Due Diligencer is deviating from the usual stuff, which is corporate. Instead, it is tackling an urgent issue that concerns me as a Catholic. I am writing this piece because Jesus God the Son has been abused by the Aquino administration. I may be wrong in my presentation of the biblical passage but I had written this based on my personal understanding of the New Testament.
In trying to deflect the critical issues against him and his people, President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino 3rd wrongly used the Bible. He is not and will never be Jesus. Or even be like Jesus.
Malacañang officials must have rejoiced over the biblical passage quoted by President Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino 3rd in trying to silence his critics. They must have thought that in going biblical, their chief executive has found what they thought to be the most appropriate and strongest defense against their political enemies and detractors among the 100 million Filipinos who do not believe in them.
Sad to say, they were wrong. By suggesting that those who have no sin should cast the first stone at him and his anointed people, Aquino, in effect, admitted their guilt. Unfortunately for them, he and his ghost writer failed to read the conclusion of this particular biblical episode about a repentant sinner who happened to be a woman.
Because Aquino did not provide his target audience the source of the biblical quotation, I retrieved the family Bible from our small library to do my own research. I knew there was something more to the story about the woman sinner. I should find out if Aquino was really serious and honest with his sudden conversion to religiosity.
True enough, casting a stone at a sinner was not all that Saint John wrote in chapter 8 of the Gospel According to John. The title says it all: “A Woman Caught in Adultery”. After reading this, I asked myself: Are there adulterers and prostitutes in the Aquino administration? I did not want to make a conclusion and I am not about to make one because I wanted to find out why Aquino hid behind Jesus his own sin of bribing the majority of the senators to wrongly convict Chief Justice Renato Corona and the sins of his own people.
The story proper about the woman started in verse 3 of chapter 8. “Then the scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery.
“4. They said to him, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of committing adultery.5. Now in the law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?”
The answer was what Aquino—perhaps on the advice of his trusted sidekicks—quoted. Here is what Saint John wrote in verse 7: “But when they continued asking him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let the one among you who is without sin cast the first stone.” This sent the woman’s accusers away.
Apparently, Aquino and his anointed ones stopped their Bible reading at verse 7, losing interest in the complete story about the woman sinner. Since they did not provide us the conclusion, I am citing verses 10-11: “Then Jesus straightened up and said to her, Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?
“11. She replied: “No one, Sir.” Then Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you. Go, (and) from now on, do not sin anymore.”
Aquino and his advisers were right in quoting only the verse that suited them. Had they been more resolved to become Bible followers, they should have reached John 8:11. Why they did not is understandable because repentance is only for sinners and Aquino and his people must think themselves to be “pure and immaculate.”
Since the description is an exaggeration, I had to put it inside a pair of quotation marks.
Are Aquino and his pawns in their little kingdom innocent of the accusations hurled against them? If they are, why did they need to use Jesus? They must be hiding something. Don’t they know that one of God’s Ten Commandments is, “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain.”
For the final question: Are there adulterers in the Aquino administration?