Lately, the Philippine Opposition had been exploiting for political gain yet another piece of poverty porn. The snippets of copy used as fodder to mount this blame campaign are so predictable that they lend a bit of comedy to an otherwise serious problem.
Malinaw sa Kadamay San Roque na ang kamatayan ng limang magsasaka ng sibuyas ay kagagawan ng estadong pabaya. Panoorin ang statement nina Ka Inday at Ka Fe.
— Kadamay San Roque (@KadamaySanRoque) January 20, 2023
Victim mentality is evidently a favourite comfort zone of a people who harbour no concept of personal accountability. What is interesting is that when one considers that Filipinos are among the most religious people in the world, the doctrine they ought to be latching onto to guide them into coming to terms with suicide is right under their noses.
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Catholic dogma on the matter suicide is very clear. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in their book Catechism of the Catholic Church spells out…
Everyone is responsible for his life before God who has given it to him. It is God who remains the sovereign Master of life. 2258 We are obliged to accept life gratefully and preserve it for his honor and the salvation of our souls. We are stewards, not owners, of the life God has entrusted to us. It is not ours to dispose of.
When one observes how prayerful most “thought leaders” of the Philippine Opposition are, it makes one wonder what makes them predisposed to frame the suicides of farmers as acts caused by “the government”.
The fact is, everybody is subject to the ebbs and flows of prices as dictated by the Law of Supply and Demand in a free market. If this law is to be “repealed” on the bases of the shrill “activism” of a noisy mob of missguided relics of the Cold War, then best approach is to get some good representation into the legislature in the next national elections. For now, perhaps the more important guidance our “thought leaders” could issue to their flock is to take a bit more personal accountability for their fortunes. Their god would be pleased.
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