What is missing with Puno’s BSBP? PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 24 July 2015 15:17



LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “…If my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray, seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I shall hear from heaven, forgive their sins, and heal their land…” (2 Chronicles 7:14, the Holy Bible).

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WHAT IS MISSING WITH PUNO’S BSBP? It is always a pity, as far as I am concerned, when well-meaning, credible, and intellectually-proven men and women come together to seek honest-to-goodness and substantial changes for our country and our people and yet miss out on one important—if not the most important—element of beneficial change.

With due respect, this is what bedevils the establishment of “Bagong Sistema Bagong Pag-asa” (BSBP), a group that seeks to change the form of government of the Philippines from its present presidential style to a federal system.

So what if the country’s system of government is changed from presidential to federal, and power is shared by the president with other officials of government, if those who will comprise the new system are the same corrupt and godless and spiritually bankrupt politicians and leaders of government?

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BSBP’S CHANGES USELESS STILL: Surely, a change in government or political system is still going to be useless, and will not really yield any benefit for the greater mass of Filipinos who will continue to wallow in poverty, in dissension, and in failures. And that, with due respect, is what BSBP and its leaders like former Chief Justice Reynato Puno, are surprisingly missing.

What do we, as a people, really need to change our present corrupt and plunderous system to an honest, transparent, and effective government? It is for everyone to change their mindset, agreeing not to conform any longer to the patterns of this evil and godless world.

We, as a nation, must go back to God, and listen to Him all over again by knowing His commands and His Word, the Bible, and then, obeying His directions that guarantee success and prosperity. The fact is that, in most of our lives as a Filipino nation, many no longer obey God, enabling them to steal, plunder, and abuse, in the positions given them.

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THE CHALLENGE FOR PUNO AND BSBP: I am gravely surprised that BSBP and Puno and their other equally illustrious members—former Vice President Teofisto Guingona Jr., former Sen. Aquilino Pimentel Jr., former Budget Secretary Salvador Enriquez Jr. and former UP President Jose Abueva—missed this point.

The fact is that Puno, Guingona, Pimentel, Enriquez and Abueva are known not only as honest government officials but as men imbued with godliness and with the Holy Spirit as well. It is therefore unacceptable that in their quest for a better life through substantial changes in the way of life of Filipinos, they seem to have forgotten that real change can come only from a mind and heart reformed by spirituality and godliness.

Indeed, our country and our people needed a system change, and long ago yet. But it is not just a change in government, not just a change in who will hold the most power in the political arena, that is needed. It is a change towards listening to God and obeying Him that would benefit us all. The challenge for Puno, et. al., therefore, is bringing back spirituality to Filipinos.

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