions.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ah!  The easiest to memorize , but the most important of all items in the military.  As officers, the hardest thing to maintain is discipline in the corps.  Kaya mo ba yan?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             May disiplina ka ba?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             You have to have self-discipline.  Kasi, pag officer ka na, you’ll have the power and popularity.  Madali mong makukuha ang crush mo, especially kung nagte-training.  Avoid this.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Sinasabi mo lang yan ngayon.  Baka kung S3 ka na, you will take advantage of all the girls that you can get for your … sexual needs.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.  I’ll treat my position with responsibility, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okay, what’s military courtesy?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, ahh, military courtesy is the expression or manifestation of consideration for others.

 

MAJ FAVILA             And what do you think is the greatest manifestation of this?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, I think it’s … love, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             And how would you express love, physically?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, by …kissing, by hugging, by touching…

 

MAJ FAVILA             How about fucking?  I think that’s a good manifestation.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir…I mean if it’s done because of love, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okay, what’s esprit de corps?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, it’s the moral and physical state of the unit, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             In your own words, explain it to me.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, it’s the … ahh, it’s the … ahh, it’s … sir, sorry, sir.  I can’t explain it, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Tsk, tsk, tsk!  Na-memorize mo ba lahat ng Poop Sheets?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Yung poem na “What’s a Kiss,” na-memorize mo ba?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.  It’s my favorite, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okay?  What’s a kiss?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, a kiss?  When all is said, what is a kiss?  An oath of allegiance taken at close proximity…

 

MAJ FAVILA             Have you made such an oath to anyone?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.  (Itutuloy)  A seal upon a confession…a rose red dot upon the letter “i” in loving…an instance of eternity murmuring like a bee…

 

MAJ FAVILA             Do you think this is an instance of eternity?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             You’re wrong, it is.  In fact, this is a good example of one.  Continue!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            A balmy communion with the flavor of flowers…a fashion of inhaling each other’s heart and …

 

MAJ FAVILA             have you inhaled anyone’s heart?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, I haven’t, sir.  (Itutuloy)  Of tasting the brink of each other’s lips…and each other’s souls.  This, sir, is a kiss, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Show me what’s a kiss.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir?

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Sisigaw)  Show me what’s a kiss!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, ahh, gaya nung sa Daddy ko, sir?

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ewan ko sa iyo!  Basta show me what’s a kiss !

 

(Lalapit si Major Favila)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, okey, you ordered me, sir.  (hahalikan ng mahina ni Private Sarmiento si Major Favila sa pisngi)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Painsulto)  You call that a kiss ?!  I’ll show you what’s a kiss!!!  (hahawakan ang ulo ni Private Sarmiento at ibababa at ipi-french kiss nang matagal.  Pagkatapos, tatalikod si Private Sarmiento at pupunasan ang labi.  Mukhang pahiyang-pahiya.)  That’s a kiss !  (Payabang)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Gulat)  Sir, ang galling nyo palang humalik.  No wonder ang dami nyong syota, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Payabang)  Siyempre, Private Sarmiento.  Expert yata ito !  Okey, now give me the definition of a map.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, a map is a geographical representation of something.

 

MAJ FAVILA             So, in other words, it is a model of something.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Do you think my body is a good map for anatomy?

 

(Magpo-posing sa harap niya)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, ahh, puwede na, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Gayot ka ba, Private Sarmiento?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Sisigaw)  Sir, yes, sir !

 

MAJ FAVILA             Hubarin mo ang t-shirt mo.  (Huhubarin ni Private Sarmiento ang t-shirt niya.  Itatapat ang katawan niya kay Private Sarmiento)  Sa tingin mo, sinong mas gayot sa atin ?  (Ipi-flex ang muscles sa harap ni Private Sarmiento)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Di masyadong confident)  Sir, ahh, ako, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             That’s the attitude.  Dapat kang bilib sa sarili mo kahit di totoo.  Nagbo-body building ka ba ?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, no, sir.  Natural lang ang katawan ko, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Mas gayot pa rin ako!  Product yata yan ng pagpapasibak sa akin ng kahoy sa probinsya ng ama ko.  Junior yata ako.  (Tatahimik)  Natatapos mo bang palagi ang mga jogging around the campus?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.  Ni minsan hindi ako nag-fall out.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ilan ang kaya mong rounds?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, fifteen, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ahh, ako twenty lang.  Ilan ang kaya mong push-ups?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, fifteen, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Fifteen lang?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, weakness ko, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ahh, weakness mo.  Okey, make fifty.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, fifty, sir?

