Global Filipinos Australia deplores ARMM election postponement

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GFA president Lolita Farmer...
GFA president Lolita Farmer...

Global Filipinos Australia president Lolita Farmer OAM issued today a statement deploring the postponement of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) election.

Ms Farmer, also chair of Manila-based Worldwide Filipino Alliance, said that the decision to postpone the ARMM election is the end of popular democracy and the beginning of “directed democracy”.

“Without the ratification by the ARMM constituents of the postponement of the election, popular democracy came to an end and directed democracy begins.

“Let the right of the local people to self rule be respected now by not postponing the election. Sovereignty resides in the people through suffrage.”

The ARMM election is mandated to take place on the second Monday of August every three years with this year’s election scheduled on August 8.

More than 1.5 million registered ARMM voters from 1,903 polling centres are to elect their officials for the posts of Regional Governor and Regional Vice-Governor and members of the ARMM Regional Legislative Assembly.

ARMM is made up of the provinces of Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Maguindanao, and Lanao del Sur, and the City of Marawi.

The bill postponing the ARMM election has now been passed by both the House of Representatives and Senate. It is scheduled for signing by President Benigno S. Aquino III on June 30.

Mr Aquino has publicly declared his stand on pushing for the postponement of the ARMM election.

Malacanang has also made clear its plan of installing officers in charge to fill up vacant positions, with the next election in the region being synchronised with the national polls in 2013.

Mr Ansaruddin A. Adiong is currently ARMM’s Acting Regional Governor. He was previously Vice Governor, and was sworn in to his current position in December 2009 to replace Zaldy Ampatuan, who was taken into military custody for his alleged involvement in the November 2009 massacre of 57 civilians in Maguindanao.

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28 Responses to Global Filipinos Australia deplores ARMM election postponement

  1. Tom Baena

    I believe it is a bit presumptuous on the part of Ms Lolita Farmer to state that : “the decision to postpone the ARMM election is the end of popular democracy and the beginning of “directed democracy.” Let us all give PNoy and members of Congress a chance to explore the Philippine Political landscape and for them to make the best political decision based on what information that is available to them in their local setting. For us here in Australia to make side comments for the sake of grandstanding and feathering our own personal aggrandisement is a bit frivolous. My advise is to get yourself elected in a proper political forum e.g. local council and/or State/Federal Parliament in a genuine political entity before you can start criticising the actions of those genuine politically elected politicians. You do not have the right or mandate to question their constitutional prerogatives. For you to do so is to over rate yourself to be in the same level as them. In other words do not flatter yourself.

    • Victor S. Barrios

      LOLITA FARMER, ESQ. FOCUSES ON GERMANE ISSUES TRANSCENDING SELF

      The unilateral decision on the part of the ruling Administration (Congress and the Office of the President combined) to postpone the ARMM elections, without the benefit of a referendum, constitutes a top-down decision. In essence, that act is clearly “directed democracy”, — to the detriment of autonomy. Had there been a mandate from the people, the exercise could have been referred to as partaking of “popular democracy”.

      The global Filipino community, in general, and the undersigned, in particular, has known Lolita Farmer, Esq. for many years. Acknowledged for her leadership by no less than the Queen of England, Lolita has dedicated many years of her life on causes advocated by the global Filipino community. She is unpretentious, but unequivocal. She has made a bold statement, through Global Filipinos Australia –without any desire for recognition. She said what had to be said.

      Every Filipino citizen has the inherent right to comment on the quality of the governance of elected officials. To assert that only elected officials, in effect, have the right to criticize other elected officials is a conceptual incongruity.

      VICTOR S. BARRIOS
      Convenor, Global Filipino Nation
      (GFN is an international coalition of global Filipino leaders and organizations in 30 countries committed to “Building the Global Filipino Nation for Good Governance”.

    • Jolly Lais

      I agree with Tom Baena, I also believe that Ms. Lolita Farmer is ill-advised with regards to the postponement of ARMM elections. What was resolved by the Philippine Congress ( house and senate) in approving the bills (SB2756 AND HB4146) is upholding the Philippine Constitution on synchronized national and local polls. The impending postponement of elections is a possible result of the operation of that law.

