Thank you, Pope Francis; Goodbye, B.S. Aquino 3rd!

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Pope Francis’s impact on the Filipinos defied all our highest expectations. On the other hand, President B. S. Aquino 3rd’s performance as host of the state-portion of the Pope’s four-day apostolic and state visit exceeded our worst fears.

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The 78-year-old pilgrim Pope renewed our spirits and took our hearts away while Aquino made us puke for his ill-disguised boorishness and lack of state manners. Today, as we thank and say goodbye to the Pope, we also bid Aquino goodbye and good riddance.

Worse than any typhoon
Francis came to share the love of Christ with the poor, and the victims of recent calamities. This was dramatized most vividly in his emotion-wrenching meeting with the victims of last year’s super typhoon Haiyan /Yolanda in Tacloban and Palo, Leyte on Saturday.

The advent of a new typhoon, which brought rains to Eastern Visayas, threatened to ruin the visit. But the real disaster that menaced the whole event was something worse than any typhoon–Aquino himself. He was the real calamity.

Aquino ‘kisses’ the Pope’s ring
Upon the Pope’s arrival, Aquino stunned everyone when he bowed to kiss the Pope’s ring–something which faithful Catholics do as a sign of respect and reverence . The next day, members of the Cabinet all kissed the papal ring during Pope Francis’s call at Malacañang.

As head of state receiving the Pope in his capacity as head of the Vatican city-state, Aquino was expected to simply to shake the Pope’s hand, as protocol requires. But we looked at this hand-kissing gaffe as a “gesture of solidarity” with the Catholic majority who constitute 85 percent of all Filipinos.

Ring-kissing a make-believe
Now, as the Times’ Saturday editorial pointed out, a Reuters video has shown Aquino’s lips some three inches away from the Pope’s fingers when PNoy released Francis’ hand. He did not kiss the papal ring, after all. It was all a lie, meant to deceive the Catholic rabble on the street that PNoy had become one of them. But whatever myth Aquino was trying to create by that bogus act has since collapsed.

Aquino’s speech the real offense
Yet, this was only a minor offense. Aquino’s real and unforgivable offense was his “welcome speech” for the Pope. My knowledge of the English language has not equipped me with the right word to adequately describe that speech. The least one could say is that it was done in very bad taste.

From the Holy Father to the members of the diplomatic corps and of the Cabinet, the expression on everyone’s face was one of disbelief. Nothing as unpresidential has been heard from any Filipino president before. It was offensive beyond measure, and I felt personally violated as I listened to it. I felt as though I were being literally stepped upon in my face as I lay helpless on the pavement.

Putting the Pope on defensive
The speech contained none of the usual amenities, and started off with a pointed statement that was meant to put the Church and the Pope on the defensive. This is what it said:

“Colonialism was brought to our shores, partly by the efforts of the conquistadores, and partly through the efforts of the Church. When the clergy in that period was asked how they justified the injustices committed during the colonization of the Philippines, they responded by saying, the Kingdom of God is not of this earth.”

Four hundred years of colonial history was being caricatured in one short paragraph bereft of any scholarship. True, the Spanish sword accompanied the Cross in Christianizing Filipinos. But who specifically asked “the clergy in that period” to “justify the injustices” committed against the natives? And who in the clergy was asked to do so? Who exactly said, “the Kingdom of God is not of this earth”? How did that alleged response come about when the alleged question had not mentioned the Kingdom of God?

Humbug and more humbug
The paragraph is pure balderdash. But this was Aquino’s opening paragraph. Then he continued: “With Vatican II, however, this changed. Instead of being a pillar of the establishment, the Church began to question the status quo. My understanding of the changes inspired by Vatican II, and of the influence of liberation theology, was the notion that temporal matters affect our spiritual wellbeing and, consequently, cannot be ignored.”

Apparently Aquino has not heard that the radical questioning of the status quo, and the effort to change it, did not begin with Vatican II. It began with Christianity. Christianity abolished the idea of idols and false gods, and proclaimed the Kingdom of the Triune God. Christ, whom Christians worship as the son of God who became man to redeem humanity from sin, instituted the Church to make all things new. Nothing more revolutionary and life-changing has been heard before or since.

It took Aquino a lot of cheek to throw “liberation theology” in the face of the visiting Pope long after the errors of this “theology” have been formally condemned by the Church. He even quoted the Bible, too, forgetting that Beelzebub himself quotes Scripture for his own purposes.

Aquino’s usual cover-up
In his effort to deflect attention from the real conditions of the Filipino poor and victims of various calamities, Aquino tried to play his usual shell-game by talking about Marcos and Martial Law, and the crimes of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. This was a tired refrain, which he has used over and over again to cover his own sins and avoid discussing any of his self-inflicted problems.

He likes to refer to his late father, the former Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., as a victim of martial law who was assassinated in 1983 upon his return from the United States, where Marcos had granted him an indefinite medical furlough after a military court had meted him with the death sentence.