 

MAJ FAVILA             Oo, fifty!  At isisigaw mo ang counting!  (Ibababa ang riple at magpu-push ups habang inoobserbahan ni Major Favila)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, one, sir!  Sir, two, sir!  Sir, three, sir!  Sir!  … (Mapapansing bumabagal at humihina ang boses habang tumatagal) … Sir!  … sir, hindi ko na kaya, sir … (Mapapansing di na niya maitaas ang kanyang katawan)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okey, that’s enough!  Now make thirty sit-ups!  (Magsi-sit-ups si Private Sarmiento at hahawakan ni Major Favila ang mga paa niya para madalian.  Mapapansing inoobserbahan ni Major Favila ang katawan ni Private Sarmiento habang nagsi-sit-ups.)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, one, sir! … (hihina uli)  … Sir, ten, sir!  Sir, hindi ko na rin kaya, sir!  (Bibitawan ang paa at papatayuin)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ano ka bang klase, Private Sarmiento!  Hindi mo kayang mag-push-ups nang marami, hindi mo rin kayang magsit-ups !  Paano ka magiging S3!  Training officer pa naman iyan, dapat kaya mong lahat ng exercises!  (Mag-iisip at mapapangiti)  Aah, alam ko na kung ano ang kaya mo!  (Pakutya)  Pinapanood mo ba yung mga cadettes pag umaga?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Nakita mo ba yung punishment nila, yung squat jumps?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             So make fifty squat jumps!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Halatang-halatang insultong-insulto)  Sir, one, sir…(Pagtatawanan ni Major Favila.  Mapapansing naiiiyak na.)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okey, tama na!  Pagtatawanan)  Mukhang hirap na hirap ka pa rin, squat jumps na nga yan.  Bakla ka nga yata.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Sisigaw)  Sir, no, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Talaga?  Bato ka ba o … (Pabakla)  Batwo ?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Sisigaw ng matigas)  Sir, ako’y bato, sir !

 

MAJ FAVILA             Tama.  Bato ka nga … gemstone lang nga!  (Pabakla)  Ano ka ba, jade?  O ruby?  Baka naman turquoise?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (naiiyak)  Sir, no, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Kung bato ka nga talaga, dapat matigas ka!  Matigas ba ang tiyan mo?

 

MAJ FAVILA             (lalapit)  Ako, matigas.  O suntukin mo !  (Susuntukin)  Lakasan mo naman!  (Susuntukin)  Mas malakas!  (Susuntukin)  Isa pa!  (Susuntukin)  O, ikaw, kaya mo yon?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir …  I’ll try, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Hindi, walang try, try.  Dapat kaya mo!  Sige, hawakan mo yang belt mo…Okey…One!  (Susuntukin)  Two!  (Mapapansing mahihirapan si Pvt Sarmiento)  Three!  (Susuntukin nang sunod-sunod)  Four!  Five!  Six!  (matutumba.  Hingal na hingal, halatang pagod na pagod.  Mapapaiyak.)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Umiiyak)  Hindi ko na kaya…(Katahimikan)

 

