I wish to correct the wrong impressions presented by your editorial "Blame It on Your Buddies" (Nov. 23).
1. Complaints of many Filipinos about the reliability of the UH-1 helicopters should not be confused for "Yankee-bashing" and as blaming the United States for "many of its (Philippines) problems in confronting its Communist led insurgency." People could hardly be blamed for worrying about the safety of their military personnel, considering the five UH-1 crashes in three months that resulted in the death of two generals and other officers. Besides, they paid for the helicopters and they have the inherent right to question the quality of the product they receive.
2. One must be rid with the mind-set that the crashes were merely caused by "maintenance" problems. Those UH-1 have only been recently delivered and if they were in such terrific condition they would not have broken down as easily. This point bothers people and will most likely persist unless those fatal crashes stop.
3. Filipinos consider the insurgency-related problems as their own responsibility and do not wish to "pass the buck," so to say, to their American friends. In fact, our military leaders on many occasions declared that they would be more effective in dealing with such problems by using Philippine-made solutions.