Who knows?

Ever since I started to love our country, I have a nagging question inside my small brain – why is our country moving backward? Without any clear answer,  my logical mind tend to believe: that lust for power has something to do with it – Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely., that most of if not all our leaders and citizens are already corrupted by the rotten system.

Last week Archbishop Ramon Arguelles made a disturbing statement to justify the decision of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) not to back the impeachment bid against Gloria Arroyo. My logical mind somehow got a good piece of that answer:

Talaga naman nandaya, e. Pero kahit nandaya, maliwanag naman na si Presidente ang nanalo. Hindi siguro one million (votes) pero siguro mga ilang hundred thousand.

Lahat naman nandaya, e. Natalo lang ‘yung iba sa dayaan.

Which,  in simple words, the archbishop’s message was,  doing bad or immoral thing is okay if everyone is doing it to everybody! And you do not need to be a genius to understand what he said, do you?

This line of thinking is without a doubt, one of the reasons why our country is going down.

Having a small brain in my head, half of which are filled with blog things, I now presume that perhaps, the same kind of people, the likes of this  archbishop with twisted mind were the people who taught our parents and our politicians about the concept of right and wrong. It is somewhat ironic that most if not all of our parents, politicians, and us graduated from the schools run by the archbishop’s kind (priests, nuns, or a religious order).

Who knows, perhaps during our early years inside their churches, one or many of them taught us  in a subtle way, the twisted reasoning that cheating is not cheating when everybody is cheating everyone.  Who knows, perhaps one or most of of our early teachers (hired and educated by them) and the so-called moralist of our society think the way the archbishop thinks?

Maybe my assumption and my thoughts here reflect how twisted my mind is. Maybe the archbishop shaped and twisted it.

Who knows?

I am worried.

A lot of questions now linger in my mind. Would the good archbishop agree and say the same thing if all Filipinas do abortions? Would the good archbishop officiate marriage if groups of Filipino gays and lesbians ask him?

Is Archbishop Ramon Arguelles’ twisted concept,  the general stand of the archbishops in the Philippines?

Lahat naman nandaya, e. Natalo lang ‘yung iba sa dayaan.

Then you worry!

My simple prayer: Father forgive me for I have blogged so much. Forgive me for I have ranted a lot. In return, I offer this rant for free to Archbishop Ramon Arguelles.

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29 Responses to “Who knows?”


  1. 1 melai July 19, 2006 at 4:06 am

    And forgive CBCP for they didn’t know what they’re doing.

  2. 2 anoba July 19, 2006 at 6:28 am

    Maybe this the same mentality why we Filipinos easily forgot those people who abused us. Look at the Marcoses and the Estrada and the cronies, etc.., They are now back in power and enjoying life while us, where are we?

    It goes without saying that “Mandaraya naman lahat ng pulitiko, iboto na lang natin ang medyo konti lang mandaya”. No wonder, our system is rotting fast.

    “Forgive me father, for I agree with this rant and this rant is for all the archbishop kind. Forgive you, you are lost shepperd gone to the dogs. While you howl for Da Vinci Code – a fiction, you are mum with reality.”

    This is my first comment in the blog world outside my blog.

    Thank you.

  3. 3 jane July 19, 2006 at 7:13 am

    ayoko nang pagisipan pa ang ganitong bagay, ang gulo na. nakaka bad trip lang eh😦

  4. 4 Schumey July 19, 2006 at 10:13 am

    Regressive talaga, sabi ng administrasyon na puro isisp talangka ang mga kritiko nila, Ay sila dapat yata ang sabihan ng ganito.

    Arguelles definitely does not have an iota of morality in him, and to think he has risen to the rank of bishop. There are no gray areas in morality, either wrong or right lang. Its bishops like him that drives away the Catholics. This is the reason why I don’t believe in confessions, true pardon can only be achieved by rectifying the mistake and facing the consequences of ones acts.

  5. 5 me July 20, 2006 at 6:06 am

    Jane: I know what you mean.

  6. 6 me July 20, 2006 at 6:57 am

    Schumey: Master na ng administrsyon ang manisi o ibaling ang sisi sa ibang tao. Sanay na sanay na sila. Ang galing ano? Yon ang paniwala nila.

    For me, Archibishop Arguelles should be sent to children’s camp. Perhaps he will learn from them the real meaning of right and wrong.

  7. 7 me July 20, 2006 at 6:58 am

    Melai: Amen!

  8. 8 me July 20, 2006 at 6:59 am

    Anoba: I totally agree with you.

  9. 9 Eric July 21, 2006 at 1:25 am

    When I moved back to Manila, in my attempt to gain a better understanding of the current local culture/mind-set,I re-read Noli Me Tangere and El Filibusterismo (English translations), including a couple of other books on Estrada, Filipino-American War, and etc.

    I then came across a book by M.V.Hamada – SWATTING THE SPANISH FLIES (a critical commentary on some sweet lies/bitter truths in Philippine history). Her arguments and observations, for the most part, made me understand and appreciate even more the columns of Conrado de Quiros (Phil Inquirer).

    Not to trivialize your concerns and worry, but the old American saying, “You cannot have good government without good people” is both applicable and appropriate here and now. And that massive grassroot campaigns are essential to empower our regular folks — not to overthrow a sitting leader — but in conducting their daily affairs such as beginning with excercisinhg their rights and power as consumers, encouraging the practice of common decency among each other, value the power of their voting rights, and so on and so forth.

    The essence of true “people power,” I think, is the constant development of our citizenry. Without it, our political leaders, just the same, will never rehabilitate their old, destructive, and disempowering ways.

