Thursday, February 07, 2008

By Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


The enigmatic fascination of so-called conservative political pundits and television talk show commentators such as Bill Kristol, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Rush Limbaugh with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, a conservative wannabe, boggles my imagination. So if it’s a boggling thought, I cannot yet tell you what’s behind it. I may just assume that there may exists some strings attached between the candidate and the paid journalistic hacks.

Republican presidential candidate John McCain, a true American hero and patriot, is now on the fast lane to become the party nominee for the November elections. Though former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee is an excellent candidate, particularly his impressive primary victories in the deep South, he surely could give the most needed boost to McCain’s chances to win the presidency as a running mate. Both candidates carry the American people’s mandate to stop the return of the dangerously corrupt and scandalous Clinton administration.

It is not fair to label Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as an African-American or Black candidate. If Tiger Woods whose mother is from Thailand and whose father is of a mixed race refused to be categorized as Black, the same is true to Obama whose mother is Caucasian from Kansas and whose father is from Kenya in Africa. Both are just plain Americans.

On the other hand, Hollywood actress Susan Sarandon is said to have remarked that she has no problem electing a woman as president of the United States. However, when asked about Hillary’s candidacy, she claimed she is not sure of “this woman.” So what is Sarandon’s definition of a woman?



Money belonging to the Filipino people are reported to have been plundered by elected and appointed government officials under the Arroyo Administration. Potential witnesses to the crime are said to have been prevented by the Philippine government to talk to the media or to Congressional investigating committees. Most notorious of all is the case of Jocelyn “Joc Joc” Bolante” who sought asylum in the United States to escape the Senate investigation of the plunder of about 3 billion pesos of public funds. His deportation to the Philippines will happen at anytime soon upon the denial of his asylum application.

The latest news of another government witness who is now in the custody of the Philippine Senate after the Supreme Court orders his release from the “kidnappers” is quite intriguing. His name is Rodolfo Noel Lozada, Jr. who works as a consultant to Romulo Neri, Philippine President Arroyo’s economic expert. He can testify about the involvement of Arroyo’s husband and some of her cabinet officials in trying to obtain a $130 million kickback from a business deal with the Chinese government known as the $329 million National Broadband Network (NBN) contract. This deal was quickly scrapped because of a previous expose at the Senate by the son of the recently deposed Speaker of the House, Jose de Venecia, Jr.

This story is still developing.



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