      However, before “Sovereignty resides in the people through suffrage” , let us first purge the voters lists since in ARMM even the dead can still cast their vote. Let us first get rid of golds. guns, goons, warlords, etc. In short let us first institute electoral reforms along with other doable reforms in 21-month time. In short, we dont want another “hello garci” in 2004 to happen again. We dont want the “12-0″ senatorial result in Maguindanao in 2007 to happen again. And we dont want another “maguindanao massacre” to happen again, would you?

      Pinoy administration is supported by various Bangsamoro civil society organizations and communities nationwide in his reform track in line with “matuwid na landas” thrust. We see this as an” open window” to implement the “Road map for ARMM reforms” . The Road map was a result of over eight months of consultations series all over ARMM and Moro communities living in Mindanao and outside ARMM including Metro Manila.

      The road map includes issues on good governance and transparency, peace and social security among others.

      in Peace,

      Jolly S. Lais
      National Secretary General
      Bangsamoro Solidarity Movement (BANGSA)

  2. Jerry Ocampo

    Mr. Tom Baena, your reasoning is flawed because of the following:

    1) The decision to postpone the ARMM elections was a wrong decision in the first place, so how could you propose to give a chance to Noynoy to explore the “political landscape” when it was based on an erroneous decision? Postponement of the ARMM elections is against the ARMM Charter, against the Philippine constitution, against the will of the constituents of the ARMM.

    2) You have made personal attacks on Ms. Farmer, by questioning her motives. Please stick to issues, don’t make this personal.

    3) You say that Ms. Farmer should seek to be elected FIRST before making such statements. Mr. Baena, should I explain the basic flaw in such a thinking? I hope not.

  3. MIGHT e2010

    It is precisely because we live in a democratic country that we have EVERY RIGHT to comment and criticize government decisions especially those that involve “constitutional prerogatives” as that of the postponement of elections in what is supposed to be an autonomous region. As far as I know, it is only the Supreme Court that can decide on matters regarding the constitution and not the executive or the legislative body.

    Those who oppose this exercise in “exploring political landscapes” know the real reasons for the postponement and the removal of the provision prohibiting government appointed officials from running in 2013 may have just affirmed this suspicion.

    If it is really election reforms the government is after in this exercise, why not start with a manual count of the Smartmatic PCOS votes in this region?

    An “exploration of political landscape” is a nice term for skirting the issue in this unilateral decision to deprive the people of Mindanao of their right to suffrage even if as the government claims is for the benefit of those living there. Those who disagree with this government on this issue are aware of the real reason for the postponement which may have been affirmed by the removal of the provision allowing government appointed officials to run AGAIN in 2013.

  4. Peter Monterey

    I fully concur with the comments of Global Filipino Nation rebutting the posting of Mr. Tom Baena. There is a disconnect in his reasoning.

    What is the nexus between the postponement of the ARMM elections and Atty. Lolita Farmer’s personal disposition? That is a non-sequitur.

    Plain and simple: PNoy and his appendages have usurped the sovereignty of the people of ARMM.

    Peter Monterey, London

  5. Vanessa Valdemor

    There is no place for ad hominems in argumentation.

    That is exactly what Mr. Baena did in his posting.

    Using argumentum ad hominem is the lowest form of reasoning in logic.

    He should stick to the substance of issues, not personal allusions.

