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Sep 27th
In a message dated 8/24/2009 10:13:41 P. PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 25 August 2009 15:04
In a message dated 8/24/2009 10:13:41 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, writes: Hi Greg, JT, Joy, Gus, Tocayo Ernie -- NaFFAA Colleagues -- Bobby & Romy -- Greetings! My apologies, Greg --- I'm currently in the Philippines dealing with both family matters -- and other business. I'm in Pangasinan -- and accessibility to the internet is intermittent. But here's wishing you a belated Happy Birthday -- may you have many more Happy B-Days! Anyway -- I wholeheartedly support Region I Chair JT Mallonga's wise and superb proposal towards a NaFFAA Board of Inquiry. Let's do it the way he proposed. Let this Board be composed of "independent-minded" FilAm leaders who are not alleged to be involved in this 2000-2002 "questionnable" expenditures. The problem that's turning this situation into becoming a "moro-moro" zarzuela is that we received two or more sets of numbers -- namely, one that our esteemed leader Joy Bruce shared with us last week that, according to her, was drawn from NaFFAA Treasuer Ludy Corrales' fiscal report. Then -- there is another set of numbers that my tocayo Ernie just shared with us through his most recent e-mail -- alleging questionnable expenditures. Or there may be some other sets of numbers lurking around somewhere. My logic tells me that these two sets of numbers may not be right at the same time. Either one is wrong -- and the other is right. Or -- the TRUTH about these numbers may be embedded in the reconciliatin of these numbers that must be arrived at -- by hook or by crook -- by this proposed NaFFAA Board of Inquiry. Hence, I'd strongly suggest that the findings of JT's porposed NaFFAA Board of Inquiry be the final arbiter of the Financial Audit Report for those years in question -- i.e., 2000 to 2002. With all due respect to Greg's suggestion, I propose that this Board be chaired by Joy Bruce, as proposed by JT -- not our esteemed Vice Chair Rozita -- for obvious reason. I just don't want our friends/critics Bobby and/or Romy accuse us of a "lutong macao" finding -- but rather a bona-fide set of numbers that are arrived at -- independently and objectively. Joy has wisely brought this allegation into its right perspective -- though it was questioned by both Bobby and Romy. The point is -- either we accept the Board of Inquiry's findings. Or we reject them. But we just cannot go on with all these punch-ciunterpunch arguments That's why I could understand Joy's recent frustrations -- and I feel bad for her. Please -- Joy -- don't give us -- -- NaFFAA needs your wisdom and guidance. Bottom line -- I'll repeat what I have espoused in past e-mails -- we cannot resolve this issue with "ad hominem" accusations -- back and forth, back and forth ad infinitum, ad nauseam. Our personal statements in favor of NaFFAA leader Greg -- and those of Bobby Reyes and Romy Marquez against Greg- -- will not resolve the issue at hand.. You can rest assured that our statements -- pro and con -- will only serve to exacerbate our alreadfy-hurt NaFFAA image. Accordingly -- JT's proposed Board of Inquiry will hold the timely solution to this current challenge. Once an official Fiscal Report for 2000-2002 is arrived at by this NaFFAA Board of Inquiry -- then the NaFFAA Board will have to vote on it -- or reject it. And then we move on -- and damn the torpedoes! Frankly -- we're spending too much time on this issue. Conversely, there are many crucial issues we in NaFFAA and the FilAm communitiy across America must be spending our time on -- 1) the National Healthcxre Legislation which will affect all of us-- we in NaFFAA should come with our official stance -- as soon as Congress reconvenes in early September 2009; 2) the forthcoming Comprhensive Immigration Reform Act which should be coming up in mid-October or mid-November 2009 -- which will impact some 200,000/plus overstaying and/or undocumented Filipinos in the U.S.; 3) NaFFAA's role in helping pass the WW II Filipino Veterans Family Reunification Act, which is now pending and should be discussed and/or debated by the US Congress in mid-October or mid-November 2009; NaFFAA should be gearing up soon to get co-sponsors for this bill on both the US Senate and House ASAP; 4) NaFFAA's position on the Overseas Absentee Voting (OAV) and Dual Citizens' participation in the May 11, 2010 Elections in the Philippines; 5) NaFFAA's position via our FilAm Vote Campaign in the forthcoming Nov. 2, 2010 Congressional Elections in the U.S.; and 6) NaFFAA's participation in the decennial 2010 Census Frankly, we cannot afford to sing and be merry anymore while Rome is burning -- if you know what I mean. Thank you for sharing with me your precious time. I rest assured we all are about the serious business of serving our beloved FilAm community -- especially those in need.. Best regards to everybody -- and God bless! Ernie Ramos in Binalonan, Pangasinan

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