Yellowtards are quick to attack journalist Ina Reformina for her religious and personal beliefs. This is another example of the selectiveness with which the Yellowtards apply their nebulous “principles”. They’ve demonstrated this with feminism and human rights. Now they are using religion and personal choices as weapons to shame another person.
It’s no wonder that many of the erstwhile noble advocacies taken up by these snowflakes have become degenerate “causes” in the Philippine setting. Thank the Yellowtards for that. The inconsistency with which they’ve bandied these for their orgies of virtue signalling is legendary.
The Roman Catholic Church and its lieutenants in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), meanwhile, enjoy immunity from the Yellowtards’ lynch mobs whose members selectively pretend to espouse critical thinking. Despite a long tradition of crooked political brokering and abuse of Sunday masses which they’ve turned into propaganda channels, the Catholic Church persists as a no-go-zone for the Yellowtards’ critical scrutiny. Why? Because “prayerfulness” is a pillar of the Yellowtards’ branding and is given blessing by the top honchos of the Catholic Church.
Celdran later formally apologised in an open letter to Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales for his actions. In the letter, Celdran sought forgiveness and called for all to learn to set aside “differences and work towards a better future together.”
Is Celdran fleeing his accountability to the Filipino people for offenses he has not served time for yet? Why was he even allowed to leave the country? The mystery persists.
One thing’s for sure, the prison experience doesn’t look quite like the way Celdran portrayed it back in the day — when he appeared a lot cockier about the pickle he finds himself in.
For a bunch of people who can’t stand the sight of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s face, the Yellowtards seem to be so obsessed about his whereabouts. The interesting thing about this behaviour is that many of these bozos have expressed veiled wishes that Duterte would not show up at all — in short, they wish he’d be dead soon.
Fair enough. The Yellowtard-led Philippine Opposition have not much in their political strategy beyond seizing power by that hoped-for attrition, whether it be by impeachment, prosecution, ouster, or, in this latest case, death. But, as usual, the Yellowtards fail to provide an answer to the obvious simple question: What next?
What next if, indeed, their wish comes true and Duterte dies? “Vice president” Leni Robredo? Is Robredo the Opposition’s strategy?
The question then turns to what Robredo’s vision for the Philippines is. What is Robredo’s vision for the country? Has Robredo ever articulated such a vision much less a strategy to achieve that vision? So far, there is little evidence that she did or has one floating around her little brain.
Perhaps Duterte could die before his term ends. That just puts a bit more scrutiny on the leadership chops Robredo would, in that unfortunate event, be bringing to Malacanang.
The latest terrorist attack, this time on a mosque in Zamboanga City that reportedly killed two and injured four, already points to a disturbing emerging trend that follows the recent passing of the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) granting autonomy to several predominantly Muslim provinces. The attack comes within days of a deadlier attack on a Roman Catholic Church that had killed 27 believed to have been perpetrated by the Abu Sayyaf, an Islamic terrorist group.
The Abu Sayyaf has, for some time been actively involved in Islamic politics in Mindanao. Searches on Google for “Abu Sayyaf” correlate closely with interest in an autonomous Muslim Mindanao of the sort the BOL supposedly achieved.
The fact that the BOL is seen to be largely an initiative spurred by Abu Sayyaf rival group, the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, in cooperation with the Philippine Government could point to some problematic aspects in the “regional autonomy” granted to Muslim provinces in Mindanao. Muslim Mindanao politics are largely driven by various “Islamic” groups that are rooted in one form of jihad or another and, as such, share a violent common denominator. This is evident in the war-like and revolutionary-themed names of these “movements” and “fronts”.
As such, there is growing reason to believe that a “Bangsamoro Nation” forged in collusion with one of these groups could possibly incite further revolutionary or radicalised fervour in others.
In their “apology” reported by ABS-CBN News, the Cartholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) “insisted that freedom of expression does not include a license to insult other people’s faith,” and that…
“We know that this cuts deeply into the souls of our people—especially the poor, because faith is the only thing they have to hold on to. It gives them hope and strength to continue living and working despite all the odds that come their way,” the prelates said.
However, it seems these men-in-robes apply a loose definition of “insult”. Insults are generally unfair generalisations on one’s person meant to derail dialogue and arrive at the truth. But in the very same ABS-CBN News report, it is quite evident that words issued to the CBCP presumably by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte were not meant to insult…
From criticisms of the Church’s call for donations and alms to accusations of sexual abuse, the president has not shied away from issuing sharp words, including a call to “kill” some bishops.
It seems none of what Duterte asserts about the Philippines’ Catholic bishops and the clergy under their charge can simply be dismissed. The CBCP need to scrape off the useless layer of appeal-to-emotion such as what they use to coat this latest “apology” and address these assertions point-by-point categorically.
