march for life. Inquirer file photo.
an’s first loyalty should be to God and not to political or economic
interests and much less to evil, powerful people who engage in all kinds
of demonic activities.
was it that so many church-going German Catholics and other Christians
gave their support and loyalty to Hitler, a murderous tyrant, cheering
and hailing him even if they knew or pretended not to know that he
instigated the genocidal mass murder of Jews, Gypsies and homosexuals,
an act which is clearly against God’s laws?
and evil inclinations lurk in the hearts of human beings. The Germans
who cheered and supported Hitler sided with the evil inside of them and
allowed their cowardice and herd mentality to overcome their individual
Christian responsibilities of speaking out against and resisting evil.
Calling oneself a Christian means nothing unless one lives and even dies
if necessary, like a true Christian. A man (or woman) who cooperates
with evil with his silence or actively serves and supports evil clearly
displeases God. Many Filipinos today who call themselves Catholics or
Christians serve and/or support evil forces.
a leader obsessed with death and violence rules the land by terrorizing
the citizens and mocks God with his lies and insolent mouth–and when he
wants to kill or imprison or dispose of all of his political enemies–we
ought to recognize that terrible demonic dark forces are at work. Such a
leader brings out the worst in people. He will drag souls to hell with
Millions of Germans were used by Hitler to carry out his evil ways. As
Nazi enforcers they arrested, tortured, imprisoned and murdered innocent
men, women and children to ingratiate themselves with their evil leader
in exchange for some privileges and security. They chose Satan over God.
Where are these evil men and women now? Most of them are dead just like
the millions they murdered. Are their souls in the same place? The past
is a great ocean of truth.
2016 PDI front page.
Inquirer file photo.
evil ruler wants to convince the people that the evil things he does are
for the good of the country and insists that he is telling the truth
when he gives justification for his murderous policies. He knows that
men and women desire to know the truth. But, in reality, he is not
really interested in the truth. His interest is “to be considered as
being in the right.” As such, he presents partial or fake truth that
strongly argues that he is right. By so doing, he wants to show that his
critics are wrong. He needs his critics to be wrong because if he is
able to persuade his audience with his lies that he is right–then his
untruth becomes truth. His cruelty and violence become virtues. His mass
murders are then considered justice.
Germans under Hitler lived under a tyranny of lies which affirmed itself
in establishing power and gaining increasing control over men and
women’s minds and hearts. They believed that they were doing good in
being faithfully obedient to the Fuhrer’s commands. People often believe
not because they want to know the truth, but because they think they
have something to gain even if they sense that what they believe in is
Millions of Filipinos know that the Philippines today is governed by a
terribly evil man surrounded by opportunistic characters from the top to
the bottom of society who see life as primarily one big struggle for
money and power. Consider the many sycophantic bootlicking Senators,
Congressmen, judges, government officials, and individuals who lie and
cover up for their evil leader instead of being outraged—as decent human
beings should be—at the terrible killings and lies that are going on.
leader instigating the murder of thousands of human beings, fomenting
mass fear and hate and causing family members and friends to turn
against one another and claiming that he is doing this for love of
country is clearly engaged in demonic activity.
Philippines is 86 percent Catholic. But is it a Christian society? A
Christian society does not mean that it is a society run by the Catholic
Church or by priests and nuns or by Protestant sects. It is not even one
where people go to church. A truly Christian society is one where a true
love for God and His command to love our neighbors as ourselves exist in
the hearts and minds of the people. Authentically loving God means a
commitment to what is true and right and good. Genuinely loving one’s
fellowmen means respecting him, helping him when he needs help,
protecting him and forgiving him when he has done wrong.
long as we do not have this genuine love for God and man, we cannot call
ourselves a Christian society. The Philippines now has a leader with no
moral leadership who formulates anti-human policies, openly instigates
mass murders and then hides behind legal niceties saying that there is
no evidence that he and his men are behind these killings. Everyone
knows they are but the ordinary man and woman overwhelmed by fear
remains silent or even shows support for this clearly evil regime for
his own security. The Philippines clearly presently does not have a
genuine Christian society.
have very short lives. How we live and how we die depends on what we
believe in and what we value most. These are trying times in the
Philippines when God is putting individual Filipinos everywhere to the
test. Either we side with God or with the devil. God created us for only
one purpose: For Him to love us and for us to freely love Him. We may
have different situations but these are just circumstantial incidentals.
the first man and woman on earth to the last, human existence has to do
with the choices between good and evil that we make which relate to our
final destination when we leave this earth. We need to be constantly
conscious of this reality. Trading one’s soul for ephemeral things such
as money, power, fame, pleasures or a sense of security is the worst
bargain that a man or woman can enter into. Yet how many people every
day engage in killing, hurting others, stealing and lying for these
things. In the end, it makes no difference how much suffering and
difficulties we face on this earth, as long as we are sincere in truly
loving God in every facet of our lives and obey his command to love our
fellowmen we win.
most fundamental God-given right of every human being is the right to
life. The due process right of an accuse to prove his innocence in a
proper court of law is also a fundamental human right developed over
hundreds of years by the human family. The Philippines and its people
recognize these fundamental sacred rights. The Philippine Constitution
declares unequivocally: “Article XIII sets out the state’s duty to
promote social justice and protect human rights. It also establishes the
Commission on Human Rights.”
