The Philippines is the Menudo melting pot where religion and politics mix together to come up with a colorful and interestingly flavored concoction unique to this mixed-breed people that conspicuously keep appearing in headlines with all the noise they generate from their small corner of the globe.
Again we are talk of the town all over the world as The Punisher graces the cover of Time Magazine. And what more can you expect from the man – with a mouth that fires daunting threats (against the objects of his fuming rage) as deadly as the blazing guns he uses to turn his city of Davao into a peaceful haven of rest for many crime-weary Filipinos – than to be true to his word of suppressing criminality in lightning-fast fashion – the very reason he was voted into power for.
As New York Times reports:
Mr. Duterte said he would ask Congress to reimpose the death penalty, which has been suspended since 2006 in the face of staunch opposition from the dominant Roman Catholic Church. Capital punishment by hanging, he said, should be imposed for heinous crimes, and criminals convicted of killing, robbery and rape should receive “double the hanging.
Why Believe in Catholic Priests?
With about 90% of the population being adherents of the Christian faith, it is quite ironic that many priests and citizens are against capital punishment. However, it is a breath of fresh air to at least hear news that newly elected Christian Senators Villanueva and Pacquiao seem to show signs that they are reading their textbook.
Look: The New Testament (the main textbook of every adherent) itself supports it. Read for yourselves what it says about secular government …
For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to evil. Do you want to be unafraid of the authority? Do what is good, and you will have praise from the same. For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil.
Did you see that? “bear the sword” = Government is allowed to kill.
Unless we think that the opinions of local priests are over and above the written constitution of their religious institution (the very foundation of their belief system), we should not even be listening to their nonsense when it goes against it. We as lay individuals have as much gray matter in our brain as these self-proclaimed leaders of the faith. They have nothing on us – so why should we be giving more weight to their “opinions” than to what our basic common sense dictates and what we can read with our very own eyes?
That’s like giving more credence to what your local high-school teacher has to say than to a scientific paper extensively peer-reviewed by experts in the first world.
The Catholic priests call for the respect of even one human life (the criminal). Did they think about the human lives (in plural) that fall into the hands of just one lone serial raping/murdering son of a bitch? – and the many more the apathetic sadist will victimize if he manages to escape or bribe his way out of our leaky justice system.
Common sense dictates the death penalty should be reinstated:
- It is an effective deterrent against crime if executed relentlessly
- It lowers the cost of maintaining our pathetic and dehumanizing penal system
- Congress will be abolished and a revolutionary government will be set up if lawmakers get in the way of President Duterte fulfilling his promise to the people
- It will fatten the fish in Manila Bay (which will be good news to fishermen in the area who complain of hardly catching anything much nowadays)
Now just imagine. No.3 is a lot of porky meat failing to line the deep pockets of our lawmakers who have invested so much just to be in the position they are in now (how about their ROI?); would they really want to miss out on that if their club gets abolished?
Even better, if these hardened criminals fight it out in gun battles as Du30 would prefer it, just imagine the cost savings in investigations and litigation proceedings, fees to lawyers and judges, and the years of board and lodging taxpayers have to shoulder – it just saves our society so much time, effort & money if they just died on the spot where they are found red-handed committing the heinous act they have no shame in (such as sniffing the life out of a poor kidnap victim whose parents failed to bring the full ransom for).
Filipinos are Changing – From Emotionalism to Common Sense
We may still remember how the entire country was engulfed in sorrow and tears when just one of our precious kababayans had to hang abroad (Flor Contemplacion, Singapore), or the relief it gave an anxious vigil-holding fingers-crossed people when such an execution was stayed (Mary Jane Veloso, Indonesia).
Somehow the memories and fears associated with these emotion-filled experiences got calloused out with the relentless Du30 speeches that have bombarded our ears these recent months filled with his expletive-laced “I will kill you” lines; and instead of cry, we all began to laugh. What has become of our people? Well, I guess – we just got our common sense back with the rise of Mr. No-Nonsense Mayor of the Philippines.
So let’s get those “heads rolling” guys… coz there’s a lot of culling to do in the land of dysfunctional drug-intoxicated zombies. And don’t worry; at 100M and baby factories churning out even more than we can ask or imagine, 10 heads a week won’t even make a dent.
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