Ceasefire breakdown bound to happen PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 01 August 2016 14:26

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATASLIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing can make them stumble…” (Psalm 119:165, the Holy Bible).

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CEASEFIRE BREAKDOWN BOUND TO HAPPEN: At this point, there is really no point in trying to determine which side—the Duterte government or the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and its satellite organizations—erred and caused the scuttling of the ceasefire order given by President Duterte during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) on July 25, 2016.

What is happening now—Duterte and CPP chief Jose Maria Sison exchanging recriminations, and blaming each other in public yet—was bound to happen sooner or later, proving once more the point that peace cannot be ordered, or agreed upon, or even legislated. Peace to be real and beneficial must come from the hearts and minds, not only of leaders, but of the entire people as well.

When Filipinos no longer want war, either because they have become weary of fighting or because there is no more reason to fight each other, that’s when true peace descends upon us. Voluntarily and on their free will, people will stop arming themselves, they will stop killing each other. They will no longer wage battles, even if their leaders command them to do so.

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FILIPINOS ARE NOT AT PEACE IN THEIR HEARTS AND MINDS: The real question therefore in the pursuit of peace, whether in our country or elsewhere, is this: are the hearts and minds of our countrymen at peace? Or, better yet, are Filipinos capable of having peace, at this point, in their hearts and minds?

I am sure many of our readers here will say that, in the balancing of things in the lives of our countrymen, there will be more reasons not to be at peace, or there will be more reasons why our hearts and minds are agitated. And they could not be farther from the truth. Truly, Filipinos are troubled, in more ways we can even imagine.

Hearts and minds that are troubled do not, and cannot, have peace. They cannot even consider talking about peace, not even with a leader like President Duterte, or even if they are ordered to do so by their own leader like Joma Sison. Consequently, something must be done to address troubled hearts and minds, not only of the government negotiators, nor of the combatants from leftist groups.

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THE “B-B-T” PRINCIPLE IN THE PURSUIT OF PEACE: It may be asked: just how do we do that—addressing troubled hearts and minds, that is? My view is that, we start with a large sector of our population who are believers in God, no matter what their religions or spiritual affiliations maybe. They could be Christians or Muslims, yet the formula should be the same, and that is increasing spirituality among them.

A campaign must be launched, perhaps with big cooperation from the different religious groups, to bring back believers into three basic concepts which we at the Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo (AND KNK, Children of God Blood Kin of the Christ) Church call as “The B-B-T principle”. “B-B-T” is an acronym which stands for “basa” (or  “read”), “bulay” (study), and “tupad” (comply, carry out, or obey).

I believe that if people will read their Holy Books daily, study them day and night, and carefully obey them all the seconds of their lives, they would be more God-loving and God-fearing, and would be more loving and caring or more concerned with their fellow human beings. This is the true root cause of peace, for all peoples of all climes!

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