The president and his lieutenants show the Du30 salute. Photo insert:
Hitler doing the Nazi salute. (Inquirer)
world’s good and decent people should force President Rodrigo Duterte to
resign. It’s also for his own good. I don’t hate Duterte. But I hate his
terrible sins. For his own sake, I hope that he amends his evil ways and
saves his soul as his days are numbered. No one is beyond redemption if
he turns to our Lord Jesus Christ.
A terrible dark evil
presence now engulfs the Philippines. We have a leader who is not
leading our people to a better life. But a leader full of demons who
brings death and sufferings to so many – and expresses vicious hostility
to world leaders and other nations.
As human beings, our
most important priority is to reach our highest spiritual potential and
save our immortal souls. For what indeed does it profit a man to gain
the whole world but suffer the loss of his soul. This involves obeying
God’s command to sincerely love Him above everything else — meaning an
absolute commitment to the truth and to what is right and good. It also
involves following God’s command to love our neighbors as ourselves.
This is what our existence is all about.
But our egos, fear,
greed, anger, sensual appetites, love for money and power – often blind
us from listening to God and obeying His commandments. And for those who
do not really believe in God including many who go to church simply out
of superstition or fear of bad things happening to them if they do not —
these commandments are meaningless. As such, we have terrible demonic
human beings with dark spirits on this planet. They murder, torture,
steal and do all kinds of evil acts.
From the first man to
the last, the history of the world has to do with the unending conflict
between good and evil.
How is it that cruel
evil leaders like Stalin, Hitler, Marcos, Mugabe, etc. are able to rise
and even thrive for long periods of time and have so many people
supporting and serving them?
How is it that the
Philippines, which is supposedly a Catholic country, now has so many
people supporting mass murder as an instrument of national policy? And
why do they support a leader who expresses so much hatred and disrespect
against other human beings, against other nations and even against God —
with the darkness and hatred in his heart repeatedly spewing out of his
Duterte is no
different from other tyrants in proclaiming his love for country.
Tyrants justify their evil actions by saying that the people whom they
oppress, torture and murder deserve these. Love, for one’s country is
essentially love for one’s fellowmen. Duterte’s coercing, brutalizing
and murdering so many Filipinos clearly exposes his insincerity.
happening in the Philippines?
Hitler did horrible
things, but the German people cheered and idolized him. He cleaned the
streets and made the trains run on time while at the same time, he
slaughtered his enemies and millions of innocent Jews, Gypsies and
The German people who
were mostly Christian Protestants and Catholics closed their eyes to
these mass murders refusing to see the terrible evil involved and even
insisting that Hitler was doing a good thing because he was supposedly
eliminating those who were the cause of all of their country’s troubles
and that these people needed to be eliminated. Hitler fueled intense
nationalism and a sense of pride and so many Germans supported him.
The same thing is now
happening in the Philippines. Political manipulation backed by force in
the guise of seeking a desired good is now a darkness that engulfs the
Filipinos, tired of the mass poverty, corruption and crime are
mesmerized by Duterte’s siren calls for peace and order and constant
calls for the summary killings of drug addicts, drug dealers and
criminals. But they fail to heed God’s commands when it comes to their
politics. Forget human rights, forget the sanctity of life, forget due
process rights provided by the Constitution to prove one’s innocence —
forget God’s commands to love Him and our neighbors as ourselves. A
madness fueled by the thirst for blood now reigns in the Philippines.
Duterte is like Dracula who victimizes Philippine society and has
converted many Filipinos to also now lust for blood.
politicization, many have forgotten that they are Catholics and
Christians. They have stifled and silenced the sacred voice within them
that tells them that using mass murder as an instrument of national
policy is an abhorrent monstrosity that cries out to heaven for justice.
A mass murderer can never be on the side of God whose command is “Thou
shalt not kill (murder).”
