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Christians in Distress

Christians in Distress
Ronald Roy
Blasphemous proponents of artistic freedom should re-think their position that Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code (RPC) which penalizes offenses against religious feelings is unconstitutional.
The Cultural Center of the Philippines (CCP) was established to safeguard and advance the core values of the national culture. One such value is the untrammeled worship of the Deity as practiced in our predominantly Christian country, and underscored in the opening words of the Preamble of the Constitution, as follows: “We, the sovereign Filipino people, imploring the aid of Almighty God xxx”.
Accordingly, it cannot be gainsaid that the cited RPC provision finds its moorings in the basic charter. So much for the phallic issue’s so-called too-close-to-call legal battle! CCP officials are criminally, at least administratively, accountable, period. The horror of it all is that it is not “period” for President Noynoy Aquino; not just yet, anyway.
Perhaps then a little bit of jolting vulgarity is needed. What, Mr. President, would you have done if, at the same profane art exhibit, it hadn’t been the image of Jesus Christ (or God, in the mystery of the Holy Trinity, or didn’t you know?) but that of your loquacious father from whose mouth protrudes the facsimile of a prick? How’s that for freedom of expression, eh, Mr. President?!
Recall, Sir, that when you took your oath of office, you sought divine assistance with the words “xxx so help me God.” If you still cannot grasp the import of your oath, ponder if you can your intellectual fitness for the presidency. If you do but persist in your sacrilegious timidity, please consider exorcism as a viable recourse for your enlightenment.
In closing, I wish to propose that the CCP officials dramatize their advocacy of freedom of expression by holding regular board meetings in their underwear. The idea here is to teach them (the bohemians and the benighted included) that art throbs in the passion of creative construction not destruction, sympathy not apathy, concord not discord, such as the acrimony spawned by the raging controversy. The present-day Michelangelo’s, Amorsolo’s, da Vinci’s and Juan Luna’s will certify to this. * * *
As a college freshman, I slopped around in ground zero absorbing such rudimentary concepts as colony, protectorate, state (with or without an international personality), vassal state, nation state, kingdom, empire and other notable forms of body politic. But substate?! Well, ever heard of subcity? Or subprovince? Or subbaranggay? What the balderdash is a substate?!!
Is substate a highfalutin word meant to disguise the Moros’ old plan to balkanize the republic? Ahh, is it a one-eyed pig with a pair of wings and six legs, alas, a creature that must be feared for the potential harm it poses for an already disunited country of over 90 dialects and varying mores spread out across over 7,000 islands?!!
Whatever it is, three things are certain. One, the talks in Japan between Murad Ibrahim and P-Noy were brokered by the Americans, those same imperialist interlopers who negotiated that failed peace pact – same was struck down by the Supreme Court as unconstitutional – in Kuala Lumpur under the watch of then U.S. Ambassador Kristie Kenny, with a Japanese ambassador in attendance. Telltale marks, eh? Two, not only will the one-eyed hog with a pair of wings and six legs be abhorrent to the Constitution, but already, 99 out of 100 Filipinos find the creature repugnant. Three, 80% of the population in Mindanao are Christians, and all are prepared to shed blood to protect what is theirs by honest hard toil.
Waging war is not necessarily bad. Some popes of old went to war to defend the faith, as did St. Joan of Arc against the English in the Hundred Years War, and Richard the Lionhearted who led the Third Crusade to reclaim Jerusalem from the Arabs in 1911. Who will be Richard the Lionhearted for our Christian brethren in Mindanao? Shouldn’t it be P-Noy, logically?
The MILF has saber-rattled anew, challenging P-Noy to choose between his popularity and peace … or else. And because time is of the essence, P-Noy our commander-in-chief should now prepare to do a Richard Coeur de Lion, not just for our beleaguered brethren in Mindanao, but for all peace-loving Filipinos. He must be willing to wage war to preserve that peace, and to die if necessary so others may live.
Mr. President, much wisdom and valor can be drawn from Tolstoy’s War and Peace, the Holy Book, and the Preamble of the Philippine Constitution. You will find them inspiring in the same seclusion that you needed before accepting Mar Roxas’ endorsement which eventually paved the way to your becoming the President of 90 million Filipinos. * * *
I seriously doubt that I succeeded in mollifying a middle-class couple with two high school kids enrolled in a private school. They asked me to explain “recession” and what they could do to soften its blows. I tried in struggling Tagalog.
Fear of what appears to be an imminent recessionary turbulence for Filipinos is precisely what will hasten the onslaught of a recession. Historically, a recession is a temporary decline in an economy’s trade and industrial activities occasioned by the consumers’ dread for their dwindling purchasing power. They should therefore realize that safeguarding their cash and liquid assets like checks under their pillows is a counterproductive measure, and that it is their very release into the money stream that will help nurse the economy’s ailing markets back into good health. * * *
It perplexes me that Senator Alan Peter Cayetano, a member of the Philippine Bar no less, cannot see that the road maps or vision he demands of P-Noy is spelled out in the preamble of the fundamental law. He and other myopic critics like the left-leaning Edcel Lagman, also a lawyer and admirer of Gloria Arroyo, should regularly read the first paragraph of the Constitution. Lawyer of note? Harrumph!

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