    Vanessa Valdemor

  6. Tom Baena

    And the same goes with you Mr. Victor Barrios, you should try yourself to be in the political arena in either the Philippines or the US. We do have a lot of self proclaimed community leaders who have less than 10 members and start making noises and even get recognised by unsuspecting authorities and awarded. We have a lot of those in Australia and probably elsewhere and its not funny but embarrassing to the image of the hard working overseas Filipinos in many parts of the world.
    There are other contentious issue that is current in Sydney of which Ms Farmer portrays herself as a community leader. We just had a number of Philippine Independence Day Flag Raising Ceremonies being celebrated by a number of Filipino groupings in different areas. A number of Filipinos in Sydney are now questioning the significance of having too many Flag Raising ceremonies in areas that have a distance of 10 to 15 minutes by car away from each other.
    There is a proposal to have a single Flag Raising ceremony in Sydney, with the following points being advanced:
    There are 365 days in a year, perhaps on that one single day, the Filipinos will unite regardless of who is running it or where in Sydney, regardless of where you come from the Philippines, or dialect you speak. Our forefathers fought the Spaniards as one race (Filipinos) and one Flag. Thus it will be the battle cry for Filipinos in Sydney in 2012 : Isang Bandila, Isang Bansa, Isang Sikap – One Flag, One Nation, One Effort.
    I stand by my comment that it is pretentious for Filipinos outside the Philippines to question the Constitutional prerogatives of the duly elected officials in the Philippines which being led by PNoy, whose campaign slogan is: Walang mahirap kung walang kurap. The government are able to judge what is best for the country that it governs. The problem is that some noisy minority representing a handful of individuals tries to grandstand on issues that they are not able to tackle if they are situated in the Philippines. If they are really that good then why not form their party, or run in the mainstream political parties in the Philippines. On the same token if they are a citizen of a country other than the Philippines then they should run in their local/National Forum whether they are in the US, Australia, Canada or UK.

    There are international Filipino Associations that do their bit for the betterment of the Philippines. One example is Overseas Filipinos Council International

    Tom Baena,
    Former City Councilor Toledo City, Philippines, (1977-1980)
    Former Commissioner, Community Relations Commission, New South Wales (2006)
    Foundation member: Global Filipinos, Australia

    • Ben Medina

      Mga tanong po sa inyo, Mr Baena —-

      1. Do I have to be an elected official before I can criticize the decision of an elected official, the Philippine president included?

      2. Since you mentioned about overseas Filipinos, what happens to the rights of overseas Filipinos who are now Filipino citizens by virtue of Philippine dual citizenship? Does it mean we have to go back to the Philippines and run for an office before we start criticizing the President or Congress? Mahirap yata yun, wala na kaming ipapadalang dolyar sa Pilipinas kapag umuwi kami. At saka, kung di kami manalo sa eleksyon? Tahimik na lang kami, ganoon ba?

      3. Dahil hindi nga tayo mga elected officials, ibig sabihin bayaan na lang natin ang mga nasa gobyerno dahil sabi nga ninyo “they are able to judge what is best for the country it governs.” Ganoon nga ba yon? Paano po, kung mga corrupt din yong nasa gobyerno?

      Pasensiya na po, Mr Baena, talagang mahirap sundan ang mga argumento ninyo.

      Huling tanong na lang po: Paano pumasok ang mga flag-raising ceremonies sa Sydney dito sa usapang ARMM?

  7. Isabel S. Santiago

    The postponement of the ARMM election brings back the “Hello Garci” tapes.

    GMA allegedly perfected the technology for spurious vote generation.

    Is the current dispensation trying to replicate the ability to deliver “12-0” results?

    That’s what it appears to be doing.

    Isabel S. Santiago

  8. Tom Baena

    Perhaps PNoy and the current Philippine Congress should be given credence that they are trying to prevent a relapse of the Hello Garci syndrome. By postponing the ARMM election, the Administration is looking into the introduction of safeguards to prevent election fraud. Let us all give PNoy and his administration a chance and stop snipping on whatever they are trying to achieve as they know best on what they are doing for they are the duly elected officials in the Philippines. We had GMA for 9 years, Marcos for 20years but we only had PNoy since 10 May 2010. Give him a chance. Give chance to the slogan: Walang mahirap kung walang kurap. Mabuhay si PNoy.

  9. Emille Feliciano

    PNoy’s youngest sibling has plans to run as Senator in 2013 and as VP in 2016.

    Will PNoy dismantle the “Hello Garci” technology?

    Get real, Mr. Baena.

    Emille Feliciano

    • Tom Baena

      Put it this way Emille, PNoy was voted by the Filipinos with his Slogan, “walang mahirap kung walang kurap.” You are speculating about the Hello Garci Tech and PNoy’s intentions. Are you a mind reader now? If you are so then I surrender. All I can say, is that PNoy has only served for 1 year, and everyone wants to judge him already. Where were you during GMA or Marcos’ reign? Give PNoy a chance – the majority of the Filipinos has spoken.

