Why do we do this?


If I haven't written in this prayer diary for some time, it is not because I haven't been praying.  I have, fervently.  It was just that I could not seem to express my prayers in writing.  There was something I couldn't say.  I couldn't even write it in the form of poems.  Now it has come out, in the form of the letter below, in answer to a correspondence on the Internet.  The two other letters are unedited.

From: "Mila D. Aguilar"
To: "Adolfo Paglinawan"
Date: Thu, 11 Jan 2007 11:57:05 +0800
Subject: Re: Commentary on "Arrogance of Power!"

I wouldn't have known about your letter if Ado hadn't sent it to me with his answer, Mano Cesar.  I always read Ado's letters because they are pointed and truthful even to the point of verging on libel. He knows what you who are 10,000 miles away do not know, what we who are in the thick of the cauldron dare not write.

What Ado is doing in this answer to you is to bring you back to the painful reality of the moment.  Imelda is also reality, but past reality.  The reality of the moment is that, as Conrad de Quiros expressed succinctly in his column of January 9:

"GMA should resign because she has a fundamental difference of opinion with her own boss, who is the People of the Philippines.

"She thinks she is the President, they just think she is the anti-Christ."

We are cowards if we don't admit that.

Yet I am not saying that Ado's scenario, of Gloria and De Castro being replaced by Manny Villar for 60 days, will come true.  As an Inquirer desk editor known in the entertainment field confidently told a PEN Philippine Center group last week, "She will last until 2010, and even beyond that."  He may have said that because he is for her, though he wouldn't openly admit it.  I agree with him, not because I am for her, but because I feel the Lord's plan in my guts, from my readings not only of the Bible but of the histories and literatures of various countries and the world.

Gloria will stay, just as Bush will stay and continue destroying Iraq and the rest of the Middle East, and the earth to boot, because the time of lawlessness is here.

Look at how the Court of Appeals argued Smith's transfer to the US Embassy.  Have you read Solita Monsod's commentary on how the justice who wrote that argument brazenly twisted the words of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes?

Examine the 2004 elections.  I don't have to tell you how they mangled the whole democratic process, from the precinct level up.

Review the Philippine Mining Law, which goes against not only one provision of the 1987 Constitution but the spirit of the entire Constitution itself.

Too many examples already abound, of which each and every one who reads this should be able to mention at least one.

For we are in an age of lawlessness.  Lawlessness will continue to reign until the peoples of the world have had a surfeit of it, and cry out to their Lord and Savior to save them from it.

At this point our problem in the Philippines is not only corruption, it is lawlessness--the kind perpetrated by the holders of the law themselves.

And you are are fooling yourselves if you believe that you do not have the same problem in the United States.  The veneer may be thicker, but the underlying fabric is the same.

It is a worldwide problem, one that will continue to reign until it reaches its peak in the abomination of abominations, right in the middle of Israel.

All this will be apparent only to those who believe.  Those who do not will go on with their old ways, bereft of wisdom.

Does that, however, mean that we should just let go?

Of course not.  You ask, Mano Cesar, why we are doing this.  I don't know about you, but I'm not doing this for myself, or for anything physical or material that I could get, because in the first place I don't.  I'm not even doing this out of my own will.  I would love to just save myself.  But I am compelled to try to save others, not so much physically, since we will all return to dust anyway and I may even be the first scheduled to go.  I am compelled, rather, to save souls, and that is the only reason I continue to write, and reach out, and expose dishonesty, and cheating, and immorality, and pride, and boastfulness, and hubris, and anything that would tease the men, women and children of this world into sinning not only against humanity, but against God.

Dig deep, Mano Cesar, and Ado too.  God bless you both, for you are good men.


