Filipino president wants to hire Giuliani as consultant

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo today lashed at critics anew, saying her choice of former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani as a consultant on fighting crime will rank the country among the “world class.”

“Those are anti-Americans,” Ms. Macapagal said of critics, who contend that hiring Giuliani indicates the “Americanization” of the Macapagal administration.

“As far as I am concerned, I will look for technology that will place the Filipinos in the world class in everything, including fighting crimes,” she said in an ambush interview.

Ms. Macapagal received a round of criticism over her plans to get Giuliani’s expertise in combating criminality, a serious problem driving away investors from the Philippines.

“I cannot be distracted by noises like this,” she said, adding, “Eighty-four percent of the people support my presidency.”

She stressed, however, that she still has to talk with Giuliani, who attained world fame for his focused leadership following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center last year.

“We haven’t even talked about [a budget]. We haven’t seen how much he charges others. The thing is, we do have a budget for crime fighting. We do have a contingency fund,” Macapagal said.

Meantime, many Filipino-Americans who were asked by the Filipino-Asian Bulletin to comment on the hiring of Giuliani’s hiring as a consultant expressed the belief that it would be a waste of money.

“Hiring Giuliani is too expensive. It is better for the government to spend this money in modernizing police equipment,” said Jovy Caldejon of Jersey City, N. J.

“Giuliani might be good for New York City, but he will be like a fish out of water in the Philippines. He will just be a disappointment and an embarrassment,” remarked Rene Marco, a computer analyst.

“We will be wasting our hard-earned dollars if we hire Giuliani as a consultant on crimes. There are a lot of bright boys in Manila who can do the job and they can be paid in pesos,” said Jose Grecia, of Edison, N. J.

According to reports, Giuliani charges at least $75,000 (P 3.5 million) as a speaker for conventions or meetings.

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