  10. Emille Feliciano

    According to customs brokers and importers, corruption is more rampant. The fees are much higher to clear a container of goods without inspection. We have projects that require government clearance. The lagay is much bigger! PNoy did not mean to carry out his campaign slogan in the first place. It’s impossible to carry out. If he was sincere, something was wrong in his cerebral faculty…I happen to be privy to “strategic plans” of the Liberal Party and the ARMM mechanism fits well. Cris is definitely running… Mr. Baena, you have been away too long. Come back to the Philippines and see the situation first hand. Begging your pardon: you cannot pontificate without reality content.

  11. Jerry Ocampo

    Mr. Baena: Noynoy Aquino has been in government service for more than THIRTEEN years. Thirteen years without any meritorious accomplishment. Do you honestly believe that he would be any different in the next thirteen years? Isn’t that stretching it a little bit too much?

    If Noynoy Aquino has twisted your discernment as such, please do not expect everyone to follow suit.

  12. Lolita Farmer OAM

    NOT “PRESUMPTUOUS”, NO REQUIREMENT TO BE A POLITICIAN TO PARTICIPATE IN A DEMOCRACY

    With due respect, it is not “presumptuous” to borrow your language if I may, to express a view contrary to that of the President or Congress. There is also no requirement either to be a politician or a duly elected official. That’s the beauty in a strong democratic society.

    May I invite you to put substance in your arguments on the issue at hand. Personality issues do not support your comments.

    I’m not surprised to read your comments if you are the same person I know with that name.

    Lolita Farmer OAM
    President, Global Filipinos Australia

  13. Lolita Farmer OAM

    *** POINT OF VIEW: NO LAW SUPPORTS POSTPONEMENT OF THE ELECTIONS BY A CONGRESSIONAL ACT NOT RATIFIED BY ARMM ELECTORATE – RESPECT THE LAW AND THE PEOPLE ***

    There are rules to follow and under the strictest conditions only must ARMM election postponement be allowed to happen.

    Well meaning intentions do not justify unlawful acts. We must be governed by the rule of law and not by a government of men or women.

    The Organic Act for the ARMM election is RA 9054. The provisions are clear on amendments. Art XVII Sec 1 states that amendments require two thirds of both the House and Senate voting separately. Those amendments become effective only when approved by a majority of the vote cast in the plebiscite called for that purpose. The plebiscite must be held not earlier than sixty days or later than ninety days after the approval of the amendments or revision (Art XVIII Sec 3).

    If you postpone election and appoint instead new officials, then amendments to Art VI Sec 4 (Term of Office of members of the Regional Assembly officials) and Art XVII Sec 7 (Term of Office of Elective Regional Officials) of RA 9054, such amendment as that which is provided in Art XVII Sec 3 shall be ratified in plebiscite.

    Elections are essential hallmarks of democracy. Sovereignty resides in the people and all government authority emanates from them.

    The Government must not waste time in making legal what appears to be illegal.

    What must be done?

    HOLD THE ELECTIONS NOW, FOLLOW THE LAW, PROVIDE SAFEGUARDS FOR HONEST AND CREDIBLE ELECTIONS THAT WILL RESULT FOR A GOVERNMENT THAT IS LEGALLY SOUND AND POLITICALLY ASTUTE.

    Lolita Farmer OAM
    President, Global Filipinos Australia

  14. Tom Baena

    Ms Lolita Farmer, I stand with my previous comments. Ergo, stop grandstanding. The current Congress and PNoy were elected by the majority of the 86M Filipinos. For the benefit of other readers, Ms Lolita Farmer and I have known each other for a long time. We founded Global Filipinos Australia together. How many members have Global Filipinos got now? 10 maybe 12, I am only guessing because after we elected Ms Farmer in that organisational meeting that I attended with about 10 other people. I was no longer invited to attend in any of the meetings and I am glad I did not.

