FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN/01/10/05
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio
IS THERE JUSTICE IN THE PHILIPPINES?
The Philippine Tribune, a most respected news daily in the Philippines because of its unbiased and fearless reporting, today writes: “It was not only former Commission on Elections Commissioner Virgilio “Garci” Garcillano that President Arroyo had been caught speaking with on the wiretapped compact discs about the poll-rigging operations to ensure her victory in 2004, but she also did the same with another high-ranking Comelec official, an intelligence operative from the Intelligence Service of the Armed Forces of the Philippines(Isafp) yesterday disclosed to the Tribune, on the usual condition of anonymity.” The same report points to a top official of the Comelec, perhaps higher than “Garci,” who “had convinced Mrs. Arroyo to appoint Garcillano as commissioner, to serve as a smokescreen for the illegal activities that the high-ranking election official will be engaging.” These new revelations if proven will immediately put closure to the Arroyo-Garcillano conspiracy to rig the 2004 presidential vote and signal the beginning of the post-Arroyo regime.
Who is this high-ranking election official? He or she should be quickly exposed, prosecuted, and convicted. There is no more time for delay since the Filipino people, the poor victims of government corruption, are getting hungrier and hungrier. History has shown that intense hunger and poverty can turn the masses into a killing machine and turn the Philippines into a “killing fields”
Those who received “blood money” or spoils of corruption from the Arroyo regime will try to save Malacanang by hook or by crook because when Gloria sinks to the ground, they will follow. Under these deteriorating economic and social conditions of the Filipino masses, it’s definitely not “time to move on” but it’s JUDGMENT TIME: CRIME STILL DOES NOT PAY. LET THE WHEEL OF JUSTICE GRIND.