Aquino’s unexamined life
But PNoy has never bothered to ask what role his father had, if any, in bringing together the leaders of the Communist Party of the Philippines and the New People’s Army, whose armed rebellion had prompted Marcos to declare martial law; and what role he had, if any, in the 1981 bombing of the Plaza Miranda Liberal Party rally, where he alone among the top LP leaders was missing and nearly all his colleagues sustained serious injury.

Without any evidence Ninoy and his colleagues blamed the crime on Marcos, until the communists finally owned it. Former Senate president Jovito Salonga, who lost one eye from that incident, has categorically declared that “Ninoy had something to do with it.”

Nor has PNoy ever bothered to find out who actually ordered his father’s killing, just as his own mother Cory never bothered to find out during her six and a half years as president.

Complaint against the Church
In his “welcome speech,” Aquino praised members of the clergy for opposing Martial Law, but expressed disappointment that “many members of the Church, once advocates of the poor, the marginalized and the helpless, suddenly became silent in the face of the previous administration’s abuses, which we are still trying to rectify to this very day.

“In these attempts at correcting the wrongs of the past, one would think that the Church would be our natural ally,” Aquino said. “In contrast to their previous silence, some members of the clergy now seem to think that the way to be true to their faith means finding something to criticize even to the extent that one prelate admonished me to do something about my hair, as if it were a mortal sin.”

The people’s case vs. Aquino
This was a rather lame attempt on Aquino’s part to trivialize the people’s case against him. This has nothing to do with his falling hairline, or his addiction to cigarette smoking, which pollutes the air which he and those around him breathe. This involves the most grievous crimes against the Filipino people, the Constitution and the State–crimes whose public discussion the conscript media have successfully suppressed.

The first offense
His first most grievous offense is his having been “machine-elected” in an illegitimate and illegal automated election conducted by the Venezuelan private company (Smartmatic), which had no constitutional authority to conduct any election, using the precinct count optical scan or PCOS machine, after it had been divested of all its safety features and accuracy mechanisms in violation of law.

Only the Commission on Elections has the constitutional mandate to conduct any election, but it has to be a clean and honest election.

In 2010, Aquino led his closest rival by five million votes, after he had threatened to organize massive street protests, if he did not get those votes. Since then, he has controlled the rigged electoral process so that in 2013, all of his senatorial candidates won with the statistically improbable results of 60-30-10 in their favor, even in areas where they were hardly known.

The second offense
His second most grievous offense is his having physically corrupted Congress for his own ends. Using the Priority Development Assistance Fund, he bribed members of Congress to force the enactment of the anti-poor and constitutionally infirm Reproductive Health Law over the opposition of the Catholic majority, among others, whose right to privacy and to religious freedom is wantonly violated by the foreign-dictated legislation.

Then using both the PDAF and the much bigger Disbursement Acceleration Program, both of which the Supreme Court has declared unconstitutional, he bribed members of the Congress to impeach and remove Chief Justice Renato Corona, who had presided over the Court ruling against Aquino’s family interests in the famous Hacienda Luisita case, in favor of the farmers.

The third offense
His third most grievous offense is his refusal to implement the Supreme Court directive for the prosecution of all those involved in the manipulation and misuse of the PDAF and the DAP, which involves hundreds of billions of pesos.

The fourth offense
His fourth most grievous offense is his having reintroduced into his P2.6 trillion 2015 budget all the discretionary lump sums which the Court had outlawed in the 2013 budget, and redefined “savings” to allow himself to play around with any appropriation any time he would like to.

The fifth offense
His fifth most grievous offense is his having destroyed the impeachment process. Because he has committed impeachable crimes in complicity with the members of Congress, who have the exclusive power to impeach and remove the President, he has remained unimpeached. Three impeachment complaints have been thrown out by the House committee on Justice for being insufficient in substance.

The sixth offense
His sixth most grievous offense is that without having to declare Martial Law, he runs the government as if it were under Martial Law. To some people, he is far worse than the worst of Marcos.

The seventh offense
His seventh most grievous offense is his utter lack of heart and humanity in the face of calamity, misfortune, and injustice.

Aquino must have thought that just because no one was asking him about his crimes, he could hide them from the Pope. He has forgotten that the Vatican has the most extensive reporting network in the country. Every parish priest reports to his Bishop and every Bishop reports to the Pope, through the Nuncio or the Curia.

Time for CBCP to act
If there’s any complaint to be made against the Church, it is not that the Bishops and the clergy have taken a common stand against Aquino, but rather that they have not. But after Aquino’s inexcusable conduct before the Pope, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, which convenes today, might find it opportune to finally look into his crimes more closely, and bid him goodbye and good riddance.

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  1. Speech writers of Pnoy are so stupid too for writing such stupendous welcome speech. Welcome speech ? Or worried speech?. Hell most impolite. Cardinal tangle and msq. Soc Villegas being close to Cory even almost telling all that Cory is a Saint? Church will not react on the insults made by Pnoy to some priest. Mind you Villegas during his stint in Edza shrine had driven away oppositionist to Cory adm. Villegas had
    insulted Marcos loyalist as poor squatter people, bad smelling poor people. Paid squaters. In short msq. Villegas is the big hypocrite the opposite of what Pope Francis said to love the poor. Who did commission a painting where movie stars and few politicians face were depected as pinoys welcoming the Pope? Cbcp under Villegas? Was it ever accepted gift? Most promenent were allies or Villegas favorite. Vilma santos the mayor of lipa where Villegas Church stays, Cris Aquino. Et al which barely reflects the common Filipino people faces. Thank mr. Tatad God bless the Philippines. The land being govern by too many incompeyent corrupt leaders.