    If Global Filipinos portrays itself as a big organisation as the name connotates then take PNoy and Philippine Congress to the Philippine Supreme Court to have this postponement of ARMM election declared unsconstitutional. Or take the other option, organize your (Global Filipinos) own political party in the Philippines and contest the 2013 Congressional Elections. Stop indulging in street/media politics for the sake of self aggrandisement. Once again give Pnoy and Congress the benefit of the doubt to run the country to the best of their ability for the sake of the overwhelming vote that the Filipinos had given them in the last general election.

  15. Jerry Ocampo

    Mr. Baena: NOW I begin to see the source of your bitterness and personal rancour against Ms. Farmer, you clearly resent Ms. Farmer’s election as head of your organization. It was really very difficult to see your real motives behind the faux nationalism, but your words now betray you, my good friend. Now, please cease this immaturity before you get yourself humiliated further.

  16. Tom Baena

    Jerry nice to know you. But I think you are a Villar supporter right. It could be the source of your betterness against PNoy. I am just defending the duly elected President of the Philippines PNoy and those people who voted him into office. bye

    • Beth Timbol

      OMG, Mr Baena. How can you make such comment? So pathetic and shallow! Woe unto the Philippine president and the other people for having you as their defender…….

  17. Jerry Ocampo

    Tom, you pigeonhole people between pro and anti-Noynoy, and attribute their opinions based on this juvenile criteria. Tom, to tell you the truth, my 6 year old nephew could do better than that.

  18. Lolita Farmer OAM

    Mr Baena

    We may be small in numbers but we use our hands not our mouth. You see only those whom you know. Do you know all of us?

    Now, tell us: In how many organizations have you been kicked out? Why?

    Didn’t you add your former positions in your posting? Why former positions? Don’t you have any current position in community organisations?

    What does that say about you? Aren’t you grandstanding?

    So how come you did not finish your term at CRC? Are you not a member of a political party? How come you were not selected to be the party candidate in the last election? Why didn’t you run as an Independent?

    Aren’t you a Datu or Sultan? Aren’t you the former Chief of Staff of APSL?

    What are you now? Member of a media group? What credentials do you have to claim that you are a Media person? Any training in media? Or do you have a publication?

    Did you not criticise online a Mayor from Negros for inviting Manny Pacquiao to breakfast?

    Did you also not post online negative comments about the Global Summit which made others to withdraw their plan of joining the summit?

    You say you are helping the president and yet here is an issue under the Office of the President that is not favourable to you. And what are you doing? You say you want to defend the president? Well, this is your opportunity. Is this your way of defending the President? By showing to online world viewers that you do not even know how to handle issues raised in this forum?

    By the way, are you a dual citizen, Australian and Filipino? You know of course as a Filipino citizen, you have the right to vote. Did you vote for Aquino in the last election?

    I might be mistaken but I haven’t seen your application or registration as an overseas Filipino dual citizen. Did you apply or register as one? I don’t think you did. I should know because Global Filipinos Australia is involved in the registration as a project partner with the Philippine Consulate.

    Look, I did not want to bring these matters out in the public but in the name of truth and fairness, I have to. Your comments are bordering on personalities. Have you read the comments of others in this forum about your actuations?

    Oh, about grandstanding: Didn’t you carry titles like Datu, Chief of Staff, Major, Commissioner? I may have missed out some other titles, but honestly, what are you trying to prove? Are you trying to show to the public that you “stand taller and grander” than others in this forum and in the community?

  19. Tanggulang Demokrasya

    How regrettable that a statement from Global Filipinos Australia, a coalition partner based in that country, criticizing the recent assault perpetrated by this present Administration against the Organic Law on the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) and the people of the special political area, should draw a rejoinder from someone in the same country, Australia, sharply accusing GFA’s Ms L. Farmer willy-nilly of grandstanding in promotion of personal self-interest.

    GFA’s statement is, of course, obviously in patriotic support of the widespread protest in the Philippines against the postponement of the 2011 ARMM elections, in violation of provisions of the very law creating the AUTONOMOUS Region, using suspect political power play and inducements to prevent the mandated democratic exercise of suffrage, and imposing instead governance and control by executive dictum. The rejoinder presents no facts or information as basis for its attack on GFA or Ms Farmer, simply offering its source’s advice that one can only comment or criticize politicians’ actions if one were an elected official himself or herself.