Philippines now has a dark anti-human President who openly declares that
he does not respect human rights and instigates extrajudicial killings
as an instrument of national policy. Over 14,000 people have been killed
since he sat in office. Those who support his anti-human policies are
part of a very great evil whose effects on Philippine society and
culture will be long-lasting. They are establishing among Filipinos the
mindset that it’s okay to violate God’s and man’s laws, that it’s okay
to engage in violence and murder and that fundamental human rights have
no value. In openly and clearly violating the Constitution and
disrespecting basic moral values the President has betrayed the
citizenry. No one is above the law. By betraying the people, including
handing over the country’s territories to the Chinese, he has lost his
legitimacy to lead the country as its president.
Church-going Filipinos pray for the killings to stop. Inquirer file
world starved for love, kindness and peace, the present Philippine
President foments hate, cruelty, violence and death. He even wants the
death penalty restored, imprison children as young as 12 and continue
with the government policy of extra judicial killings. He openly
encourages police and military elements to unhesitatingly engage in
these extra judicial killings, plant false evidence of guns against
those they kill and claim that they fought back. He assures killer
police elements that they will not suffer penalties as he will pardon
them. As a result, policemen or policemen disguised as vigilantes have
killed thousands. He wants the world to openly know that he is behind
these killings but at the same time mocks the law by saying that no
evidence can be produced that he ordered these killings. But the
situation speaks for itself that he is the one who is behind these
murders. The legal principle known as Res Ipsa Loquitor —translated as
“the thing speaks for itself” — clearly applies. If he were not the
president, basic logic suggests that these killings of thousands of
people would not have happened.
the future, Filipinos would look at this era of thousands of
extrajudicial murders with shame. Any individual with a modicum of moral
conscience can easily grasp the great evil in torturing and murdering
thousands of human beings without affording them their basic human right
to prove their innocence. How so many Filipinos supported this great
evil in these times will be remembered with great shame for generations
to come. They will ask: How did this terrible distortion of moral values
happen to our people in those times? It appears that Philippine society
has strayed away from the straight path. Every decent human being who
respects the sanctity of life should speak out, condemn and protest
against these serial killings that are going on. We must do our part in
creating a better society for future generations of Filipinos. We should
not accommodate ourselves to the evils of the Philippines’ present
society and government. Put your trust in God, not in the lies of a
demonic leader. Christian principles are definitely counter to the mass
murders, the violations of human rights and lies that are going on.
Hitler was dead and gone, the thousands of Nazis who carried out the
mass murders of millions claimed innocence, saying that they were just
carrying out orders. The Nuremberg court did not buy that argument. Many
were condemned. But many more escaped. There were so many of them that
the courts were overwhelmed by their numbers. But they had sold their
souls to Satan and had to live the rest of their lives and maybe even
after with that reality. The killers and toadies of a ruthless tyrant
president will also have to live with the reality of their cooperation
with great evil long after this president is no longer in power. The
evil of mass murders going on in the Philippines is obvious and
recognizable to even the most ordinary person with a normal sense of
what is morally abhorrent. The whole world recognizes and condemns these
extrajudicial state-sponsored killings. But today troll supporters, real
or paid or computer generated who threaten the Philippine President’s
critics with insults, bodily harm and even death shout that only they
understand the problems of the Philippines and the world has no business
in interfering with Philippine policy. Wrong. Filipinos are part of the
human family and when a ruthless tyrant is slaughtering thousands and
violating human rights it is right for the whole global human family to
cry out against these anti-human crimes and stop them.
overcrowding in Philippine prisons.
Inquirer file photo.
living conditions in a country’s prisons reflect governmental attitudes
towards prisoners who do not cease to be human beings even if they are
prisoners. Overcrowded, sweltering hot, stuffy, smelly Philippine
prisons are the closest thing to hell on this earth. Cells designed to
hold a limited number of prisoners are stuffed with 5 or more times that
number. They are fed food unfit for human consumption. Toilet facilities
are not able to accommodate the great number of inmates. They have to
defecate and urinate on the small space on the floor where they sleep.
Medical care is hardly available for those who are sick. Many inmates
become insane or die or kill themselves because of the horrible
conditions. Philippine prisons are the most overcrowded inhumane prisons
in the world. The Philippine leadership shows no concern for the plight
of the poor inmates and even mocks them, which clearly reflect an
anti-human attitude. This is a very important human concern that needs
to be addressed.
spiritual and everyday lives of Filipinos everywhere are now faced with
the possibilities and challenges of the present times. A great darkness
weighs heavily on the land. We must face this darkness with faith,
courage, hope and prayers. For sure, the reign of all evil rulers ends
sooner or later. The questions we need to ask ourselves now while we are
living in these evil times: Am I cooperating with the evil that is by
allowing my fear to silence my conscience? Am I in some way sustaining
the present evil by not resisting it and worst, supporting it because I
am gaining some material or political advantage? Woe unto those who keep
themselves blind to the reality of evil powers and principalities.
Atty. Ted Laguatan is a San Francisco area
based human rights lawyer and is also one of only 29 lawyers officially
certified continuously for more than 30 years by the California State
Bar as an Expert-Specialist in Immigration Law. His law firm also does
major accident injuries and wrongful death cases. Tel: (650)
634-8668, email: firstname.lastname@example.org