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.
So the Liberal Party reportedly “now ‘listens’ to the people it once ignored”. This admission raises an important question: What served as input into their vision and governance platform to begin with?
Surely, in a democracy, political parties are guided by their constituents’ priorities. But how could the LP have known what these priorities were if they had not been listening all the while?
The answers to this question are all no-brainers. The LP being no more than the election winning machine of the “prayerful” lot of the Aquino-Cojuangco clan really found no need to listen to anyone because they had only three sources of input into its agenda:
(1) the fate of Hacienda Luisita;
(2) the mythology of Ninoy’s and Cory’s “martyrdom”; and,
(3) the wishes of the Roman Catholic Church and its henchmen in the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
Are the LP now truly willing to “connect to a wider spectrum of Filipino voters” as its leader Kiko Pangilinan promises? Of course they are. There’s an election they desperately need to win. After that? Well it wouldn’t be a surprise if the focus of their agenda reverts back to beholdenness to the strategic objectives of those three pillars of their real platform.
That’s the Liberal Party for you — full of promises during election season and nothing else but hidden agendas in between.
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.
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.
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.
Here is what the popular Yellowtard social media personality said on Twitter…
I’ve talked to a lot of priests, some include bishops. They’ve been telling how much they detest Duterte’s blatant disrespect & sacrilegious comments about the Catholic Church, his blanket accusations against all priests, & his cursing of the Pope.
THEY ALL SAY DUTERTE IS EVIL.
Ironic, considering it is the Yellowtards who keep drumming up fear of a “looming dictatorship” ad nauseum. Does such a threat to the free liberal world actually exist?
Perhaps it already does, but not in the form the Yellowtards would like us to believe. Baraan’s consultation with and rabid trust in the pronouncements of a bunch of men in robes harks back to far darker and badder days.
Back during the Inquisition, a priest could simply point at a random peasant and declare him or her a “heretic” or “blasphemer” — pretty much a sentence to a horrific death back in those times.
“Looming dictatorship”? It’s actually worse. Working in a tight perverse relationship with the Roman Catholic Church, the Yellowtards seemingly are in the throes of implementing a modern-day Inquisition. It ain’t a pretty sight.
Lately, the Opposition has been undergoing an existential crisis and are divided over how to define the broader community of rabid critics of the government of President Rodrigo Duterte. It used to be clear in the past. Yellowtards = Everything that is Good. Everyone Else = Bad (“evil” even, if one asks the most rabid of the Yellowtards).
Oh and then there are the communists and their circle of “front” organisations. These bozos are against everything to do with freedom, choice, and making one’s own bed. But we won’t include them in this exploration because they are in an ideological hole of their own making right now.
The reason it was easy for Filipinos to equate Yellowtardism with everything that is good is because they had the Roman Catholic Church on their side. Priests, nuns, and bishops hosted Yellowtard rallies and spectacles in their churches. They also celebrated masses on command for the Yellowtards. In a predominantly Catholic country, whoever is “blessed” by a Catholic cleric is de facto GOOD.
The logic is simple when you are a devout Catholic that way. Good equals Catholic Church. Catholic Church endorses Yellowtardom. Yellowtardom is therefore good. Milk in my cereal. Coffeemate in my coffee. Makes sense to me, right?
It is therefore nothing short of an intellectual cataclysm ravaging thought leadership in Philippine society today that the idea that Yellowtards are God’s soldiers on earth has now come under intense modern critical scrutiny. Church-going prayerful Filipinos are now faced with the soul-wrenching option of separating religious faith from political faith. Indeed, political sensibilities independent of one’s religious beliefs is an alien concept to Filipinos. Perhaps, however, until now.
Filipinos will have to come to terms with the possibility that there is a widening gray area between being a Yellowtard and being a Duterte critic. This just means, perhaps, really stopping and understanding clearly what a Yellowtard really is. Perhaps the term “Yellowtard” no longer has anything to do with a partisan colour. It has more to do with the quality of one’s thinking. Perhaps low-quality thinking is what now defines what a Yellowtard is. The amazing thing about this new definition is that it still describes most people who identify with the old 1980s notion of being a Yellowtard.