  10. 10 Major Tom July 21, 2006 at 6:23 am

    It was indeed surprising that CBCP made this decision..in fact it was shocking at some point. Sana hindi na sila nakialam or nagbigay ng statement tungkol dito, knowing that they’d be in a very bad light, considering the talks of how some bishops have receive some benefits from Malacanang…

  11. 11 me July 21, 2006 at 10:55 am

    Eric: I totally agree with you and I know what you mean.

    Did you know that according to published report by our census office “Eight in Ten Filipinos are Functionally Literate (Results from the 2003 Functional Literacy, Education and Mass Media Survey) …Functional literacy is a higher level of literacy which includes not only reading and writing skills but also numerical and comprehension skills

    Mathematically speaking, the 20% that belongs to the not functionally literate could make the difference in terms of vote. Putting it in number, that translates to around 3.456 million votes (57.6m by 30% voting population by 20%)

    Functional literacy as defined by UNESCO Institute for Statitistics is “A person is functionally literate who can engage in all those activities in which literacy is required for effective function of his or her group and community and also for enabling him or her to continue to use reading, writing and calculation for his or her own and the community’s development.“.

    As they say, we get what we deserved.

  12. 12 myepinoy July 21, 2006 at 11:13 am

    Major Tom: Going underneath the surface, you can exactly see who the real winner here. Those in power suceeded in making the people think that even the shepperds of the flock were like them. A typical psy-war done by despots or would-be despots.

  13. 13 consuela July 21, 2006 at 9:22 pm

    That is a concerning topic. I hope for the best…

    meanwhile, take it easy and have a great weekend! *hugs*

  14. 14 me July 22, 2006 at 8:32 am

    Consuela: Thank you. Have a great weekend too.

  15. 15 Eric July 25, 2006 at 11:58 pm

    Hi!

    I tagged you for this meme I received from Major Tom. Fun to do but you don’t have to do it if you have no time for it.

    Cheers!

    Eric

  16. 16 Patrice July 26, 2006 at 4:22 pm

    Could not help but comment on comment no. 11 in reference to being “functinally literate”. That is the main reason why politicians (or good suppliers, etc.) always target this majority of our society. They can make the difference between success and failure not depending on whether it is good or bad.

  17. 17 Jayred July 27, 2006 at 3:17 pm

    What else is new?

    Talagang we really need to pray for our country. Hay.

  18. 18 bingskee July 29, 2006 at 3:38 pm

    so frustrating. this is why people doesnt trust people like Arguelles anymore…

  19. 19 melai August 1, 2006 at 9:42 am

    bakit naa pasword protected yung entry mo? uhmmmnn

  20. 20 bw August 2, 2006 at 1:24 am

    It is for this very reason that the separation of church and state was formulated by the founding fathers of democracy because religion and politics are mutually exclusive much like oil and water are best viewed as distinct entities that complement each other, with neither dominating another.

    When the bishop declared that all candidates are cheaters and election is all about the choice between the devil and the deep blue sea he is absolutely right. What makes it sound wrong is because he is a priest, a man of God who is not supposed to endorse anything short of unrighteous.

    Islam’s shink-wrap solution to this dilemma is the all-encompassing Sharia Law, where the principles and laws of government are solely based on religious tenets this eliminating any possible conflict between religious and secular interpretation.

    The Catholic Church must do its part in ministering to its adherents outside the context of state business and stop meddling with the affairs of the state to avoid conflict of interest and prevent unnecessary backlash and breach of trust on such comments such as those made by the bishop.

  21. 21 Jayred August 2, 2006 at 9:00 am

    p.s. Rolly, how can one read your “No More Tears” entry? I don’t know how to get a password — stupid as it sounds.🙂

    Have a blessed week!

  22. 22 Lani August 10, 2006 at 10:47 pm

    Ye, Mang Rolly how to get a password, naiintriga ako sa entry mo na iyan.

    Nakakalungkot ang nangyayari sa bansa natin. Pati bishop ganyan ang katwiran, dapt maturuan iyan ng anak ko. Iyan lagi sinasabi ko sa anak ko, hindi porke nakita mo na maraming gumagawa ng mali ay iyon ang tama. Manindigan sa tama kahit pa marami kang mabangga.

  23. 23 myepinoy August 11, 2006 at 11:27 am

    BW: I have lots of thoughts running in my mind about your comment. However, I will not list them all down here.

    Ideally, the principle of separation of church and state is excellent and so does the Sharia law. Unfortunately, in all cases and perhaps everywhere, it is always the human component that fail.

    Living in this part of the world that has the Sharia law in effect does not make any difference at all. Why, because people who interpret and and implement them are also human and as such making it effective or ineffective depends on the integrity or mentality of persons who will implement them.

    How often did we hear the too famous line – “Tao lang po (I am only Human)”?

  24. 24 myepinoy August 11, 2006 at 11:07 am

    Eric and Major Tom: Thank you so much for tagging me. I will try to do them as soon as I totally get back to blogging. I am still mourning the death of my beloved pc. Weird ha?

    Patrice: That is one hundred percent true sometimes but not all the time.

    Jayred: You are absolutely right.Who can beat the power of prayers?

    Bingkee: Sometimes it is really hard to trust someone who is as human as we are.

    Lani: I guess lahat tayo ay tinuruan ng ganito simula noong bata pa tayo kaya lang hindi na re-reinforce kasi iba ang nakikita ng mga bata sa matatanda. Isa pa, sa tingin ko di naituro sa atin kung ano ang consenquences kung maninidigan ka sa tama at kung papaano ang gagawin mo upang maging matatag sa harap ng ganitong sitwasyon.

    Kaya, pag nasa kalagitnaan na ng bulok sistema ang mga matitinong tao ay kinakain na rin sila nito.

    About the password for “No more Tears”: This is a personal entry that contains something very important and not for public consumption.


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