primary purpose of Catholic schools in the Philippines is not really to
educate but to indoctrinate. The reason they exist is to insure that the
power and influence the Church wields is carried forward onto succeeding
generations. That is the raison d'être for every school, college and
university run by Catholic clergy all across the country.
Thus the Roman Catholic
Church is doing very well in this Southeast Asian country. Elsewhere, the
church might be rocked by scandals or find it difficult to replenish its
ranks, but not so in the Philippines. With an exploding population, and an
almost rabid form of Catholicism, the country is fertile ground for the
recruitment of new members of the clergy who are then “exported” to all
corners of the globe. This ideal situation the Catholic Church finds itself
in did not occur by happenstance. It has taken almost half a millennium of
careful crafting. And Catholic schools play a central role in making the
It started centuries ago
with the creation of Catholic elementary schools for the middle and upper
classes of Philippine society—young boys and girls who would one day hold positions of
power and authority. Starting from the tender ages of five or six, these
children are indoctrinated not only with the tenets of the Catholic faith,
but with behavior and traits that the Church deems beneficial to its
continued survival. These young Filipino boys and girls learn to be
timid and compliant; they are taught never to question the authority of the
Church; they are instructed
to treat with disdain anything that undermines Church teachings; They are
told that no matter
the evil they do, as long as they remain loyal to the Church and ask for
forgiveness, they will be forgiven; and they are made to understand from
very early on that
their existence on this earth is nothing but a brief, almost insignificant
prelude to an afterlife that will last for all eternity.
During the Spanish colonial
period such indoctrination made it possible for just a "handful" of Spaniards to
control—oftentimes oppressively—an entire population. And
today, the Catholic Church continues what the crafty Spanish friars started
nearly half a millennia ago.
One of the most egregious
consequences of Catholic education in the Philippines has been the
de-emphasis of science education among Filipinos. Many Filipinos would
rather pray for a miracle than work at finding a solution to a problem. And while some
would argue that Catholic run colleges and universities have science
departments, the truth is that, those departments exist simply to obfuscate
the fact that science is actually systematically deemphasized in those institutions. And the
proof is in the pudding. Where are the Filipino Nobel laureates? Where are
the scientific papers authored by Filipino scientists? Where are the
inventions created by brilliant Filipino minds? And where is all that
scientific research that should be going on in these Catholic institutions
of higher learning?
Are there Filipinos with
great scientific minds? Of course there are! And there would be a lot more
of them if the Government steps in and corrects the mis-education that the
Catholic Church in the Philippines has been promoting all these centuries.
But will that ever happen? Probably not because most positions
in government, from the president of the country on down, are held by
graduates of Catholic schools. So, touché Catholic Church. Congratulations,
you have stacked the deck in your favor. You win! But who loses? If you
happen to be
in the Philippines, just look around you at the third-world country it has
become. Then decide who the real losers are.
An Australian living in the Philippines published a book titled: “The Unlucky Country. The Republic of the Philippines in the 21st Century.” The author Duncan McKenzie came up with the title as the counterpoint to “The Lucky Country” a book written in the mid-sixties that refers to Australia. In his book McKenzie explains that the Philippines is unlucky because, for starters, it is an archipelago and therefore naturally fragmented.
We’ve all heard the saying “justice delayed is justice denied.” That maxim has been around since time immemorial. In fact the Pirkei Avot (Hebrew for “Ethics of the Fathers”) which dates back to the 1st century B.C. mentions an old rabbi saying that goes: “the sword comes into the world, because of justice delayed and justice denied." In 1215 A.D. a clause from the Magna Carta similarly declares that “to no one will we refuse or delay, right or justice."
Amal Alamuddin Clooney Wants to Defend Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ...Why?
Okay so she's George Clooney's wife, she's got great looks, a law degree and ambitious enough to make a name for herself apart from that of her superstar husband. Fair enough. So Amal Alamuddin Clooney decides to take on high profile cases of injustice around the world. Even better. But filing a complaint with the United Nations Human Rights Council on behalf of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo? What's up with that? Better do your homework Mrs. Clooney. It won't take long for you to realize that Arroyo is getting exactly what she deserves.
Manny Pacquiao Should Not Be Given a Tax Exemption
Senator Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III has proposed a bill to grant Manny Pacquiao a special tax exemption for the income he will earn from his May 2nd boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. Pimentel justifies his bill as a "fitting tribute" to the Filipino eight-division world champion adding that "Manny is now part of our history and of world sports history. Let’s give him this tax incentive in recognition to his invaluable efforts to promote boxing and the country around the world."
With Negotiators Like These on Our Team, Who Needs an Opposing Side?
What on earth happened to these two women—supposedly handpicked by the president himself to argue on behalf of the Philippine government in peace negotiations with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front—who now seem to be mouthpieces for the Moros? Have Secretary Teresita Deles, Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process and Professor Miriam Coronel-Ferrer, chair of the negotiating panel become mesmerized by the tough "macho" image the rebels project?
Why is the NBI Going After Those Who Uploaded the Sagonoy Video?
According to NBI Director Virgilio Mendez, they have identified the individuals who uploaded the video showing the coldblooded killing of PO2 Joseph Sagonoy. The cellphone video was purportedly taken by Muslim rebels during the Jan. 25, 2014 encounter between the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front rebel group. The video shows a wounded Sagonoy who is shot twice in the head at close range.
Twice the Heroes—the SAF 44 Who Lost Lives in Mamasapano
The 44 members of the Philippine National Police-Special Action Force (SAF) who were brutally killed in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25, 2015 are heroes twice over: first, they paid the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country; second, they exposed for all to see, the dangers the country will face if the Bangsamoro Basic Law (BBL) is passed.
No More Bangsamoro, Period!
With each passing day, it is becoming increasingly clear that the idea of a Bangsamoro is a bad idea. Just as the Memorandum of Agreement on Ancestral Domain (MOA-AD) spearheaded by former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was a bad idea (and declared unconstitutional in 2008 by the Supreme Court). Just as the failed Autonomous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) during the 1990s was a bad idea.
After the Mamasapano Massacre, Plans for a Bangsamoro Must Be Scrapped
What happened in Mamasapano, Maguindanao on January 25 is a "game changer"—make no mistake about it. Reality as we saw it before this event is not the reality we see now...everything is different; everything has "changed. When the Philippine National Police's (PNP) elite team known as the Special Action Force or SAF set out to arrest Zulkifli bin Hir alias Marwan, it had actionable intelligence that the Malaysian fugitive was hiding in the town of Mamasapano. Marwan, an expert bomb maker, is a core member of the terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah.