Friday, June 30, 2006

From the Barrel of My Pen/05/03/06
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


Despite insurmountable questions of her legitimacy as president of the Philippines, Gloria Macagapal Arroyo recently issued executive orders and proclamations that were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court. Is she trying to be above the Constitution? If so, then she is in violation of the constitution and therefore subject to the appropriate judgment for such undemocratic and tyrannical behavior.


A secured border is indeed vital to any sovereign nation in order to protect itself from entry of undesirable and dangerous foreign travelers. But there will always be people who come to find a better life in America for themselves and their families. The history of the United States is a continuing inflow of immigrants from all over the world in search of the “promised land” or the land of milk and honey. And God has blessed our country with an abundant supply of natural resources and a well-developed economy. I believe God’s blessings will continue as long as America shares its blessings with other people. When America stops, the blessings will also stop.


There are some indicators I sensed from my recent attendance in a Republican event in Washington, D.C. that former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, and Senator John McCain of Arizona are the leading possible candidates for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. According to the most recent opinion polls, all three Republicans are ahead of Democratic Senator Hillary Clinton, the possible Democratic candidate. If immigration is the issue that can make or break a candidate for president in 2008, then I can predict the President Bush immigration reform bill will pass this summer.


Let us not be sad or critical of the problems besetting our main community organization called the Philippine Independence Day Council, Inc. (PIDCI). It’s part of the learning process. One important thing to learn is that the city government of New York is a government of law, not of men. Non-compliance with regulations already happened before. Now, there’s another one. I think it’s time for the leaders to study harder all the mechanics of a not- for- profit community organization in order to avoid future mistakes. Remember, we now work and live in New York where professionalism is the ingredient for success.


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