Like Marcos, Duterte
brings out the worst in people. Not surprisingly, the politicians and
others who were with Marcos are now with him. They support, endorse and
cover up his murdering ways.
People’s fear of
being victims to the violence of this tyrant and his killers cause them
to be on his side much like many Germans during Hitler’s time. They
close their eyes and praise him and cooperate with his evil instead of
condemning and fighting against his darkness, to soothe their internal
pain of shutting the truth and the internal anguish of their own moral
cowardice. They too are in great danger of losing their immortal souls.
So many innocent lives
are now being snuffed out and their families suffer so much. Life is
sacred and from God. The right to be alive is the most basic human
right. The evil of drugs cannot be fought with a greater evil. Mass
murder as a state policy is worse than drugs.
campaign and promotion of the culture of death among policemen and among
our military people–offering financial rewards and promotions for them
to murder fellow Filipinos–reveal much of his evil.
Well-meaning men and
women of good will can no longer wait and must now fight this terrible
violence and the promotion of the culture of death that Duterte is
promoting and inflicting on the Filipino people, as more innocent people
will be killed or hurt by him if they do not. Filipinos need to summon
courage from within and speak out and act against the brutality and
insanity of the present situation.
I and other
journalists receive a continuous barrage of “putang-ina” curses and
threats from Duterte trolls. These escalated when I called for the
resignation of Duterte in an ABS-Cbn TV interview after his repeated
dirty mouth crude insults and tirades against world leaders and other
nations and the continuously increasing everyday extrajudicial killings
in the Philippines.
Even if the murder
victims are supposedly drug dealers, addicts or criminals — they are
human beings with the basic human right to prove their innocence — and
not simply executed like stray dogs by the police or private Duterte
organized killers at their discretion. Many drug addicts and even drug
dealers have been rehabilitated and turned out later to be productive
decent human beings. Anthony Bourdain and Robert Downey Jr. are among
many former addicts who recovered.
Respect for the lives
of human beings and their right to prove their innocence are universally
recognized values which every decent human being should respect. It is
an inherent part of God’s command to love one’s neighbor as ourselves.
Love of God and neighbor also includes forgiving our fellowmen when they
err and help when they need it. People can change for the better.
Duterte does not
believe in forgiveness and that people can change. So he exterminates
police elements and organized private so called vigilante killers now
have practically a blanket authority to kill at their discretion – even
if government spokesmen may give lip service to the rule of law. On
record, more than 3,500 people have already been killed including many
innocents who would still have been alive today if Duterte had not
become president. Off record, much more have been killed. And more will
be killed. This abuse of power is a terrible crime not only against the
Filipino people but against humanity.
If this state
sponsored killing spree continuous and good hearted well-meaning
Filipinos just passively and silently accept this situation, it means
that nobody will be safe from being murdered anytime by the police or by
anybody. Just label the dead victim as a criminal, a drug addict, a drug
dealer and this everyday occurrence becomes a part of the norm. This
terrible culture of death will destroy the fabric of Philippine society.
Friends and families will be turning on each other.
Corrupt policemen will
also use their now terrible unbridled power to extort money from
innocent victims accusing them of being drug addicts or dealers, which
was recently done to an Australian and fortunately CCTV camera
videotapes showed that he was innocent.
Secretary General of
the United Nations Ban Ki Moon, President Barack Obama, all the heads of
the European Union and other world leaders have been made aware of the
daily rampant killings in the Philippines. As part of the human family,
they are disturbed by the mass murders and are aware of the kind of
terrible terror in Philippine society that this would lead to. In good
faith, they are trying to help Filipinos and have tried to influence
Duterte to stop these killings.
Duterte’s response to
leaders in the international community critics is to insult them with
vulgar slurs against their mothers or call them fools and for them not
to interfere in Philippine affairs. He has not spared even the Pope with
his dirty mouth calling him the son of a whore during his Philippine
In a speech, he stated
that like Hitler who murdered millions of Jews, he also wants to
slaughter millions of Filipinos who are drug addicts. He later
apologized to the Jews who were much offended by his statements, but
many Jews doubt his sincerity. Duterte’s remarks regarding his
insensitivity to the Holocaust will have lasting consequences.
