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Cardinal Sin, An Oxymoron?

Cardinal Sin, An Oxymoron?
Ronald Roy  June 25, 2008

          I’ve never seen Sulu, and I’ll never visit it. To be frank, I am not sufficiently informed about the place, and this benightedness does not help remove my bias against its people, given their reputation for violence. They’re said to decapitate non-believers in Allah and, for so doing, to each expect a trip to heaven where he can claim eleven beautiful virgins to cohabit with for all eternity. But in the Ces Drilon kidnap-for-ransom case, it seems fairly established that the underlying reason for what happened is the utter poverty of the inhabitants.

            The situation becomes horrifying when we’re told town officials are involved as masterminds or accomplices in a brazen abuse of the public trust. Beyond this is the ultimate nightmare when we learn that Sulu’s children, before reaching teenage, are fully trained to espouse brigandage as a way of life. Ask ABS-CBN TV anchor Drilon, cameramen Jimmy Encarnacion and Angelo Valderama, and Mindanao University professor Octavio Dinampo. They’ll give you tallying first-hand versions.

            So, what do we do as we stay away from Sulu and other parts ofMindanaoinfested with elements from the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF), the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) and the Abu Sayyaf? Go out of our way to help them develop into a warlike independent state, or subjugate them now, once and for all? Only a desperate Gloria Arroyo hopes to make us believe that she can, by the time her term ends in over a year, accomplish what our ancestors started to do over a century ago: produce one self-reliant Filipino nation. Just think, she promises to solve two rebellions here, the secessionist and the communist. Oh my God!

            Okay, #0706, let me tackle your issues one at a time. If the Lopezes really paid ransom in aid of Drilon and her crewmen, she will probably be served her walking papers, if she is shown to have endangered their lives when she reportedly refused to seek police escort in violation of a standing PNP requirement. You’re right in thinking she might have foolhardily foregone police protection because she wanted a scoop in the form of a clandestine interview with a top Abu Sayyaf goon.

            Gloria Arroyo’s hidden agenda in the United States, #0706, is to butter up to the Americans whose support she needs to insure her political survival, chiefly by striking quid pro quo deals that will hasten, but not be limited to, the conclusion of peace talks with communists and secessionists, with the idea of her stepping down in a blaze of glory without any concern for how the next leader will implement these pesky agreements. In extreme paranoia, she could say yes to anything that may even undermine the reverence our national patrimony deserves, in the same treacherous way she has already yielded inroads to Chinese and South Korean investors.

            #5515, would that she had not mindlessly undone what then President “Erap” Estrada had done to blow to smithereens the war camps of the MILF. Farther back in time, it would be interesting to speculate on today’s conditions if Corazon Aquino’s revolutionary power had not brought back in 1987 the already neutralized Nur Misuari and returned to the incarcerated Jose Maria Sison an unmerited freedom. Hmmm, don’t we perhaps err when we proclaim Cory’s reconciliatory moves as democratic masterstrokes? Might her acts not have been schemes to discredit “the malevolent Marcos”, as in her closure of the nuclear power plant which we now seek to reopen?

            Fair is fair, #5515. There were good things, and bad things, about EDSA I, and just like any historic event, EDSA I should be reviewed in perspective, without the biased hoopla orchestrated by the Americans and media to boot out Ferdinand Marcos for becoming threateningly too big in Asia for his breeches. The late Jaime Cardinal Sin, whom some recall as the charismatic cleric who triggered the strongman’s ouster, was to me a misguided interloper who blasphemously declared he had been directed by God to see to his downfall.

            In some cases, leadership is the sum of ego and charisma, that terrible mix that brought down the likes of Lucifer, Attila the Hun and Adolf Hitler. I have always seen Sin as a charismatic rabble-rouser who befuddled more than enlightened his flock. His own admirers now remember him to be “full of paradoxes and contradictions” whose most humongous blasphemy, to my mind, was his declaration that he was more merciful than God. He seemed to be the type who would be egotistically submissive to the allure of romantic revolutions where, as chance would have it, he twice became the central superstar on the EDSA stage. Everybody is imperfect as was the flawed shepherd that was Sin.

            The late Cardinal employed practically the same blasphemous tactics in leading the ouster move against Estrada, which makes me wonder why our top Catholic prelates regret their role in EDSA II but not in EDSA I. Lest I be misunderstood, I restate my belief that former President Erap Estrada was a victim of a grave unconstitutional injustice at the hands of his own ambitious “friends”. Juxtaposed with Gloria, there is no question Erap is an angel. Those in cassocks who now rue will do best to atone for their error, not by giving her a timid cold shoulder, but by telling her straight to her face it’s now time to go.

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            Psychic powers, #5833, are preternatural gifts that God gives us all. We have them in varying kinds and degrees, and we’re supposed to use them not for material gain but for helping others. I happen to possess these gifts in mild doses. I cannot will them. Their occurrences are completely beyond my control and they come without warning. They happen in a number of ways, but chiefly in these two instances: between two and four in the morning, when my dream is psychic if in vivid color; and, at any time of the day when my nape is sweaty and the rest of my body is dry, then my mental vision is psychic whether I’m awake or asleep.

             I started to unwittingly develop these powers then I was 14 years old by reading books about Dr. Edgar Cayce, the Sleeping Prophet, the greatest known psychic ofAmerica. But when spooks started to visit me at night, I lost my fascination with extra sensory perception, and paranormal occurrences diminished to an appreciable extent.

            Some startling “episodes” are” 1) Hours before the start of the first Pacquiao-Morales encounter, I “saw” Pacquiao being paraded on the shoulders of his handlers looking sad as he bled profusely from a long gash above an eyebrow. Minutes later, I told my brother-in-law Gilberto Duavit and others about the vision. Manny eventually lost that fight on a decision. 2) When I saw the shadow of a huge cross rested on the back of a department store shopper, I told him to be careful as his life was in danger. He was shopping for things to take home toSaudi Arabia. That same night, an airliner crash-landed on the waters off the Saudi coast killing over 20% of the crew and passengers. My witness was Ana Marie S. Go, a Land Bank technical assistant.

            The latest episode was when I saw senatorial candidate Koko Pimentel in an oath taking pose, with vivid splashes of yellow, blue, white and red in the background (the Philippine flag?). I wrote about this after the elections and, in light of recent developments in the electoral protest pending before the Senate Electoral Tribunal, I can only reiterate that Koko Pimentel beat Miguel Zubiri.

            After the elections, texters sent me their psychic concurrences. In their behalf and my own, here’s some old-fashioned iambic tetrameter.

Fools defy the ides of seers, ignoring people’s jeers,
Their end is ever tragic, with tolling bells so sick
May Migz Zubiri walk the path of brave and righteous men
Let praise be his if he concedes to Koko who’s his friend.


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