The BOL is a culmination of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front’s 40-year struggle for autonomy, including on-and-off talks with the government spanning the administration of 4 presidents.
As such, it is quite likely that the project is seen by other factions of the broader Islamic “movement” in Muslim Mindanao as a victory by a single tribe that could then go on to dominate the others. Others deride the MILF victory as capitulating to or, worse, rewarding a group with an appetite for war. Indeed, clashes between the MILF and the Philippine military has, at last count, resulted in an estimated 120,000 deaths. The group also continues to maintain 30,000 armed combatants which served as the bargaining chip in exchange for rule over this now-“autonomous” region.
Other rebel groups like the newly-formed group Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF), Abu Sayyaf and the Moro National Liberation Front (MNLF) – the original Muslim rebel group who managed to win autonomy from the Philippine government in 1996 – all want their own version of the Bangsamoro Basic Law.
This alone would be ample justification the MILF could use to renege on its “promise” to disarm its bandit army. What then if they do? What’s the plan? It seems there is no alternative to an “autonomous” Bangsamoro “nation” ruled by warlords — the way it’s always been.
If these Rapplerettes are going to demonise anyone because of some sort of perceived “link” to foreign agents or governments, then, perhaps, they should train their “investigative” chops on the real deal and not look too far (and stretch their imagination) beyond that of the Roman Catholic Church. Ancient texts clearly document the absolute subservience of the agents of this organisation to a foreign government — that of the Vatican City and its head of state the Pope himself.
Considering it is an organisation controlled by a foreign government all the more makes notable the vast infrastructure of influence it operates in the Philippines. The Church — and, by command responsibility, Rome — operates extensive broadcast and other mass media facilities, runs exclusive schools attended by the children of the country’s most powerful oligarchs, and exerts virtual mind control over an enormous number of voters.
In that regard, the influence of the unabashedly foreign-controlled Roman Catholic Church and its henchmen in the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) dwarfs any semblance of the imagined fantastical influence the Russian government may exert on Philippine society being cooked up by Rappler‘s so-called “research team”.
Yellowtards continue to plumb the lowest-brow notional morsels of the public political discourse. Lately it’s now about nitpicking on the crowds of devotees of the Black Nazarene. According to the Yellowtards, these crowds have no right to worship the Black Nazarene because they are silent on the “tyranny” of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
They may as well call for a ban on homosexuals, premarital sex practioners, non-baptised people, and people who go to communion without first going to confession, etc. from attending Sunday mass or having a relationship with God. After all, Catholic dogma is very clear on where it stands with regard to these sorts.
This presumption to be an authority on who has and who does not ave the right to practice their faith in whatever way they see fit is something seemingly unique to the sorts of people who adhere to Yellowtard ideologies. But that’s really not surprising considering that the Yellowtards have long been caught out for the intellectually-dishonest and, for that matter, overall dishonest people that they are.
A photo of the “Running Priest” Fr Robert Reyes getting into what looks like a brand-new feature-rich pickup truck is making the rounds on Twitter.
The photo has initiated robust discussion on who or what the sources of funds for the purchase of such a vehicle, an Isuzu D-Max, were for use of a Roman Catholic priest who, as dogma states, is bound by a ‘vow of poverty’.
On a separate note, Reyes was reported to have visited “senator” Antonio Tillanes at his Senate office back in September 2018.
Is there a connection? Possibly not, but it is, nonetheless, interesting to note.
He said he told the priest he had gone to the maid’s room and while she was sleeping he touched her genitals.
“I lifted the blanket … I tried to touch what was inside the panty … I was touching [it],” he said, news website Rappler reports.
“She woke up so I left the room.”
He went back later and again tried to assault the woman, he said he told the priest.
The priest instructed Mr Duterte to “say five Our Fathers, five Hail Marys, because you will go to hell,” he is reported as saying.
It seems this is more a religious matter than a legal one (considering too that Duterte was supposedly a minor when the incident allegedly transpired). After all, the overwhelming majority of Filipinos are practicing Catholics who, presumably, partake of the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation. According to Catholic dogma…
Give thanks to God for forgiving you again. If you recall some serious sin you forgot to tell, rest assured that it has been forgiven with the others, but be sure to confess it in your next Confession.
And as long as Duterte complies with his obligations following his confession, he is, in effect, absolved of his “sins” by authority of Filipinos’ Roman Catholic overlords…
Doing the penance will diminish the temporal punishment due to sins already forgiven.
Back to the question then. Did Duterte comply? This is what the debate should be focused on resolving.