Monday, July 24, 2006

FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio

SURRENDER AND THEN REPENT

Among those listed in the current FBI Wanted Persons List is a Filipino named Yolanda Tolentino Ricaforte described as “FUGITIVE FROM A FOREIGN COUNTRY FOR THE CRIME OF PLUNDER.” She is wanted for her “alleged” involvement in the plunder case filed against former Philippine President Joseph Estrada. She is just alleged to be Estrada’s bookkeeper or accountant of millions and millions of pesos collected from illegal gambling and accused of opening several bank accounts in her name which were used to deposit the illegal “jueteng” collections.

The U.S. government placed the name of this accused Filipino plunderer in the FBI Wanted Persons List upon the request of the Philippine government. In comparison to the recent arrest and detention of Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante at the Los Angeles port of entry by officers and agents of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on July 7th, it was reported in the press that the Philippine Consulate in LA did not act to take custody of the fugitive when notified of the capture by U.S. law enforcement authorities. The arresting officer, according to press reports, said that Joc Joc Bolante was in the CBP’s Lookout list for wanted persons.

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Antonio Zulueta is said to be acting as the lawyer for Joc Joc Bolante’s violation of United States law. Mr. Zulueta was Counsel for Ignacio Arroyo, younger brother of Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s husband, during the Senate hearings on the JOSE PIDAL Money Laundering investigation when the younger Arroyo’s main line of defense was “I invoke my right to privacy.” Now, that’s the same line being used by Bolante.

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The Bible says in plain words: There’s nothing hidden that shall not be revealed. If the de facto President of the Philippines really believes in her heart that God put her in Malacanang and God is her only Judge, then she has to follow the Word of God. The God of the Old Testament commanded the Israelites to exterminate the plunderers. However, we’re now in the New Testament and God will forgive those who repent, even the plunderers. For the healing of the land of the Filipinos, let the plunderers surrender first and then repent of their sins. And God makes the final judgment.

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