    Tan Dem roundly rejects such nonsense posing as objective commentary. It is unfortunate that our efforts to encourage our political leaders to adhere to democratic principles even as they try to institute reforms must be distracted from time to time by inanities. We urge our fellow Filipinos and citizens, wherever they are in the world, to stand fast and continue to fight for Democracy in our beloved Motherland, in true patriotism, not color-coded partisanship.

  20. Tom Baena

    The real Lolita Farmer now came out blazing, the Lolita that I am more familiar with more combative than necessary and probably chip on her shoulders. I would like to apologize to other readers if we have to use this forum as a venue for this personality discussion between Ms Farmer and myself.

    To answer your made up allegations, I was not kicked out by any organization, If I remembered it right, It was you that I kicked out from the APSL in my capacity as the Chief of Staff for your derogatory email maligning the members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines.

    You denied this by saying that somebody else created a hotmail email address with your name on it.

    Also your behavior shown at a dinner function where you took the seat allocated to an invited guest in the presidential table but when you were politely told by the wife who was occupying the seat next to the one you took, you answered her, “I don’t care.” I am a friend of this couple and they told me they did not say anything to avoid an embarrassing incident during the night.

    I did not criticize a Mayor in Negros but I forwarded an email that I received. All the captions there were in Ilonggo and I do not speak Ilonggo because my dialect is Cebuano.

    I emailed OFCI if they were attending the Global Summit and I made mentioned about GMA’s APEC visit to Sydney and my calling for a boycott on your initiative to invite others just to be able to rub elbows with GMA . I feel every citizen to express his/ her own decision on the matter.

    I was invited to join the Sydney Press Group even if I was not a journalist. So why are you tying yourself in a knot if I am not a journalist? In our association of Australian Filipinos with military background we used to talk about a woman in Sydney who really wanted to become a member in our group and we gave her the nickname: Commander Liwayliway as she did not have any military background.

    I am a dual citizen, Australian and Filipino as allowed by law and say it is really none of your business because it is a personal choice and decision to make by me alone and I do not need to inform you of whatever decision I made on this matter.

    Yes I have some well-deserved titles but I say I am not at all desiring to compete with you as you are already a class of your own.

    You see I really don’t see the point of bringing this all up in this forum as we are now going away from the issue of postponement of the ARMM election.

    Let us agree to disagree and stop being too personal in this exchange of ideas.

    Fine you want to disagree with the decision of the duly elected Congress of the Philippines but you do not have to be presumptuous to use the Global Filipinos Australia which had less than 10 members as I had been one of the co founders.

    I really do not have to spell it out why it is so. 10 Filipinos questioning the act of Congress. Give me a break. If you are really that good then get elected and make your voice known.

    Once again I apologize to other readers. I remember the Filipino fable of “the fly on top of a carabao.” I just feel it is necessary to end my distinct message with the fly and the carabao story.

    I will end here as I do not want to dignify your outburst unnecessarily. My best wishes.

  21. Lolita Farmer OAM

    I would have let your tirade pass but things have to be clarified. So my utmost apologies to the readers. I have to remember I am dealing with a military man and a former member of the NSW Police force.

    The issue was on ARMM election but you brought in many things not related to the issue. Your postings are online and everyone can follow your postings.

    Why do you bring personality issues in the discussion?

    Is it because I am not a “yes” person”, but one who would rather put things in its proper place and comply with the law in any organization.

    Let me refresh your memory.

    You were then Chief of staff of the APSL and by that you wanted what you said to be followed. The first issue was on the election where you sent emails for the election to be held. There are rules and regulations to follow such as the number of days required for the notice and also the returning officer and other things. The general body’s vote was to hold the election on another date to comply with the requirements. Probably, you did not like the body’s decision?

    May I also add that I am not a military person so I did not like to join the group. Much to my surprise, you filled in a form and signed me as a member. It was at the Narragingy Park where the APSL had their picnic. One of the reasons given to me was that I am an APSL friend, and there were other names without military service which were also included in a Memo issued.

    Looking back, I could only surmise that you needed me at that time for you hated the guts of others in the community who did not like you and who did not put importance to you.

