APRIL 2021


APR. 2021 Editorial Cartoon by Jym Andalis

"...After 500 Years in the Philippines"

"...(continued from index page)

Forgive others who have wronged you. Love your enemies.

How do the 80 million Filipinos who profess to be Christians measure against these basic tenets of their faith?

Ruling oligarchs

Outside observers often ask why 65 per cent of the people in the Philippines approve of the way their incumbent president run the country despite the widespread human rights abuses Rodrigo Duterte has committed in the course of his political career.


Thousands who fall victims to extra judicial killings are the poor that Christ has supposedly loved so much. Further, no fewer than 40 million of the population are said to be living in poverty because of widespread corruption and policies promulgated by the ruling oligarchs.

Foul incentives

It’s also unimaginable for Christ to treat women like the way their misogynist leader disrespects Filipinas. In words and in deeds, Duterte savages them incessantly.


Never mind if you are the vice president elected like him by the Filipino people. Or you are the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Or an acclaimed journalist. Or the courageous Leila de Lima who he imprisoned with fake charges.


Under the present regime, democratic institutions were shuttered. The judicial and legislative branches were cowed into submitting to his whims. Freedom of press is suppressed. Critics are harassed, silenced or jailed.
Those who suffered under the oppressive martial rule of dictator Ferdinand


Marcos are witnessing a worst situation under this present administration. Marcos was careful not to disrespect the Church, unlike Duterte who now glory in heaping foul invectives to no less than the Pope and other religious leaders.


What rationale then the Filipino Christians can put forward to justify their claim that theirs is the “only Christian country in Asia.”


By our deeds they will know we are Christians…” so goes a popular gospel song.


The wide spread silence of the Filipinos amid these atrocities is alarming, to say the least. Within the realm of the Christian faith, the indifference of the Filipino believers…their absence of moral outrage, is undoubtedly qualifies as a “mortal sin.”


No less than Pope Francis celebrated a mass to mark five hundred years of Christianity in the Philippines. Given the state of affairs back home, is there really a reason to celebrate? But if Filipinos are to do so, their response to circumstances gripping the nation should be Christ-like.


Then celebrate they must. Short of that, Filipino Christians are nothing but complicit in the fast decline of the Christian faith. It is Christ again back at Via Dolorosa on to Golgotha.

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