For Risa: who, really, is insane among us Filipinos? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 05 May 2017 13:37



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths…” (1 Timothy 4:3-4, the Holy Bible).


THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENED IN THE 2016 BAR EXAMS: The unthinkable in the country’s annual bar examinations has happened in the 2016 bar examinations. No law student from the prestigious law schools in Metro Manila managed to land even a single spot in the top ten list of highest scoring bar examinees, as students from the provinces took all of the top ten spots.

Then, the number of passers from 2016 bar exams would appear to be another first in that, some 59 percent of the examinees passed. There were 6,344 who took the bar exams last year, and 3,747 of them passed, according to records released by the Supreme Court, through its 2016 bar chairman, Associate Justice Presbitero Velasco Jr. DZEC’s Vic Somintac forwarded the list of top 10 to me.

Here are the top ten passers: Karen Mae Calam, University of San Carlos (USC); Alanna Khio, Silliman University (SU); Fiona Lao, USC, tied with Athalia Liong, Andres Bonifacio College; Allana Babayen-on, University of San Agustin; Justin Morilla, Ateneo De Davao University; Mark Dave Camarao, Northwestern University; Anne Margaret Momongan, USC; Jefferson Gomez, USC; Nia Rachelle Gonzales, University of Batangas; Marie Chielo Ybio, SU; Andrew Stephen Liu, SU.


FOR RISA: WHO, REALLY, IS INSANE AMONG US FILIPINOS? Now, I am praying Sen. Risa Hontiveros can tell me: who, really, is insane and mentally deranged, or confused of mind among many Filipinos right now? I ask this to her because her pet bill about giving basic mental health assistance to Filipinos who are considered to have illness of the mind passed the Senate the other day, and would be forwarded to President Duterte for approval.

The point really is, who are the insane hereabouts today? Are they not those whose minds have been darkened, weakened, and are rendered murderous and criminal because of unabated illegal drugs use and abuse? Are they not also those who refuse to see that the only way to effectively fight illegal drugs which cause insanity is the way adopted by Duterte?

The answer here is clear. Yet, Risa would like the fierce and deadly campaign to stamp out illegal drugs under the Duterte government stopped. With due respect, this to me is the height of hypocrisy, and, with due respect, insanity. She wants the mentally deranged to be helped, yet she does not want to eliminate the principal source of mental derangement, which is illegal drugs? Oh well…


INSANITY IS A CURSE FROM GOD: For whatever it is worth, I wish to reiterate that madness, confusion of mind, and insanity are ailments that have been prophesied or predicted to happen by the Bible. Under its Book of Curses, the Bible warns that, if people will no longer listen to, nor obey, the commands of God contained in the Bible, He will send many curses to the erring people.

Among these curses are madness, confusion of mind, and insanity. It would seem to be clear from this, therefore, that whatever insanity or mental confusion Filipinos are suffering from right now would have to be addressed through measures that would also involve spirituality, not just the giving of the usual run-of-the-mill health assistance, as envisioned by the Hontiveros bill.

I suggest therefore that Hontiveros and her supporters should endeavor to keep abreast somehow of what the Bible is saying on insanity and madness, and try to find a way to incorporate Biblical admonitions in her bill. Hopefully, she will see that incorporating a spiritual dimension in the campaign against insanity would also be an effective way of combatting illegal drugs, so that she could convince Duterte to try this spiritual way in his campaign, too?


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