    REMEMBER I WAS A PAWN YOU WANTED TO USE AGAINST SOME PEOPLE YOU DID NOT LIKE SO YOU DRAFTED ME TO YOUR GROUP FOR FEAR SOMEONE ELSE NOT TO YOUR LIKING WILL TAKE OVER. HOWEVER, YOU GOT THE WRONG PERSON FOR I AM NOT A “YES” PERSON TO EVERY COMMAND YOU WANT TO BE FOLLOWED. I FOLLOW THE LAW.

    When the election was proposed I was asked to be one of the two electoral officers. I sent election Guidelines to members plus the other electoral person. At the election day held at Blacktown Workers Club, Blacktown, didn’t you in the company of two others sign the registration book and after that announced to the general body: “I am cancelling the election today.” You then left.

    The Deputy Supreme commander presided at the AGM meeting and asked those present who have signed the book if the election would be cancelled. Those present decided to go ahead. So I was asked to take over to go ahead with the election. The other Electoral person was not present and his name was called three times outside just like in court and there was no answer. The general body then decided to nominate another one to take over so there was another person with me.

    Election was conducted and reports were submitted to the Fair Trading. Didn’t you write to the Fair Trading complaining about the election? The Legal officer from the Fair Trading after examining all documents replied that the election was a valid one.

    Didn’t you write again saying that the letter favoured the group of Lolita Farmer when I was not even standing for any office?

    What followed next was the email derogatory with unprintable words. Those words could only be used by people in the military. I didn’t know the email until you alerted me about such derogatory comments.

    I have another server and I do not delete emails easily. Didn’t I tell you to forward to me the emails? I then reported that to the State and Federal Police, Australian Broadcasting and Communications office to the Minister himself. Immediately, I reported the matter to Hotmail which made an investigation and cut off the email following that investigation.

    The Global Filipinos Australia applied for the Global Filipino Networking Conference (GFNC) to be held in Sydney and was successful. What did you do? Didn’t you call for a boycott? There were 400 from around the world who came and it was APEC year. USA was led by Loida Nicolas Lewis. Some were from the Middle East, Japan, Philippines, New Zealand and from the states in Australia.

    You kicked me out from APSL? What a laugh! Because you as Chief of Staff wanted every command followed? You are now out and may I say – kicked out by APSL so you formed another one with the name NSW chapter of APSL. Did you not invite me to join it? You were the one who recruited non-military people to your group? And what happens now that you were kicked out from the original one?

    Did you really go into action in the military? I believe you had some training. Reserve Army is that it? Please clear it out for me. Did you serve in a war?

    I do not go where I am not invited. What Presidential table are you talking about? I only take the seat where I am ushered to. Or, are you jealous?

    So, you only forwarded that email to the online world? Did you not comment: Spending the money for the breakfast with Pacquiao?

    I am asking for your credentials in joining a media group. So spell it out. You said you were invited. Well, congratulations for being in.

    Now that you are a member of media, do you now know how to address issues at hand? Okay, here is one basic lesson in media: Cut off all irrelevant matters. Meet the issues head on.

    So, you are also a dual citizen? And you are only defending the Philippine president and duly elected officials? I tell you what. Why not also go to the Global Summit organized by an office under the Office of the President this coming September? There you can voice out your advocacies and all the things you wanted to say to defend the Philippine president. If you really wanted to defend the President, the Global Summit in Manila is your opportunity. He needs your support as his defender.

    I HAVE NOT STARTED THIS PERSONALITIES NONSENSE IN THIS FORUM. YOU DID. WHY NOT GO BACK TO YOUR FIRST POSTING? IN CASE YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN, IT IS THE VERY FIRST COMMENT IN THIS FORUM? THEN, SCROLL DOWN TO YOUR SUBSEQUENT REJOINDERS. NOW, DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? DO YOU THINK THE READERS CANNOT SEE THAT TOO?

    I did not want to reply to your immature postings, but you compelled me. I want everyone to know the truth.

  22. This forum is still open for commenting and further discussions. But from this point on, any comment delving on personal issues will be removed. Thanks.

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