Friday, June 12, 2009

FROM THE BARREL OF MY PEN
Gonzalo “Jun” Policarpio


MONEY TALKS AND KILLS!

Consider these similar situations:

I recently watched a television program beamed via satellite from the Philippines showing several leading presidential candidates for the upcoming 2010 Philippine elections answered questions from a panel of journalists. I got a big surprise when they all agreed to support a criminal investigation of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and her family after she leaves office next year. As a kid on the block would remark, that’s a no-no. Never let a power-crazed individual know what happens next after he or she gives up power. Because the result would be: All hell would break loose.

A factory manager suspected of stealing money from his employer went berserk and massacred his co-workers as well as his employer’s family after learning that he was about to be reported to the Police.

Roman Emperor Nero decided to burn Rome when he was about to see his downfall.

The Japanese soldiers during the Second World War launched a large-scale series of massacres and rapes of women in their captive countries a few months before their imminent surrender to the Allies.

However, I do not foresee the Philippine President turning into a “juramentado” before the end of her term. Just remember what her billions and billions of the people’s money at her disposal could do to maintain herself in power.

As a scoundrel would always say: Money talks and kills.

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