(Makikitang nakatitig si Major Favila kay Private Sarmiento.  Nakaundo rito si Private Sarmiento.  Lalapit unti-unti si Major Favila.  Mapapansing tumutulo ang pawis ni Private Sarmiento.  Paglapit niya ay kukunin ang panyo sa bulsa at dahan-dahang pupunasan ang likod ni Private Sarmiento.  Luluhod si Major Favila at biglang yayakapin sa dibdib si Private Sarmiento.  Magugulat si Private Sarmiento at haharap kay Major Favila na nakatitig ng kakaibang tingin.  Hahawakan ni Private Sarmiento ang kamay ni Major Favila at malakas na aalisin.  Tatayo si Private Sarmiento at lalayo nang mabilis.  Magtitinginan ng matagal ang dalawa.  Galit ang sa mga mata ni Private Sarmiento at hiya ang sa mga mata ni Major Favila.  Matagal na katahimikan.)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Sisigaw)  Sumaludo ka sa akin!  (Di gagalaw si Private Sarmiento)  Binabastos mo ba ako?    Isipin mong mabuti, three weeks na lang.  Matatapos na ang training.  Malakas ang competition.  Mahirap pumili kung sino ang papalit sa akin.  You have to prove yourself !  You have to prove that you’re worth the position!  Either by the easy way, or the hard way!  Choose!  Three weeks na lang …  sayang …  Three weeks na lang!  (Lalapit si Private Sarmiento at sasaludo.  Ibibigay ang riple ni Major Favila)  Assume ‘agap’ position !  Now, squat !  (Mapapansing matigas ang boses)  I want you to answer all my questions in squat position!  Is that understood?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Halatang tinitiis at nilalabanan)  Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             What are the aims of military discipline?  Name them all!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, obedience, morale, teamwork…and proper conduct under all conditions.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Give me all the eleven common errors in rendering the hand salute.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, cap facing backward, sir…chewing gum, eating…fingers not extended and joined…left hand on pocket or belt, sir…not looking at the person being saluted, sir…saluting with hand gloves on, sir…when on the double, sir…when jacket is unbuttoned, sir…and when standing on one leg, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             I only counted ten.  Kulang ng isa.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (mag-iisip)  And, ahh, not at the proper distance from the person being saluted, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ah, the one you committed kanina.  (Kukunin ni Major Favila ang envelope at ilalabas ang Poop Sheet.  Maghahanap ng mahirap na tanong)  Okey, what are the six essentials of good shooting?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mukhang mahihirapan sa tanong)  Sir, ahh, number one, correct firing position…number two, correct gun sling…three, correct sighting and aiming… four, correct trigger squeeze…five, knowledge of proper sight and adjustment…and six, aaargghh…(Halatang ngawit na ngawit)… correct application of firing principles, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Ngawit ka na ba, Private Sarmiento?  (Pakutya)  Kaya mo pa ba?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (halatang tinitiis)  Sir, kayang-kaya pa, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Okey, last question.  What is the difference between Spotweld and Stockweld?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Nahihirapan)  Sir, Spotweld…is when the cheek is in firing contact with the right thumb…while Stockweld is when the butt of the rifle rests on the hollow of the shoulder…Sir, I can demonstrate it better than explain it, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             then demonstrate!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, ganito ang Spotweld…(mag-i-Spotweld position)…at ganito ang Stockweld.  (Mag-i-Stockweld position) (Mapapansin ni Major Favila na alam na alam ni Private Sarmiento ang poop sheets kaya ito’y itatabi sa bench)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Push-up position.  Move!  (Magpu-push-up position si Private Sarmiento, pati rin si Major Favila)  Okay, make ten conventional push-ups; then ten push-ups with clapping; then, ten one-hand push-ups!  Sasabayan kita!  (Sa una’y sabay sila pero pagtagal, babagal si Private Sarmiento at bibilis si Major Favila at oobserbahan sa bench si Private Sarmiento.  Mapapansin niyang hirap na hirap at mukhang di na nito kaya, pero pinipilit pa ring matapos)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Matatapos niya)  Sir, order accomplished, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             Sit-up position without support.  Sabay ulit tayo!  Paramihan!  Go!  (Sabay silang magsi-sit-ups.  Mapapansing mabilis si Major Favila at hihinto nang maaga.  Si Private Sarmiento ay magpapatuloy at pipiliting mas makarami.  Matatapos at tatayo.)  I made thirty sit-ups.  Ilan ang sa iyo?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, thirty-one, sir!

