God does not work FOR us

Photo of our Muslim sisters were taken during the #MillionPeopleMarch. Shukran Jazilan! Moving forward beyond ideology, political affiliation and religion!
Photo of our Muslim sisters were taken during the #MillionPeopleMarch. Shukran Jazilan!
Moving forward beyond ideology, political affiliation and religion!

Joining our Muslim “kababayans” reflecting at the eve of Eid ul-Adha was most relevant for me.

If it was a test of faith for Ibrahim/Abraham to surrender a beloved son, whose birth came to him when he was more than 80 years old; For Filipinos, it’s been the most trying months for our country devasted by insurgency, calamity, corruption and impunity.

It’s just been one national problem after another. The wait for sustainable development and accountability is protracted while Mother Nature has been smacking our landscape relentlessly. Nothing but redundant knee-jerk solutions are delivered, the impatience of the people is percolating.

But Eid ul-Adha reminds us, regardless of religion, of the serene submission of Ibrahim/Abraham to the will of God and, allowing God to work THROUGH him.

Despite the calamitous earthquake that struck Bohol and Cebu, a blessed Eid ul-Adha it still was, for we are being comforted with the promise that through all the trials, no matter how insurmountable and incomprehensible it may seem to limited human understanding, God’s love is always greater than our fears and His plans always better than our dreams.

We are not asked to be blind and leave all to God but we are being challenged to be stronger in our faith and steadfast in our actions. We should push on doing away with the myopia, FINALLY learn from the insults that are almost forgotten and DEMAND what is due for our country and our people. Be reminded that in the:

’70s:
Coco Levy Fund scam
Marcos, Danding and Enrile conspired to tax coconut farmers, promising them the development of the coconut industry and a share of the investments, but on the contrary were used for personal profit particularly in the purchase of United Coconut Planters Bank (UCPB) and majority stake in San Miguel Corporation (SMC), to name a few.

’80s:
Bataan Nuclear Power Plant Debt
protracted from Marcos, Aquino, Ramos to Arroyo governments that costs the nation $US2.3 billion in construction and an IOU of 4.2 billion from NAPOCOR for maintenance. Maintenance cost per year: 40 million a year.

Operation Big Bird
The Cory admin’s failed effort to pursue the Marcos Swiss accounts worth US$ 7.5B in hidden accounts and assets. Only US$ 540 Million was recovered. Over time it grew to US$ 683 Million. The money was supposed to be awarded to an agrarian reform program, and the remaining part to compensate the victims of Martial law. Unfortunately, when it was transferred to the Department of Agrarian Reform, it was allegedly used for the 2004 presidential election.

Of the recent, the ’90s PEA Amari Scam (Ramos Administration), Textbook Scam (Estrada Administration)

2000’s:
Fertilizer Fund scam, NBN/ZTE deal, Euro Generals scandal (Arroyo Administration), and under the second Aquino Administration are the issues on PDAF, DAP, the  exorbitant bonuses of the boards of GOCC and the overspending of line agencies are headlines of late.

While a few bask in the taxpayer’s Billions, Millions are defenseless, hungry and uneducated! Our people are relegated to nothing but casualties of the Filipinos’ ubiquitous short term memory.

A strong testament of  bad stewardship and low regard for our country's rich heritage. The bold caption: FORESIGHT HAS NEVER BEEN INTEGRAL to a fiesta nation.
A strong testament of bad stewardship and low regard for our country’s rich heritage. The bold caption: FORESIGHT HAS NEVER BEEN INTEGRAL to a fiesta nation.

The century old churches of Bohol, now diminished to rubble, are painful wake up calls. It is a strong testament of bad stewardship and low regard for our country’s rich heritage. The bold caption: FORESIGHT HAS NEVER BEEN INTEGRAL to a fiesta nation.

Pity that with all the billions that went to the pockets of the greedy, no million was spent to fortify the antique structures, no inspiration drawn from the regard for the Roman Coliseum. Dilapidated public schools and hospitals, antiquated military hardware, pathetic government services and the apathetic majority screams of a country built on a house of cards, which is more than an insult to a beautiful land abundantly blessed by God.

The real tragedy of the Philippines is that despite the resiliency of many FILIPINOS, who rise from the worst of trials  is that, MOST DO NOT EVEN BOTHER TO SERVE and GIVE BACK!  Most of the have’s seldom bother, all the more do a huge number of the have-not’s.

Through all that has recently happened to our country,  our people are once again reminded that God does not work FOR us. We already know that our system sucks yet SELF-ENTITLEMENT takes precedence in a selfie society.

We should move the Philippines forward with hope to power us on and allow for God to work THROUGH each of us! A proud Filipino should SERVE and GIVE BACK!

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About Ms. Mike Portes

Mike is the author of "Minsan may Isang Puta", an allegory which has been circulating since 2004 and with over 50,000 likes and shares in social media alone. It won a film grant in 2010 to be included in the multi-narrative Indie film "Ganap na Babae" (International title: Garden of Eve). The teaser, reviews and commentaries are here. The movie was honored as Cinemalaya 2010's opening film and has won international and local recognition. The royalties from the initial 150 copies of Mike's first sole-authored book, The Dove Files, went to a Project Malasakit scholar who graduated Cum Laude in April 2013, the rest was also paid forward to baby Mark who underwent a liver transplant in March 2013. Part of the royalties of the "Minsan may Isang Puta" book at Barnes and Noble Online goes to support the education of a young Yolanda survivor taking up B.S. Accounting at U.P. Tacloban.