Friday, December 29, 2006

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


Virgilio Garcillano, a former Election
Commissioner caught on tape presumably by military
elements in a conversation with de facto president
Gloria Arroyo in 2004 wherein he assured the unelected
president of the Philippines at least a victory margin
of one million votes, now plans to run for Congress in
next May elections. Reliable witnesses such as a
military general, election officials, some elected
officials and other military officers have testified
that Garcillano conducted the infamous vote rigging
operations during the 2004 presidential elections. If
he is declared winner during the canvassing of votes
by members of Congress where the majority are Arroyo
cronies, then the Filipino people, the sovereign
power, is justified to dismantle a corrupt
administration by force THE SAME WAY A SURGEON REMOVES


I did not know that President Bush or his advisers
took my critical comments of his policy towards the
Iraqi situation too personal. For the first time on a
Christmas season under the Bush Administration, there
was no Christmas’06 card from the White House gracing
our cabinet. Or because I did not send in additional
contributions to the RNC. However, Mr. Ed Moy, Mr.
Bush’s Director of White House Personnel, still
returns my call.


Democrats Barach Obama and Hillary Clinton are two
fast rising minority candidates for the American
presidency. One is young and Black and the other is
white and an older woman. On the Republican side,
there is also another fast rising minority candidate
whose name ends in a vowel: Giuliani. It looks like
the 2008 presidential elections will be a derby of
minority runners.


Most controversies revolve around the issue of what
is the correct definition of a word. In the
Clinton-Lewinsky Sex Scandal, it’s the definition of
“sexual relations.” In this recent battle for custody
of the American soldier convicted of raping a Filipino
woman, it’s the definition of “judicial proceedings.”
I hope Einstein’s theory of relativity can apply to
all these controversies involving time and space.


Friday, December 22, 2006

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


US President George Bush takes the right course in
dealing with the situation in Iraq: to win the war.
Mr. Gates, the new Defense chief, said it
appropriately that to lose the war in Iraq would be a
“calamity for America.” I would not say anything
about the mechanics of the new military strategy being
planned by the new leadership at the Pentagon. They
are professionals and they know what to do.


Philippine Senator Jinggoy Estrada looks at the
series of assassinations and threats of assassination
towards elected government officials as a possible
excuse for the Arroyo administration to declare
emergency rule or martial law. Well, I think he’s
just reminding concerned Filipinos who love democracy
to be always on guard for that madness had happened
before under a sick leader named Marcos. Remember
what former Defense Secretary Avelino Cruz revealed in
one of his interviews about Arroyo’s plot to impose
martial law a la Marcos. Here’s a metaphor to this
effect: A snake when cornered will not budge but will
strike back with full force. My question: How would
you disable such a snake?


Back to this irritating asylum case of fugitive
Arroyo crony Jocjoc Bolante with a US Immigration
Judge, Filipino lawyer Harry Roque believes that
Bolante may now be in Indonesia. If that’s so, then
the American immigration judge may have granted
Bolante a benefit called Withholding of Removal, not
asylum. I don’t believe this theory. It’s still fear
of persecution from the Philippine government under
Arroyo, clear and convincing, that the judge needs to
see if Bolante would be deported to the Philippines.
There is none.


As we celebrate Christmas’2006, let’s once again
consider the verses from John 3:19-21: “This is the
verdict; Light has come into world, but men loved
darkness instead of light because their deeds were
evil. Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will
not come into the light, so that it may be seen
plainly that what he has done has been done through