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Mapapangiti) Naalala mo nong first quarter, noong bago ka pa lang sa training, noong tsina-challenge ko ang Delta kung sino ang makakatalo sa akin sa bunong-braso, ikaw lang ang naglakas-loob na mag-challenge, pero talo ka pa rin kaagad.  Ngayon, kaya mo na ba akong talunin?

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, yes, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Magbunong-braso tayo!  (Magko-command)  Pahinga!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Salamat po, ginoo!  (Magbubunong braso sila sa bench.  Mapapansing matagal ang labanan.  Paminsan, malapit ng manalo si Major Favila, paminsan naman ay si Private Sarmiento.  Mapapansing nahihirapan din si Major Favila.  Pero sa huli ay mananalo rin si Major Favila)

 

MAJ FAVILA             Muntik mo na akong talunin.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Sir, pero talo mo pa rin naman ako, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Nakapahinga ka naman, so call me Mac and I’ll call you Abel, kung okay lang sa iyo.  (Tatango si Private Sarmiento)

 

PVT SARMIENTO            Pero, Mac, bakit ka bad trip, talo mo pa rin naman ako, ha ?

 

MAJ FAVILA             Hindi, Abel…kasi ang importante ay pinilit mo pa rin akong talunin kahit na alam mong matatalo kita (Matagal na katahimikan)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Magseseryoso uli)  Attention!  (maga-attention si Private Sarmiento)  Okey, so now…give me your own definition of esprit de corps.

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Mag-iisip nang matagal)  Sir, I think it is… not only the spirit of the body…the group spirit…but the sense of pride…honor…glory of our common interests…pero sa tingin ko, ang pinakaimportante ay ang pagrespeto natin sa sarili … at sa isa’t isa … no matter what hidden emotions we have …  I think esprit de corps is what binds the whole corps together .. it is something we adolescents are searching for … yearning for … ito ang dahilan kung bakit natapos ko… natapos namin… natapos mo … natapos natin … ang training na ito.  (Matagal na katahimikan)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Lalapit kay Private Sarmiento at hahawakan sa balikat)  Congrats, Abel…you’re going to get the position…you deserve it.  (Mapapangiti si Private Sarmiento)  (mapapansin ni Major Favila at magseseryoso)  No funny faces in training, cadet!  Our interrogation has ended!  Ask permission to be dismissed!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Maglalakad papalayo ng three steps)  Sir, Cadet Private Fourth-Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, requesting permission to be dismissed, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             Louder, not faster!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (malakas na malakas) Sir, Cadet Private Fourth-Class Enrico Abelardo Edward Martin Rodriguez Sarmiento, requesting permission to be dismissed, sir.

 

MAJ FAVILA             (Matatawa)  Ha!  Mahihirapang tandaan ng mga cadets next year ang full name and rank mo.  (Ia-acknowledge ang salute).  I want you to leave this room in three seconds.  One!  (Tatakbong palabas si Private Sarmiento)…Five!  Sobra nang dalawa!  Submit two demerits…Monday!

 

PVT SARMIENTO            (Maririnig ang boses)  Sir, yes, sir.  (Maiiwang nag-iisa si Major Favila.  Mapapansin niya ang ripple.  Lalapitan ng dahan-dahan.  Kukunin ito at yayakapin…at hahaplus-haplosin.  Biglang may maririnig na boses) … (mula sa labas) … Sir, Cadet Private Fourth Class Francisco Cruz Abarra, requesting permission to enter, sir!  (Hihinto sa paghaplos si Major Favila ng riple.  Tatayo at ilalagay ang riple ni Private Sarmiento sa tabi ng bench, kasama ng ibang riple.  Uupo sa bench si Major Favila)

 

MAJ FAVILA             (sisigaw)  Enter !  (ngingiti at lilipat  ng pag-upo na patalikod sa manonood.)

 

 

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