U.S.-based Youth Group Joins Calls for
BY EMILY VITAL
Posted 3:55 p.m. July 17, 2006
The League of
Filipino Students at San Francisco State University (LFS-SSU), San
Francisco, USA urged the U.S. government to deny Jocelyne “JocJoc”
Bolante political asylum.
In a statement,
Princess Bustos, chairperson of LFS-SFSU said, “It would not be right
for the U.S. government to give safe haven to a wanted man like Bolante.
We want to hold Bolante accountable for his crimes against the Filipino
people. The U.S. government should immediately deport Bolante so he can
face all the charges of graft and corruption, particularly the plunder
of 728 million pesos (intended to help Filipino farmers.”
Members of the LFS
chapter in San Francisco have been keeping tabs on the Bolante case ever
since a dozen of them arrived in the Philippines last week. The
Filipino American students will be attending the annual State of the
Nation Address protest as part of an international contingent
representing the International League of Peoples’ Struggles (ILPS).
does not deserve to receive ‘special treatment’ as a political refugee.
We Filipino Americans know that many regular Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
have been deported with impunity often just because they did not have
their immigration papers in order. Furthermore we find it disgusting
that the Philippine Consulate in the United States has taken great
initiative to offer Bolante legal assistance while they have barely
lifted a finger while many other working Filipinos have been torn away
from a much needed livelihood in the U.S.”
“It will be
absolutely outrageous if the American government will entertain a
request for asylum from an alleged criminal, yet has punished victims of
circumstance such as OFWs,” Bustos added.
Since the time of
the arrest of former Agriculture Undersecretary Jocelyne “JocJoc”
Bolante the front pages of newspapers all throughout the country have
been plastered with huge headlines reporting the arrest of a “GMA point
man” and the Philippine Senate calling for the extradition of Bolante to
chapter also said that the Philippine government should demonstrate its
commitment to due process and step up its efforts to extradite Bolante.
“If GMA claims that
she is a just leader of the people then perhaps she should show some
responsibility towards the masses of tax paying Filipinos whose millions
of hard-earned pesos have been misused. GMA should force Bolante to
return to the Philippines.” said Bustos.
Bustos also stated,
“LSF-SFSU challenges President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo to hold both
current and former members of her cabinet accountable for their alleged
involvement in schemes of plunder. Obviously GMA is afraid to extradite
Joc Joc since her hands have been soiled by dirty campaign money which
was originally intended to help the people of the Philippines.”
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