The state of Israel
and Jews all over the world recognize a debt of gratitude to the
Filipino people for saving over a thousand Jews from Hitler’s
crematories and giving them refuge in the Philippines. Filipinos are
viewed by Jews with respect and affection. Filipinos all over the world
are liked and respected. The Jews and other nationalities will help in
the Filipino people’s struggle against the present tyranny and moral
depravity of Duterte. His evil ways are not the ways of good decent
It is the moral
obligation of the Catholic Church and other Christian churches and all
sincere genuine Christians, Muslims, Buddhists and all good human beings
to protest and fight against the violence and fear that Duterte has
inflicted and will continue to inflict on the Filipino people. To remain
silent in the face of pure evil is tantamount to supporting and abetting
Edgar Matobato, a
former member of Duterte’s Davao Death Squad, just recently gave a
chilling but very credible detailed testimony in the Philippine Senate
on how they killed over a thousand victims upon orders of Duterte. He
even named some of the victims and detailed how and where they were
killed. He also testified that Duterte’s son, Davao Vice Mayor Paolo
Duterte – is a drug user who also ordered some of the killings including
that of Richard King, a wealthy owner of hotels who was Paolo’s rival
over a woman.
Even if the Senators
and sycophantic journalists allied with Duterte tried their best to
discredit and silence Matobato, millions who heard and saw this
courageous man – believed him more than they believed the Senators who
were obviously covering up for Duterte. Matobato’s description of the
mode of operation of Duterte’s Davao Death Squad is consistent with the
report of Fr. Amado Picardal of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the
All good men and women
should push for Duterte’s immediate resignation. But be prepared to be
labeled and maybe even falsely charged as traitors and subversives. In
the end, our commitment to God’s truth and genuine concern and love for
our fellowmen will bear much fruit.
If 16 million
Filipinos voted for Duterte, 25 million did not. Of the 16 million, so
many have now realized that they voted for a monster and regret their
vote. His present popularity is an illusion – which will quickly vanish
like smoke when more people suffer because of his unpredictable
depravity. The economy will spiral downward as investors are fast
exiting. More poverty and hunger will take place.
Even former President
Fidel Ramos who supported Duterte’s candidacy sincerely believing that
he would do good – now express deep honest concerns about Duterte’s
murderous drug campaign and lack of policies that really improve
people’s lives. Ramos found his True Self when he went against Marcos
and have become a true patriot since then. Within a very short time,
Ramos will inevitably come to the conclusion that his loyalty to Duterte
ends where his loyalty to God and country begins.
The many good hearted
decent Filipinos who want Duterte removed from office are not without
support in this fight between good and evil. The whole civilized world
is with us in this noble endeavor. Filipinos will soon realize that
their worst enemy and the worst criminal in the Philippines is Duterte
Let us fight evil with
prayers to our Lord Jesus Christ and to our Blessed Mother – and with
every other moral justifiable means available to us. Filipinos have
fought long and hard for their freedom and dignity. We cannot now allow
one man who serves the forces of evil – to take control of our lives and
Because I am a
Catholic, a human being, a Filipino American and a global citizen
involved in creating a better world, I have expressed my thoughts and
feelings that concern the well-being and future of all Filipinos –
including Duterte himself. His soul needs salvation.
For those with the
same thoughts – please air these viewpoints far and wide and ask
recipients to do the same. Thank you.
have been spreading the false news that Inquirer and I have apologized
to Duterte for writing and publishing this article which has become
viral. No such apologies have been made. No apology either for calling
Duterte “Rodolfo” instead of Rodrigo, because it sounds like Adolfo, as
in Adolfo Hitler.) Published 10/19/16
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