• Does God have a plan for President Duterte?

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    IS President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs part of God’s plan?

    Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Socrates Villegas, among many appalled believers, certainly sees nothing divine in the hundreds-and-rising drug suspects murdered since Duterte’s election victory in May.

    Yet powerful, aggressive, or even malevolent figures have played parts in the Lord’s inscrutable plan of salvation. While men’s actions may contravene His law, they can still unwittingly advance His overarching plan.

    In the Bible, Emperor Nebuchadnezzar took the ancient kingdom of Israel captive in Babylon, a 40-year exile by which God punished His Chosen People for their sins.

    Nearly a century ago in 1917, Our Lady of Fatima warned of severe chastisements unless Russia was consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, including a conflict more devastating than the First World War raging then. Two decades later the Second World War engulfed humanity, ignited by the genocidal Adolf Hitler.

    And heaven allowed potentates and troops of the Roman Empire to torture and kill not just Christians, but Christ Himself. Those atrocities not only strengthened and expanded the young Church, but saved humankind with Jesus’s sacrifice on the Cross.

    What might be God’s agenda for President Duterte, who said in his State of the Nation Address last month: “[W]hile I am a stickler for the principle of separation between Church and State, I believe quite strongly that there should never be a separation between God and State”?

    Three threats to Church and State

    While one cannot presume to divine Divine plans, saving the Philippines from grave perils seems well within His mercy and love for Asia’s only Christian nation, consecrated to His Immaculate Mother’s Heart in 2013. Especially if looming threats would damn millions of souls.

    What devilish danger is there that God would allow the rise of a leader waging merciless bloody war against the lawless, with probably countless innocents assassinated?

    Actually, three threats could wreak havoc on both State and Church. And Duterte seems well placed to deal with all of them.

    One clear and present danger is the crime and drugs explosion under the Aquino administration. Crime tripled since 2010 to more than 1 million incidents a year starting 2013, with possibly 1.6 million crimes last year, based on the 50 percent surge in the first semester.

    Filipinos suffered nearly 10,000 murders a year, 12,000 rapes, 60,000 robberies, 170,000 thefts, and a quarter of a million assaults, based on the government’s Philippines In Figures 2015 yearbook, which reports 2014 data. (To get the 2015 data, use Duterte’s Freedom of Information order.)

    Threat No. 2 is the possible escalation in terrorist and rebel violence, including atrocities by extremists imitating  the so-called Islamic State.

    Aquino’s peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front contained provisions that could entrench terrorists in the envisioned MILF-dominated Bangsamoro region. Last year’s Mamasapano massacre of 44 police commandos scuppered the accord’s implementing law, but Duterte must now re-negotiate peace to block extremism.

    The third danger is potential conflict with China, fearing nuclear-capable American forces now escalating rotations in the archipelago with access to five bases under the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement affirmed by the Supreme Court.

    If war breaks out between China and the US, even over flashpoints not involving our nation, there would likely be attacks on American forces in the country, plus the Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija bases they would use.

    Duterte’s willingness to talk with China can reduce future war risks due to the EDCA and growing frictions pitting Beijing against Washington and Tokyo.

    These dangers of escalating crime and drugs, terrorist and rebel violence, and war in Asia could be devastating to the people and the Church. And the eruption of violence and conflict, including drug killings, would lead many souls to grave sin, then send them to their Maker without repentance.

    Consecrated to and saved by Mary

    The good news is our Blessed Mother may have been moving to protect the country whose patroness she is, especially after Catholic bishops consecrated the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in June 2013.

    Since then, events have transpired to address the triple threats. All three emerged under then-President Benigno Aquino 3rd, and right after the consecration, his clout suffered one big hit after another.

    The following month, the pork barrel scandal erupted, along the Metro Rail Transit scam.

    The illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) made headlines in August.

    Then came the Zamboanga siege in September, the Bohol earthquake in October, and Supertyphoon Hainan in November — all exposing Aquino’s governance failings. And at year’s end, the High Court unanimously declared pork barrel unconstitutional.

    2014 seemed to show gains for Aquino, with the Bangsamoro pact and the EDCA signed. But his re-election moves failed, and the Supreme Court voided the DAP.

    Then in January 2015, the Mamasapano massacre plunged his ratings to their lowest. He recovered later in the year, but that didn’t help his chosen successor Mar Roxas.

    So instead of another Liberal Party regime staying the course that spawned the triple threats, a new adminstration is decimating crooks who flourished under Aquino, though its methods grossly violate the Fifth Commandment.

    Duterte is also renegotiating peace with Muslim rebels sans constitutional infirmities, and reaching out to communists, too. And instead of parroting Washington’s adversarial
    stance, he has sent former President Fidel Ramos to ease tensions with Beijing.

    If all that is part of God’s plan, much as the drug killings break His law, it’s not His first intervention to save the nation.

    Three decades ago, the Philippine Church declared 1985 a Marian year, the only national congregation to heed Pope Saint John Paul II’s call to do so. Soon after the special year ended in December, then-President Ferdinand Marcos called snap elections. Two months later his cruel and corrupt dictatorship ended in a miraculous bloodless uprising.

    May the consecration of our motherland to the Immaculate Heart of our Blessed Mother similarly lift the perils of crime, drugs, violence, and war facing our nation. Amen.

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    1. Great analysis, Mr. Saludo. Really God works in his own mysterious ways. I pray to God and Mama Mary to continuously watch over the Philippines and our President.

