Daily Archives: July 7, 2016

BUSINESS AS USUAL

KOMUNIDAD
July 07, 2016

BUSINESS AS USUAL

By Arturo P. Garcia

20160701jb-13-620x534After airing several warnings, President Rodrigo Duterte named Tuesday, July 5, retired Philippine National Police (PNP) Deputy Chief for Administration Marcelino Garbo Jr. and Daanbantayan Mayor Vicente Loot as “drug protectors.”

Other alleged drug protectors named publicly by Duterte were former National Capital Region Police Office head Chief Superintendent Joel Pagdilao, former Quezon City Police District director Chief Superintendent Edgardo Tinio, and former police director of Davao Region General Bernardo Diaz.

What is troubling is that some of them where also named to be active in the campaign for losing LP candidate Mar. Roxas. The question remained, did Roxas and President Aquino III knows these officials s of the PNP were known protectors of ‘drug lords”?

Roxas has denied knowledge of the officers involvement with drugs.He vouched for his personal integrity on the matter.But If they do not know, why did they not know or they just turned a blind eye to the acts of their PNP officials? Are they so insensitive that they never knew what these officials are doing that it takes a new President to pinpoint them?

Or they are just too dogmatic and just accepted the SOP of the PNP and operated on the basis of trust?

I do not see this expose by the President is a part of political vendetta. It is because he has been saying these allegations even during the campaign. And these are not even merited any attention from ex-President Aquino III and his designated candidate Mar Roxas II.

All of them, except Garbo who has not yet issued any statement as he is reportedly in the United States, denied involvement in the illegal drug trade.One of them openly wept in public while denying the charges.

Duterte firmly said during the 69th anniversary of the Philippine Air Force in Clark, Pampanga, that he ordered them “relieved from their assignments.”

“After so many validations – even I was still the mayor of Davao City – their names have already floated,” Duterte said. He said he made the public announcement as he felt he has a “sacred obligation to tell the truth to the Filipino people.”Duterte said he would not allow the drug sale in the country to proliferate.

As usual, those who were named by Duterte feigned innocence and declared they are ready to defend themselves. They also said they are ready to prove they are innocent of the charges.

With Duterte’s action, we can have to watch and see if it will be business as usual for the PNP and the PNP .

Only Duterte can make true his promise. Only he can make such earth-shaking announcement to that effect.

As promised, is change is coming?

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AMERICA’S UNKNOWN HERO

CULTURAL NOTES
July 6, 2016

AMERICA’S UNKNOWN HERO

Arturo P. Garcia

Eugene Jacques Bullard, fought in two world wars-The First and the Second World War. He is the first African-American fighter pilot in history. But he is also much more then that: He’s also a national hero, and his story is so incredible.

In 1959, the French government named him a national Chevalier, or Knight. In 1960, the President of France and also a celebrated war hero of two world wars, General Charles De Gaulle, paid a state visit to the United States and when he arrived he said that one of the first things he wanted to do was to meet Bullard.

That sent the White House staff scrambling because most of them, of course, had never even heard of him. They finally located him in New York City, and De Gaulle traveled there to meet him personally. At the time, Eugene Bullard was working as … an elevator operator.

But who is Eugene Jacques Bullard?

Bullard was an expat living in France, and when World War 1 broke out he joined the French Infantry. He was seriously wounded, and France awarded him the Croix de Guerre and Medaille Militaire.

In 1916 he joined the French air service and he first trained as a gunner but later he trained as a pilot. When American pilots volunteered to help France and formed the famous Lafayette Escadrille, he asked to join but by the time he became a qualified pilot they were no longer accepting new recruits, so he joined the Lafayette Flying Corps instead. He served with French flying units and he completed 20 combat missions.

When the United States finally joined the war, Bullard was the only member of the Escadrille or the French Flying Corps who was NOT invited to join the US Air Service. The reason? At that time the Air Service only accepted white men.

After WWI Bullard became a jazz musician in Paris and he eventually owned a nightclub called ‘L’Escadrille’.

When the Germans invaded France and conquered it in WW2, his Club, and Bullard, became hugely popular with German officers, but what they DIDN’T know was that Bullard, who spoke fluent German, was actually working for the Free French as a spy.

He eventually joined a French infantry unit, but he was badly wounded and had to leave the service. By the end of the war, Bullard had become a national hero in France.

He later moved back to the U.S. where he was of course completely
unknown. Practically no one in the United States was aware of it when, after Eugene Bullard met with the President of France, he passed away, and today very, very few Americans, and especially African-Americans.

That happened too with the Canada. When Canada and the People’s Republic of China (PRC) resumed relations in the 1970’s the first thing the PRC did was to build a monument for Dr. Norman Bethune.

Dr.Bethune was a revolutionary fighter who helped the communist and served as a doctor in the guerilla bases in China during World War II. He was sent by the Commintern to a solidarity mission in China. He died of blood poisoning while operating Chinese soldiers in the field.

Just the same with the Americans, the Canadians wondered then who is Dr. Norman Bethune. He was a hero to the Chinese people but unknown in Canada. The same with Bullard, a hero in
France and unknown to the Americans.

America also honored many foreigners who served America like French Marquis La Fayette, the Polish General Thaddeus Kosciuszko, and the German Baron Von Steuben . They fought with General George Washington during the American Revolution. All of them were honored with memorials and monuments.

But still some heroes are really unknown even to their own people. That is one irony of our world.

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