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By Carlos Legaspi Jr.

Questions that Matter

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

THE country is now at a loss over our intelligent and smart national officials. Billions of pesos were wasted in Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF). Now, I guess trillions of pesos are being wasted in Development Acceleration Program (DAP) being disbursed by the king’s men.

Our king has a lot of loyal supporters in the grasslands but those who are not in the grass roots. These supporters are supporting and defending the king to the point of even to be in conflict with the Church or morals. In reality, they are defending the king because of their own selfish interests. They would move easier with this king around to protect them.

Arroyo, Estrada, Enrile and Revilla are now in prison as samples of the maxim that nobody is above the law. However, in this country, they remain as samples or “pakitang-tao lamang.” It is just to “pahog” orscare the people. Although in reality, those in government are not afraid of this show.


Locally, our dear governor is correcting the Bishop. What is this? It seems that in one news item, the governor is defending the President and his horseman from prayers that the Bishop is asking from the faithful of the diocese on the 28th of this month. The governor is even saying that the Catholic Church is not also that clean to tell the people that the President is a thief. Actually, if one looks at the whole scenario, the Bishop has never called the President a thief, he (the bishop) was only asking the faithful to pray for our country and to free our country from the bondage of graft and corruption brought about by the DAP and PDAF issues.

The governor might have forgotten of the roles of the Church which are to preach, to sanctify and to serve. The Church, through the bishop and priests, are doing their role as teacher. They have to preach the truth and to expose any anomalies that would cloud the truth. The Church has to do this role in order to remind her members of the roles they have assumed upon reception of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation. Catholicism is not just a mark or a status, it is a way of life. Catholics are called to live a life of peace and truthfulness based on justice. The other roles are integrated with preaching.

On the other hand, government has pledged service to the people. Service that will make life humane and human. Government has the role to alleviate poverty and has also the inherent role to provide basic services to the people. It has never been a role of government to defend one who has committed a crime or a social sin. Government should defend the people and not the leader or leaders who have brought misery and poverty upon the society. Governments, in history, have been toppled down for failing to serve the people and for failing to bring justice to the leaders.

We join hands in solidarity and in prayer for the good of the country. We also pray for enlightenment upon those who have brought misery and poverty upon the people of God. May the Holy Spirit enlighten them to accept the truth that they are not of service to the society. Amen

St. Ezekiel Moreno, Sts. Pedro Calungsod and Lorenzo Ruiz, Pope St. John Paul II, Mons. John Liu and Su, and Sir Faraon Lopez, pray for us.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 23, 2014.


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