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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 14 June 2009 05:51

S en. Francis “Chiz” Escudero said that if and when he becomes the President of the Philippines, he would honor a request by the United States government to extradite former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and some former Filipino officials who may be indicted with her in an American criminal court. Not only will an Escudero Administration agree to the extradition process but also the needed evidence will be made available by the new government to the American prosecutors.

 

Thus, Senator Escudero answered this writer’s question in an open forum held at a luncheon reception tendered by the Casiguran (Sorsogon) Association of Southern California at the Bahay Kubo restaurant in Los Angeles yesterday. The Escuderos hail from the town of Casiguran in Sorsogon Province. This writer was the only journalist at the reception.

 

As a background, this writer told Senator Escudero of an article that he has written about the expected extradition of some members of the Arroyo Family and its co-conspirators. Readers may click on this hyperlink to read the said article,

Why the Arroyo Family and Its Rasputins Will Meet General Noriega’s Fate 

 

Senator Escudero is in town, as he was the keynote speaker at the Kalayaan Philippine Independence Grand Ball held at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles last night.

 

This writer also reminded Senator Escudero and their fellow Sorsoganons that even if Mrs. Arroyo would be elected as a congresswoman representing a district in Pampanga, she could still be extradited. There is precedence of extraditing to the United States an incumbent member of Philippine Congress. This happened in 2007 to then Rep. Mark Jimenez who was indicted in a Florida federal court, found guilty and jailed for violation of American campaign-finance laws, money laundering and tax evasion.

 

In fact, Senator Escudero explained further how his administration would be able to curb corruption. He said that he would do three steps:

 

1.)    By using the legislation process and giving more teeth to anti-corruption laws.

2.)    By increasing the salary of government employees and officials.

3.)    By filing criminal cases against, and penalizing, the crooks.

 

Senator Escudero said also that he even kidded a friend, Mike Defensor, who is a top official of the Arroyo Administration, that if he (Mr. Defensor) would be found guilty of corruption, he would be jailed only for five years. As Philippine President, Mr. Escudero promised to grant a pardon to Mr. Defensor during the final year of his term.

 

This writer finally told his fellow Sorsoganons, including Senator Escudero, that he would be meeting with Philippine presidential aspirants who are visiting Southern California. He would ask the same question about the projected extradition of Mrs. Arroyo, once she is no longer the Philippine President. This writer is scheduled to meet with Makati City Mayor Jejomar Binay on Tuesday, June 16, 2008, in Los Angeles. If all the presidential aspirants would agree to permit the extradition of Mrs. Arroyo, et al, to the United States, then they could all sign a Covenant with the Filipino People during the coming presidential debate. The covenant can include the extradition of Mrs. Arroyo and other common ways of solving national problems.  # # #

 

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Last Updated on Sunday, 14 June 2009 05:58
 
Comments (8)
1 Sunday, 14 June 2009 06:50
Dear Bobby,
I welcome this piece of good news and I hope Chiz will keep his promise, if ever.

But, unfortunately, i already made up my mind. He is qualified but not yet ripe. Kung baga sa frutas, baka maging hinog sa pilit. Kulang pa sa timpla at babad.

Puede si Chiz siguro as VP to MAR, he is my guy. Let's help each other and not compete to overthrow this regime.

jojie
2 Sunday, 14 June 2009 06:56
Bobby,

Even though Senator Escudero is sincere in his promise to extradite the Arroyos, he might not really be able to do it because PGMA still has a lot of supporters in both, the Legislative and Judiciary Branches, plus the backing of the military establishment. Senator Escudero has to earn their loyalty and, in Philippine politics, that means cash payouts and other forms of bribes just like what PGMA and Co. are doing. Then it's back to the same vicious cycle.
3 Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:23
For me as a fellow Sorsogueno, my family and friends wont vote Sen. Escudero as President of the Philippine.

Kung alam lang ng taga Manila ang pinagagawa ng mag ama dito - sinusuka na sila.

Ngayon, ang plano nila tatakbo Governor ang tatay nia si Cong. Sonny, ang asawa naman ni Chiz ay tatakbo Congresswoman sa puwesto ni Sonny. Ang tiyohin ni Chiz na si Kruni ay tatakbo Vice Governor at isa pa tiyohin ay tatakbo Mayor sa bayan nila sa Casiguran.

Haaaaaay, plano nila gawin Escudero Republic ang Sorsogon. Nakakatakot
4 Sunday, 14 June 2009 16:30
Kung talaga sincere si Chiz na maging Presidente ng Pilipinas ay umpisahan nia sa lugar nia sa Sorsogon, irenounce nia ang political dynasty.
5 Sunday, 14 June 2009 18:19
Bobby,

Does the US government have a plan to indict Gloria M. Arroyo in the US? What is this case about?

You mentioned that Sen. Escudero plans to prosecute corrupt officials, if and when he becomes president? Does this mean that none of the previous president have done this? Or, did they tolerate or encourage corruption? Or, were they themselves corrupt?.

Nory Cabanilla
6 Sunday, 14 June 2009 18:52
Dear Atty. Cabanilla:

The US government has not announced yet any plan of indicting the Arroyo Couple but if you read my article "Why the Arroyo Family and Its Rasputins Will Meet General Noriega’s Fate" and recall that the Philippine presidential plan had to fly back to Japan on Nov. 21, 2008, supposedly because the First Gentleman suffered allegedly a medical emergency -- when the plane was nearer to Honolulu -- you can make an educated guess that the Arroyos have a big problem with the Feds. Mike Arroyo has not entered also the USA to see the last two fights of Manny Pacquiao in Las Vegas. He used to be at ring side for all the other previous Pacquiao bouts.

The cases obviously are about the theft of American military-and-economic aid to the Philippines, money laundering, use of Manila as trans-shipment port for illegal-drug shipments to the United States and other possible charges.

RE: Former Philippine Presidents. As to why they could not eliminate or even minimize corruption is beyond comprehension. It is public knowledge that national leaders in the Philippines have not been known to practice good governance and demonstrate the virtue of honesty.

Thank you for your queries.

Mabuhay,

Bobby M. Reyes
Editor
www.mabuhayradio.com


In a message dated 6/14/2009 6:02:52 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it writes:
Bobby,

Does the US government have a plan to indict Gloria M. Arroyo in the US? What is this case about?

You mentioned that Sen. Escudero plans to prosecute corrupt officials, if and when he becomes president? Does this mean that none of the previous president have done this? Or, did they tolerate or encourage corruption? Or, were they themselves corrupt?.

Nory Cabanilla
7 Monday, 15 June 2009 07:31
Last April, Sen. Chiz Escudero graced the "Palarong Bicol." He arrived in Virac, Catanduanes, using a helicopter of Lucio Tan.

When they met, host Congressman Joseph Santiago boasted to Senator Escudero -- within the hearing of some welcome parties -- "Do you know that the pain in the neck of Lucio Tan is my cousin?"

Whatever is the reason for making such public disclosure, only time will tell. Lucio Tan is the wedding sponsor of Senator Escudero. In his campaign sorties, Senator Escudero uses LT's resources.

Abangan ang susunod na kabanata!
8 Thursday, 05 November 2009 19:36
Why do you need the USA to punish the filipino criminals? What's the special treatment is all about. How different were this Arroyo and conspirators to other filipinos in jail. Do we need double standards a term for the rich and the other for the poor.
Escudero is an incompetent and an amateur wanna-be-president. He is one of the dirty Senators who did not pass the proposed Freedom of Information Act to help fight corruption. How can you trust this Senator in fighting corruption when he himself has a lot to hide.

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