I support Digong’s drugs campaign, but… PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 July 2016 14:35

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name…” (Psalm 138:2, the Holy Bible).

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I SUPPORT DIGONG’S DRUGS CAMPAIGN, BUT…: Let me make myself clear: I am in support of President Duterte’s campaign to rid this country of illegal drugs. True enough, illegal drugs make our people commit the most heinous of crimes. And the funny thing about it is that, illegal drugs proliferate because there are millions of Filipinos who buy them, even if they are already dirt poor.

But then, Duterte must take into account the truth that the fight against illegal drugs could not be won on the basis merely of killing the small-time drug pushers, or of shaming, or even prosecuting, the generals and their protectors. Yes, fear maybe installed in the hearts of criminals dealing with drugs for a while, but, sooner or later, they will find ways to push their wares once again!

With due respect, the real battle against drugs, or any other form of criminality for that matter, is in truly transforming the hearts and minds of our people. We should take our people away from evil thoughts and desires, which are easy prey for drugs and crime syndicates. We should teach them to love and fear God at all times, through His Word, whether it is called the Bible, or the Koran, or by any other name.

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FILIPINOS NO LONGER TRULY FEAR AND LOVE GOD: The truth is that, many of our countrymen have become capable of committing even the most dastardly offense—raping one year old babies and even octogenarian women, and killing fellow Filipinos for a measly amount, among others—because they no longer have the love and fear of God in their hearts.

Many may argue that there are more compelling reasons for this phenomenon of rising criminality among many of us, like poverty, graft and corruption among our officials that translate into minimized or eliminated opportunities for a better life, and immorality that seems to have become the rule rather than the exception in our day-to-day lives.

And this could be true. But then, we have to ask: why is there poverty? Why is there graft and corruption among our government and political leaders? Why is immorality now so prevalent among many nowadays? The answer is, we no longer have fear and love of God in our hearts and minds.

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READ AND OBEY, FOR TRUE CHANGE: How did Filipinos lose their fear and love of God? There are many reasons for this but, as far as I am concerned, the greatest reason is the fact that we no longer know who God is, and what He can truly do for, or to, all of us. We no longer know that if we listen to, and obey, His commands, his blessings, guidance, and protection will come upon us.

We no longer know that if we no longer listen to, nor obey, His commands, God’s curses will overtake and devastate us, and transform all of us into criminals, whether of the more public kind like the drug pushers and the killers on the loose, or of the “closet” kind who plunder and steal, or engage in adultery, most often secretly.

How did it happen that we no longer know these things? Simply because we no longer read and study His Holy Book—the Bible for Christians, the Koran for Muslims—in the way that this Holy Book should be read and studied, constraining us to either fail to obey or outrightly disobey what is written therein. We should read and obey, if we want true change to come!

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