Friday, September 30, 2005

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


How many more brave witnesses against Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo do the Filipino people need before they assert their sovereign power over her? As long as they allow her to maintain control of the Philippine Military and government funds, she will do everything to suppress the truth about her illegitimate presidency. With the evil character she has demonstrated, she could have descended from the line of the first thirteen Roman Emperors who all became demented with power.

The testimonies of two men of honor like Brig. Gen. Francisco Gudani, Assistant Superintendent`of the Philippine Military Academy and a highly respected Filipino Marine Officer and Lieut-Col. Alexander Balutan, Assistant Commandant of the PMA Officers Corp, given under oath before the Philippine Senate that they were ordered to engage in election fraud to assure Arroyo’s victory in the 2004 presidential elections are no doubt more than enough to justify a people’s move to drive Gloria and her hordes out of power. The testimony of a presumed dead man, Virgilio Garcillano, who was the master forger of the illegitimate leader, is no longer needed to convict the pretender to the Philippine presidency.

The two military leaders defied Gloria’s executive order to get a clearance from Malacanang before appearing at the Senate hearing. Because they regard it as an unlawful order issued by an illegitimate chief executive of the Philippine government. When Gen. Gudani told the press that he obeys God and not men, he really meant to say that the woman has no moral or political authority to issue executive orders. Good soldiers do not obey unlawful orders.

What is it that’s covering the eyes, the ears, and controlling the minds of Gloria’s political supporters to help her stay in power?

According to the latest report of the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, the Office of the Ombudsman and the Commission on Audit have records to show that the 1.8 billion pesos of the 3 billion government funds released to the Department of Agriculture were not used for agricultural development and assistance. Documents will show that the funds were diverted to local political leaders such as congressmen, governors, and mayors who are all supporters of Gloria. Some funds were given to certain foundations and ghost foundations and ultimately siphoned to the Gloria Arroyo campaign fund. I would agree to PCIJ’s assessment that if gambling lord Bong Pineda donated 300 million pesos of illegal money for Gloria’s campaign, the innocent poor Filpino masses in effect gave much more in billions of pesos.

From Gen. Gudani’s testimony, he said that a witness who wished to remain anonymous for now saw Mike Arroyo, Gloria’s husband, used a helicopter to carry two cartons of money in the amount of 500 million pesos to be distributed to military and election officials in Mindanao. This definitely will reinforce the latest investigative report of PCIJ on Gloria’s illegal use of government funds to cheat in the elections.

Yes, the three G’s – guns, goons, and gold – and not God put Gloria in power. But as history dictates, such foolish leaders do not stay long. Especially when there are such honorable men like Gen. Gudani and Lt.Col. Balutan who are ready to die for duty, honor, and integrity, there’s always hope for the Filipino people.


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

By Gonzalo M. Policarpio


A woman scorned is dangerous. She may kill those who rejected her offer of love or commit suicide. Spurned by her political opponents and the Filipino people, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, “President of the Philippines” now chose to retaliate and employ the “full force of the law” against her enemies. She defines her enemies or her “destabilizers” as those who refuse to support her illegitimate presidency.

Yet certain people never learned from mistakes of the past. Mrs. Arroyo is definitely one of them. She wants to follow the footsteps of the disgraced Philippine dictator, Ferdinand E. Marcos, who abridged the fundamental rights of the Filipino people. Straight from the mouth of a desperate pretender to the Philippine presidency, she exclaimed in one of her speeches: “I am tired of chasing bullies, around the school yard. Iyung mga tatanggap sa aking panawagang magkaisa, welcome. Iyung mga hindi tumatanggap at patuloy manggugulo, we - from the top to the barangay officials – will enforce the rule of law.”

“Our policy of maximum tolerance has been abused, these rights have become licentious, to the detriment of the peace and order and the welfare of the greater majority…”she continued her foolish cry. She was referring to the people’s rights to peaceably assemble, freedom of speech and expression, and to petition the government for redress of grievances. Judging from her eerie demeanor, a clairvoyant in the crowd may have felt her possession of Marcos’ restless spirit in time for the celebration of Marcos’ declaration of Martial Law in the Philippines on September 21, 1972.

It’s the Filipino people who have applied maximum tolerance toward a perceived impostor-ruler in their country. True to form, the people have behaved like the patient carabaos in the rice fields. They still wait patiently for a truthful answer in a public hearing from the accused politician charged with cheating, lying, and stealing and other criminal acts. They haven’t done anything violent or against law and order. But the accused managed to suppress the impeachment process by sheer technicalities. Now she also wants to suppress another constitutional process of peaceful public demonstrations by the people. If pushed and pulled to the limit, the carabao may finally gore the accused.

Arroyo’s supporters recently used the term “calibrated pre-emptive response” to be used towards what they perceive as “destabilizers.” Marcos during his time called it “subversives.” If the Filipino people now shout “never again” towards Martial Law or a variation of it, then to prove their will, a pre-emptive response may be countered by a pre-emptive strike.