Indefensible

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    ‘No one has imagined that this nation would attain economic and political sufficiency to enable it to impose sanctions on highly-developed countries like those belonging to the EP.’

    SPEAKER Allan Peter Cayetano’s intent was to please his principal when he released an angry retort against the European Parliament’s overwhelming vote calling for the release of Sen. Leila de Lima, the renewal of the ABS-CBN franchise, and the dismissal of criminal raps against Rappler chief Maria Resa. It comes with the threat of the European Union breaking substantial trade relations with the Philippines.

    “Itaga nyo sa bato” was Cayetano’s strong warning to the EP that there will come a time when the Philippines imposes, in return, economic sanctions on countries belonging to the European Union. No one has imagined that this nation would attain economic and political sufficiency to enable it to impose sanctions on highly-developed countries like those belonging to the EP.

    Cayetano knows very well that the current human rights and press freedom issues hounding the administration are indefensible in the face of the very credible United Nations and EU universal standards in law, justice and political and press freedom. In a strange way, Cayetano wants the EP to go the way of the legal process to “first ask questions” before making the demands on the government, the same words which should have otherwise conscionably reigned with police drug operatives in the brutal EJKs to ask questions first before firing.

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    The last time our country experienced really tough economic sanctions and a huge loss of investor confidence was right after the assassination of Ninoy Aquno in 1983. The peso crashed to a low of P26, from P15, to the dollar just two weeks. Huge foreign investments in key businesses and industries flew off due to the spiraling social and political unrest. The growing upheaval culminated in the EDSA revolution three years later.

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    Please try to find time for my new radio program on DWIZ 882 AM, a departure from my occasional incisive social and political commentaries in this highly-esteemed broadsheet and in my past programs on the pioneering DZRH. Titled “Salvation Today” with evangelist Sherween Eslava as main anchor and Pastora Merlie Quiogue as prayer leader, it deals with Biblical teachings and Holy Spirit-filled healings. I go on-air every Friday, 10 p.m. to 11 p.m. The fresh format (for me) brings a freedom of sorts that releases me from bitterness, disappointments, fault-finding, and self-righteousness – a wave of gloom in our troubled country that has driven my broadcast journalism career, along with its failure to provide inspiration and hope. I would find out that the news is a contradiction of the “Good News” which is, of course, another term for the Gospel.

    Many in the news media struggle with their faith because reason and logic are paramount on how they look at circumstances – and at the world. I have learned to embrace “The “Good News,” and indeed in the person of the compassionate and powerful Jesus Christ who truly brings real hope and healing to the sick and suffering especially during these uncertain times.