    2. USA should give RP more military aid in form of ships and planes. The ships are just rusting away in San Francisco Bay, the planes rusting away in the Calif desert. It will send a message to the world that RP is USA’s little brown brothers, just like in the 1900s. . . . . Obama’s response to the recent PROC provocations in the South Asian Sea have been limp, like Bill Clinton’s military responses to Mogadishu, Tanzania, and Kenya . . . . . . . Now Hilary is poised to be president of the USA again. More Clintonish foreign policy is going to be brought back. . . . . . PresRody will deal with PROC delicately as there are more Chinoys than Fil-amers in RP. PresRody will continue his war on drugs and crime, and tell the USA to piss off, a resounding diplomatic slap on the face.

    3. Ignacio Balbutin on

      It’s a pity to commit the country not to God but to a mere human being. It is God that placed Duterte as President not any human being. God has no beginning and no end so God can never have a mother. Commit this nation to Jesus, the Lord of lord and the King of kings and all will be well for this nation

    4. “God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform. He plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.”
      William Cowper

      “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God’s side, for God is always right.”
      Abraham Lincoln

    5. God told us help yourself then i will help you. We know that is God is love. But how can we solve problems if we will not act, we will not find solution to stop those problem. We cannot blame the previous administration “An administration of Moron and Persecution”. Past is past and we can’t twist the past into future just to stop criminality, drugs, corruption and hate. We will face the truth, we will stand firm and solve it what ever it takes. We will each other to solve it not to criticized every solution he offer to us. As yourself what you can do help and what you help.

    6. Definitely, Sir, God has. Didn’t our PDU30 himself said that “Presidency is destiny.”
      Isaiah 44:28; 45:1 where God told Isaiah that Cyrus will rebuild the temple, that palace gates will be left open for Persian army entry. And Babylon fell. Persian empire under Cyrus took over. . Isaiah wrote his prophecy some 150 years before Cyrus took Babylon. Destiny. Ezek 30:21-25 where God favored Babylon king to Egypt pharaoh. Destiny. Leaders supposedly are God chosen.
      About killing. Please refer to Deut 21:18-21, parents can kill their stubborn, rebellious sons. Now, there are about 1000 killed drug pushers who have wronged about 600,000 drug addicts, excluding those as you have mentioned were raped, robbed, massacred, etc. God said, in Deut 32:39 …. I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal . . My personal take “Thou shalt not kill” ….. innocent persons….

    7. Vincent de belen on

      Bishop Soc Villegas shows his allegiance to the Aquino where the six year role rule just ended. He was silent when his co-prelate where persecuted as PAJERO bishops neither did he spoke when DAP/PDAF erupted nor when Aquino allowed the slaughtered of SAF 44

    8. Since you invoked Bible historical passages regarding the grave moral and spiritual decay, criminality, corruption and abominations by majority of Filipinos and as a nation, would like to draw your attention in parallel situation at the time of Kingdom of Judah in the times of Monarchy leaderships recorded in Ezekiel chapter 8, as lists of sins and Ezekiel chapter 9 as God’s judgments and retribution, particularly Ezekiel 9:17,18.

      Back to your heading question, Does God a plan for President Duterte? the Bible will confirm, YES!, check, Colossians 1: 16,17. God has all have power all the affairs of men including ‘thrones’ or governments.

      If all Filipino people will support and heed to the change introduced by Duterte, Philippines will be a blessings to other nations and God will be gloried.
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      As professed Christian nation, what we had today is a sarcastic irony in opposite what is truthful both in people and leadership alike in the Catholic Church and government as it allow to loss the moral, social, spiritual and civic compass.of our society.

      As your solution description by Mary, is dogmatic and unbiblical truth, instead,
      you missed to assert the name of Jesus Christ, who is in human form who become with us and also the God Almighty, who died for all humanity, who can Only forgive sins and they Only one who died and raised from the dead and ascend to the father in the heavens sitting in the right in the throne of God, please check Acts 1:9-11;Luke 24:50-54;Mark 16:19,20.

      Thank you and Mabuhay and Pilipinas.

    9. I will have to trust Duterte because God chosed him to be our president. His actions are unorthodox almost to the point of being uncivilized and very rude.our society is mostly poor citizens that needs a leader.

    10. “Does God have a plan…”, “…heaven allowed…”, “…our blessed mother may have been moving…”;
      All these expressions are troublesome in the same way that they are unrealistic. They come from an assumption that the ‘gods’ up there somewhere are pushing people around like ‘chess pieces’. It’s unrealistic because it brushes aside the obvious reality that in all these happenings (events) in history, including the one we’re currently on right now, where killings and murders have apparently become inevitable, it’s human beings who are involved. Human beings plain and simple.
      The offshoot of this problematic and unrealistic perspective is that it leads people to think that the undesirable patterns of this purging (the murders, the killings…) can be addressed by people gathering in churches, kneeling and pleading the gods and the saints in some heaven somewhere to grant us some relief from the killings.
      The funny part: many of the priests and religious, at the end of the day, just go back to their peaceful abodes, also known as ‘convents’, and rest and sleep easy and peacefully. While the millions of ‘common’ pinoys worry daily about the secular realities that concern basic survival: food, shelter, clothing, and the dreams of getting educated in order to squeeze themselves out of the shackles of a life in poverty, need and want.
      Are the killings happening? Yes. Is God involved? I don’t see him/her around making the decisions leading to all the murders and the killings. Neither does anybody, I bet. Well, of course, somebody can insist and use the excuse of ‘faith’ to ‘see’ God.
      I mean, I grew up catholic but, this unrealism and insanity has to stop and yield to realism so that society can move on to address its problems with more realistic approaches.