Sunday, July 16, 2006

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


President George W. Bush is a Texan. And Texans are noted to be straight shooters. He sticks to his gun on his support for the Guest Workers program to form part of the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill still being deliberated in the House of Representatives. He knows that the Senate version of the bill which he supports would dismantle the “underground economy” that deprives our treasury millions and millions of dollars in taxes as well as payments to Social Security. Consider additional 14 million workers to be enrolled in Social Security. By 2017, we would not be worrying of a dwindling cash flow available to retirees.


The United States indeed welcomes admissible visitors and tourists who come here for sightseeing, shopping, and visit friends and relatives. Immigrants come here to join immediate relatives or to work for a higher income. US immigration authorities did not welcome former Philippine government official Mr. Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante and detained him on July 7th when he applied for admission at the Los Angeles port of entry. With an outstanding arrest warrant and string of criminal cases lodged against him in the Philippines, he is a not a person of good moral character.


As a compassionate Republican, I’m sad to listen to the requiem of the New York State Republican Party this coming November elections. I see that not even one statewide Republican candidate would survive the elections given the candidates’ false sense of conservatism which is not compassionate. The Republican Party in New York, from state level down to the county seriously needs some cleansing, if not total catharsis.


According to press reports from the Philippines, some members of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, a very influential religious group that plays a very active role in shaping the political destiny of the county through their pronouncements, accepted bribe money in the amount of 30, 000 pesos from Malacanang. No less than Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, the group’s president, told the press that he himself was offered bribe money which he courteously refused.

Well, as we say, MONEY TALKS. It showed in the recent pronouncements of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines expressing non-support for another impeachment complaint filed by various sectors against the de facto president of the Philippines. If Judas Iscariot sold his soul for 30 pieces of silver, how much more can happen to certain Filipino bishops for 30,000 pesos? Malacanang did it again! It’s high time that the coffers of the pretender’s palace be drained of money to stop its bribery.



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