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Thursday, December 02, 2004

More Blacklist Articles

After several responses and press releases regarding the alleged GMA blacklist, here's another interesting article written by Emil Guillermo in response to an article by Rodel Rodis in the Philippine News. Of course, I symphatize with the professors because some of them have become my instructors in college. They are instructors for the Asian American Studies department at San Francisco State University, my major and alma mater. They all hold doctorate degrees and are highly respected and distinguished individuals in the Filipino American community who have pioneered in Asian American research and education. And I have witnessed their instruction and method of teaching first hand - they are passionate about the community but are not barbaric, ignorant and rowdy as being portrayed by whoever initiated the blacklist - a blacklist whose ownership has never really been claimed but have been passed on by finger pointing at officials and individuals. And I doubt they will ever get an apology because an apology would mean an admitance on the government or Consulate's side - an admitance of profiling, an admitance of a blacklist, and an admitance of a Philippine Secret Service equivalent (which is a given by the way, unless they can convince people otherwise).Click here to read the Amok article on this controversial issue. If the link doesn't work, see below for the Philippine News article. Also, click here to see the article by Rodel Rodis as blogged by The Wily Filipino.
SOURCE SPEAKS OUT ON THE LIST by Emil Guillermo, Dec 01, 2004, Philippine News

THE TRUTH is an elusive thing.

Please know, dear reader, I may be amok, but I will never lie to you.

Everything I do journalistically will be transparent.

There are no smoke and mirrors.

If I say I talked to someone, I did. If I couldn’t reach someone, I’ll say that too. Rest assured, I will always give you the truth as I know it.

Nothing less. Which brings us once again to the story of the visit of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and the alleged policy to bar American Filipino professors from San Francisco State University and their students from attending the honorary degree ceremony at the University of San Francisco.

When I first reported it in this column two weeks ago, I quoted a tipster, and not a source. I did it to protect the source.

Now the source has come forward, Marie Lorraine Mallare, an instructor at University of San Francisco, a co-sponsor with consulate of the recent PGMA visit. Mallare came forward in a letter to the Philippine News. She didn’t correct anything I said. She corrected statements made in an e-mail and published column of my PN colleague Rodel Rodis.

She takes issue with Rodel’s representation of how tickets were denied the S.F. State professors. Mallare wrote: “Mr. Rodis clearly failed to conduct adequate research with reliable sources before sending this article to print.

His false statements and false attributions of statements to me have seriously injured my personal and professional reputation in the Filipino community and my collegial relations and professional standing in the academic, journalist and legal communities.”

But what you read in my Amok column, Mallare confirms: Tickets were issued to her by the Philippine Consulate. They included tickets for her professorial colleagues at the SF State: Dawn Mabalon, Allyson Tintiangco Cubales, and Dan Begonia. Mallare took receipt of the tickets, but was subsequently asked to return the ones issued specifically under Tintangco Cubales.

“When asked why, the reply was ‘because we don’t want potential disrupters,’” said Mallare in the letter to PN. “I refused to give back all the tickets issued for S.F. State, except for Allyson’s because the consulate had specifically identified her as being on a “Secret Service list.”

There’s that “list” that doesn’t exist, right? Mallare named Ludy Manalo of the Philippine Consulate staff as the one who asked her to return the tickets which had already been delivered to her. Mallare also took exception to Rodel’s statement that Mallare never received any tickets because the Consulate had run out of them. Rodel even quoted Mandap that the Consulate ran out of tickets.

The e-mail had more errors than Rodel’s published column in last week’s paper, according to Malllare. But one was a glaring error. Mallare objected to this sentence Rodel wrote about her in his column: “She further acknowledged that it was not the consulate people who expressed concerns about certain professors and students at S.F. State but officials at USF.”

Wrote Mallare: “Again, false statement. I never stated this to anyone, either Consul Mandap or to Rodel Rodis. I had tickets/passes for an academic colleague of mine from SF State, Dr. Allyson Tintiangco Cubales however as I explained earlier, the two tickets which I had earmarked for her were asked by the Philippine Consulate for its return. I complied immediately.”

To add to matters, I received two rather pointed e-mails from USF President Stephen Privett, S.J., where USF claims no responsibility. I’ll spare Privett the embarrassment of his verbatim e-mails. But Privett confirmed that the consulate was on its own about ticket distribution. Any banning of SF State profs and their students was the consulate’s doing. “USF had no voice in distribution of tickets by the local consulate, nor should it,” wrote Privett. So USF is out of the loop.

And now all that’s left is just the consulate and PGMA with a rather heavy handed effort to insure that her honorary degree ceremony would go off without a few noisy protestors inside the event. How anal is that? Mandap already confirmed to me last week, there was something internal among the Consulate that targeted the SF State profs and their students. List?

Mallare said she heard that word. There’s no denying that.

What else could the Consulate but try to cover its tracks by saying it had no tickets.Sounds plausible. But after reading Mallare’s letter, it’s easy to see what happened. It just goes to show how far the consulate will go to appease her excellency PGMA. Curtailing personal and academic freedoms in America? At a so-called public event?

Such freedoms are no small thing in the United States of America.

Now all that’s needed is the proper apology. Let’s hope that’s forthcoming.

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