Friday, November 03, 2006

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


POWER THAT COMES OUT OF THE BARREL OF THE GUN


When more and more American soldiers are being killed in Iraq, it’s time to stop it. It’s time to come up with a better military strategy to crush the insurgents killing our peace-keeping troops with a better American military strategist. President Bush, it’s your call: please open your eyes to the reality of what’s happening in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The daughter of de facto Philippine president Arroyo was right in complaining about a foreigner who cut in the line ahead of her and demanding an explanation from the Filipino immigration officer at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport. If the immigration officer reacted rudely, an official reprimand is in order but not a full-scale investigation that would lead to the officer’s firing. Such possible action from the Filipino commissioner of immigration smacks of abuse of authority or an expectation of a reward from her lady boss.

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On November 7, Election Day, a requiem will be played for most of the candidates of the New York Republican Party, except State Senator Frank Padavan. I know him. He is a square guy unlike the others.

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The problem with the Philippine political opposition is lack of persistency in its efforts to expose the excesses and anomalies plaguing the current de facto administration. And most importantly the people involved need to be prosecuted. Whatever happened to the Garci tapes and fake passports, jueteng scandals, fertilizer fund scandal, and many more? Would you say that the opposition is just good in talking and not pursuing the bad guys in government? Or they have been intimidated by the power that comes out of the barrel of the gun?

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