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    ‘Many were dismayed when the IATF allowed the opening of spas, massage clinics and cockpits about a month before Christmas, throwing moral scruples out of the window.’

    AFTER being bypassed several times, Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar is suddenly at the helm of the police force. He was appointed officer in charge after PNP chief Debold Sinas tested positive for the deadly virus and gone into isolation.

    Some media friends noted a steady rise in morale in the police ranks, especially here in Metro Manila, because of Eleazar’s unblemished record, an uncommon and shining example of integrity and professionalism.

    The true gentleman that he is, Eleazar never showed any signs of rancor or disappointment after three junior generals were tapped over him. Eleazar had been particularly hard on his errant men, castigating the wrongdoers in public when he was NCRPO and QCPD chief. But he is also kind-hearted and solicitous to their personal and family concerns.

    He is his own man, sticking to his duty and selfless service to the people which Malacanang does not seem to welcome. As the brutal drug war raged, Eleazar reportedly had exhorted the drug operatives to be more disciplined and to strictly follow the rule of law.

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    Social media has since been loaded with endless spiritual messages since the start of the outbreak, aside from an innumerable flow of prayers from various churches and religious denominations here and abroad. People now face a spiritual reality as an antidote to the decadence and waywardness that could not stand in the way of this deadly virus. Many have been looking forward to a moral and spiritual renewal around them and in society.

    Many were dismayed when the IATF allowed the opening of spas, massage clinics and cockpits about a month before Christmas, throwing moral scruples out of the window. Not many can explain today’s reality of pain and suffering, sudden death and loss, loss of millions of jobs and a horrific economic downturn from a rampaging threat if one persists in searching for the answers in the so-called real world that has turned upside down.

    This world could no longer decree peace, calm and comfort like it used to when our succor had been our material successes and powerful names that defined us and our families. As many still long to embrace the world and the devil despite God’s intrusion, compassion and healing, the curse of the pandemic has once again risen still striving to separate Filipinos from their powerful, loving, and forgiving Creator, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.