On 1/11/07, Adolfo Paglinawan wrote:
> mang cesar,
> based on recent surveys, alan peter cayetano ranked a lot higher in the list
> of senatoriables than francis escudero. and many people wondered because
> francis appears more frequently in TV as he is most sought after by the
> press in giving the side of the formal opposition on breaking issues.
> so when i was in manila last december, i called the pollsters and asked for
> reasons that may have been asked by them but not have been indicated in
> their report to the public. their answer was simple - escudero's cordiality
> with mike defensor is held suspect. now that he is seen chummy chummy
> with gloria, this does not help him any either. what is now public knowledge
> is voluntary or involuntary identification with gloria and her ilk is
> a political kiss-of-death. 
> visibility is not necessarily acceptability. as against common perception,
> popularity does not automatically make one most electable. of course name
> recall presents an advantage but it is not the end-all.
> lito lapid's recent withdrawal to run for makati mayor shows that he is no
> match for jojo binay's clout. not all movie stars make it even to the quezon
> city council. the early lead of jv ejercito, a virtual unknown just like loi
> estrada, among the top 12 for the senate, signifies a protest vote on what
> gloria did to erap, their direct relations. goma's acceptability springs for
> his being able to morph from movie stardom to an olympian, to a victim of
> comelec corruption when he headed a party-list candidacy, and finally to a
> civil society advocate. 
> fernando poe jr. was winnable because on top of name recall, he reinforced
> his sincerity as a non-trapo with a clear and concise vision of restoring
> trust and confidence in our government. inversely, despite his
> unquestionable popularity, jaworski never got reelected and that was because
> he could not present a senate record of achievement during his incumbency.
> ramon revilla and even his son bong, on the other hand, will always be
> electable in the senate because they compensate for their lack of
> constructive record with proaction with their constituency.
> claro m. recto may be a household name in philippine history, but it looks
> like his grandson, even if married to vilma santos, will not be relected. in
> the same way that no one takes amay bisaya seriously for vice president, nor
> imelda marcos for mayor of manila or senator.
> having been involved in political public relations since 1967, there must be
> an add-on to name recall that must be packaged in engineering the image of a
> candidate for victory in the polls. and of course, there is dagdag bawas,
> and that is why gloria is now sitting in malacanang.
> what now ranks with high acceptability among our people are those
> who bravely take positions diametrically opposed to gloria, especially
> if those redound to common good, and not personal gain.
> running with gloria might mean more money to spend for the hustings but as
> the surveys show, less money is required for those who are foresquare in
> campaigning against or are not identified with gloria. those who disagree
> can best be reminded of the "francis ecudero syndrome".
> even against money politics, this tsunami of discontent would prevail upon
> voters in may 2007 and subsequently cause the impeachment of gloria. the
> people looks at this elections, as providing them a way to depose a
> president constitutionally rather than allow for another revolving door for
> the next usurper.
> expectedly, the ruling virtual dictatorship will not take this sitting down
> and would most likely resort to widespread goonery using the uniformed
> personnel. as a sidebar, however, strong-arm tactics could provoke the
> already angry countryside still reeling from the extrajudicial killings to
> consider administration candidates as fair game.
> media is misleading the public therefore when they herald that the may
> 2007 will be  a proxy war between erap and gloria. that is too
> simplistic because the senate is not the real battleground today. at least
> six more senators, to make safely 16, including at least ten who still have
> three more years and usually vote against the administration, can make it
> easily into a 2/3 majority for an opposition senate.
> as 79 congressmen could already impeach gloria, the crucial battle would
> be for the lower house, whose constituencies are local. in a larger sense,
> this will be a referendum on the legitimacy of the 2004 national canvass,
> first, and on the high cost of living under the arroyo regime, second, and
> the extrajudicial killings, third. thus a referendum on gloria.
> as the same flawed process selected gloria arroyo and noli de castro, we
> might soon see a double vacancy and the rise of the senate president (now
> manny villar) as acting president, who as constitution mandates, in 60
> days, must schedule new elections to fill up the top two positions in
> government.
> if this scenario comes to fruition, then democracy and due process, would
> have lorded over traditional politicians (trapos) and usurpers of power.
> happily, that would appease the grumbling social volcano and proivide a
> respite to block the road to a brewing civil war.
> ----- Original Message ----
> From: "Cesar Torres"
> To: Filam-Forum@yahoogroups.com;
> UP-Alumni-In-Cyberspace@yahoogroups.com;
> botomo@yahoogroups.com
> Cc: UP_oar@yahoogroups.com;
> ProgressiveTimes@yahoogroups.com; Talsik@yahoogroups.com
> Sent: Wednesday, January 10, 2007 9:40:07 AM
> Subject: [Filam-Forum] Mila, the topic should be entitled "Arrogance of
> Power!"
> Mila,
> This exercise of power and privilege is no different from what the bitter
> half of the No. 1 UP alumnus used to do, remember?  Closing Bloomingdales in
> America because she had to fill up three Jumbo jets belonging to Benigno
> Toda.
> Asking Filipino businessmen for blank checks.  Taking over businesses
> even those owned by his fraternity brothers.  Ordering the
> Presidential Guard to hunt Manotoc and his girl friend who could be making
> love to 72 virgins this time if not for the Philippine Collegian.
> And more power...
> Killing those who disagree with you, i.e., the journalists, Marlene Esperat
> among others, the members associated with Joma's groups,  summary killings
> of drug addicts and other people of the streets in Davao and Cebu and the
> Eastern Visayas.
> Killing of those who still believe in the rule of law, like the Assistant
> Solicitor General and his young son. 
> Killing of political opponents like Congressman Bersamin.
> In my younger days, Mila, I once read a book in elementary psychology.  It
> seems experiments conducted by the psychologists on rats when they were keep
> together in a very cramped place and were not feed, came out with this
> conclusion:  they become vicious and cannibalistic.
> There are 87.1 million of us (I say 90 million). We are becoming like those
> rats that were being experimented on by the psychologists.
> I wonder how the Japanese and the Chinese keep order in their societies.
> But of course, we cannot compare the leadership and the people of Pilipinas
> with the leadership and the people in China and Japan.
> Padayon Mila. Tuloy ang emails! Hahahahaha. I wonder why we are doing this.
> I think we should just attend the gatherings of the religious people, like
> Igso Eddie, or go to Church on Sundays, say the Rosary, take communion, with
> the belief that Allah will right all the wrongs in our land.
> Cesar Torres


Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge God, and he will make straight your paths.

- Proverbs 3:5-6

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