July 22, 2018, 11:59 pm
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PRESIDENT Duterte should seriously take stock of the drug war and its costs to his hapless countrymen. 

He, with the “profound grasp of things” as San Beda Law Dean Fr. Ranhilio Aquino puts it, should know better than to ignore the incalculable political, economic and psycho-social damage it has wrought to more than seven thousand families in relation to the “progress” of the brutal drug war. 

Can the Presidential now claim substantial gains in the drug war as against the statistics of death and destruction? 

Indeed, a culture of impunity has seized the nation with the killing of priests and politicians emanating from the repeated pledges of criminal immunity from the President himself for the police and military that have perpetuated the cold-blooded killings. 

PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde would rather do the presidential bidding of stifling the job of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) being paid for by taxpayers, instead of risking his job to stand up for the rule of law. 

The mounting spate of killings never before witnessed in our nation’s post-war history may yet be a prelude to martial law, with Duterte entirely confident that the AFP and the House of Representatives will go along with it. 

Today’s pampered military is in Duterte’s hands, or so he thinks.  As “protector of the people,” unequivocably expressed in and directed by the Constitution, the AFP has not been inclined to draw the first blood from drug suspects most of whom did not stand a chance against well-armed police operatives. 

Although the soldiers traditionally adhere to the command “to shoot and ask questions” later, they have shown to empathize more with poor communities than the police, as their experience have proven that many of them had been victims of NPA and Muslim extremists’ atrocities. 

Through many years, the PNP has gone about the business of coddling and protecting drug pushers and dealers along with notable criminal activities right inside Camp Crame. 

More principled than those in the PNP, most in the military now see things in the light of history and, not in the light of wicked power and stolen wealth. Many junior officers now say, though not openly, that the military will not allow itself to be disgraced by the viciousness and abuses of martial law.

After calling God a huge expletive, President Duterte now says he does not believe in heaven or hell. And would be ready to resign the moment he finds out. 

Is he asking some of the dead to appear before him and testify where they are spending their afterlife? And that is the ultimate tragedy of life - deciding for one’s self that eternal life does not exist, at all. And when someone shows him a selfie with likely a vision of Jesus of which there are video documentations, he will certainly dismiss it saying Christ is not God. Of course, through the centuries, thousands of books had been written on God’s kingdom and the “place of torment” or hell, but Duterte would rather detract from the spiritual realm with his lamentable “natural” unsavory rhetoric that deny God and his promises. 

Well, he never had it so good after becoming President and relishes going up against anyone who seems to stand in his way, including God. Over and above his repeated rantings against the Catholic religion, is Duterte now hungry due to a certain vacuum inside him which seems to manifest through his persistent anger and homicidal threats? 

And likely, the savage drug war may have come from a heavily-traumatized mind and soul that have known violence from sexual abuse then. Presidential spokesman Harry Roque should try to take his boss aside to point out the major doctrinal truths in the Bible which he knows by
heart, as a former Bible teacher himself. Roque would be doing the President a disservice by withholding what he knows all his life - that ironically only God can fill that kind of void or emptiness.

“Too bad you are blind,” someone said to Fanny Crosby, the gifted writer and composer of more than two hundred Gospel songs. “With all your gifts, too bad God withheld your sight.” She answered, “My first request at birth would have been that God would remove my sight.”

“Why?” “Because when I get to heaven the first sight I will behold will be that of my Savior’s face.”

The Spanish mystic Unamieno, conversing with a peasant, suggested that perhaps there is a God but no heaven. The peasant thought a minute and then replied, “So what is this God for?”

Voltaire, the French philosopher and infidel, was more honest than some modern “Christian” preachers. When he received a letter from a man who said he had “succeeded in getting rid of the idea of hell,” Voltaire replied, “Congratulations - I wish I could.”
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