  2. That is the kind of President we have today – ill bred
    He did it to Chief Justice Corona
    now He did to the Pope.

  3. I wonder when shall we mend our ways and learn from many missed opportunities. We had so much potential and promise to be a great nation but we ourselves ruined it with lust of fame, wealth and power through graft and corruption, vicious partisan politics by way of falsehoods, theft, mud slinging, personality attacks, bickering and nit-picking or simply in violation of the very basic commandments instead of simply making the same effort to educate/civilize ourselves, sincerely enlighten others, work together for solutions and aspire for true progress. Our history, since the time our forefathers, has proven that to this day we have not matured and I truly believe that we do not even merit the title of a developing country. On the get go, for example, one Emilio had history rewritten in his favor while, more recently, one Ferdinand made an effort but with disastrous results. And perhaps many others who tried but failed after being “eaten by the system.” All because of the never satisfied lust, the root of all evil.

    I do not profess to be blameless for I may have just silently sat on the fence for the longest time but I am one with the Holy Father and the many other believers who pray that, again given this opportunity of the Papal Visit, we will finally wake up from this recurring bad dream and transform this country to the kind of nationhood and progress we truly deserve.

    Mabuhay po tayong lahat.

  4. walang puwang sa puso ni BS Aquino ang kapatawaran…. if you constructively criticize
    him asahang mong kalaban mo na siya at talagang he will go after you at all cost… yan ang pusong vindictive… Sana naman ni respeto niya ang presence nang Holy Father.. Ipagdasal nalang natin na may pagbabago sa puso niya… If people’s uprising to remove this President sigurohin natin na ito’y naayon sa wisdom ng Panginoon…

  5. victor m. hernandez on

    It was both a state and apostolic visit, but mostly apostolic which impacts on how the affairs of the state are being run by state programs or lack of it. Much poverty and great inequity prevail in our country.
    Jesus said, the poor shall always be with you. And how we treat the poor by mercy and compasion or indifference and inaction will determine our salvation. Pope Francis says, we will be judged by how we treat the poor, and those in the peripheries. The Gospel says, you do or don’t do to the least of your brethren, you do or don’t do unto me, thus says Jesus Christ. Pope Francis will not judge, but God Almighty, our God the Father will. Ignore this at the risk of our perdition.
    Pope Francis counsels us to bring mercy and compassion to our people, the answer to the little girl’s question on God;s tolerance of evil. The Pope then counsel us to think, feel, and do. Repeat, Think, Feel, and Do. And once more with passion. The late Senator Manglapus said, the solution to the country’s ill will come from Rome. The Holy Father has admonished us to Think, Feel, and Do, and give mercy and compassion to one another, and to the least of our brethren. There is God who will judge, He is the one and only God whom we should adore, serve, and follow. Any other than the one true God, are idols that provides earthly power, glamor, and pride. The latter will bring us to perdition, as one, and as a nation. Jesus Christ said, the only way to exorcise evil is by prayer and fasting, thus effectively provide us the freedom to love, and give mercy and compassion. The evil will cry in protest in the face of the sacred and holy. God is our refuge and our strength. May God strengthen our Faith.

  6. emmanuel mallari jr on

    I will not be surprised if the Filipino people will rise up against this administration in the very near future (before pnoy’s term ends).

  7. The welcome speech of PNOY is so disgusting – it is bereft with disrespect and lack of protocol. I cannot anymore stomach the stupidity of our President. Pope Francis was PNOY’s state visitor and it is but proper for him to show the least respect and diplomatic protocol; Enough have been said of his lack of it.

    Right now, the CBCP is now in meeting. They should discussed how to agitate the people to kick out that ignorant President in Malacanang. The :PH is not going anywhere economically. It’s going to the dogs. On the other hand, we can’t blame PNOY after all he is just reading a prepared speech written by a bunch of his ignorant speech writers. I salute to the erudite column of Kit Tatad. I enjoy reading your column . More power to you!

  8. when Fr. lombardi says that Abnoys speech was unique,it also shows that Pnoy was unique,unique in the sense that he was a special person.he had too much hatred in his heart.That speech is coming from a mentally derange man.

  9. The speech of Pnoy during Pope visit in the Palace only show what kind of breeding he has. He invite guest or sometimes get invited in a gathering and will criticize them on his speech. No manner and no conduct.

  10. the fake president did not kiss the pope’s ring. he is unique just like his speech when pope francis was at the palace. he is gifted.

  11. B.S. Aquino is the devil in persona! He and his cohorts are the doom of this country, unless we all wake up. Down with this insane and inept president.

  12. Back to Looting again…
    Regarding the forthcoming, it’s been set already who will win on 2016…
    The Secret candidates of P-Noy is no other than JeJeMon Binay, in exchange for DOGS ( Debt Of Grats. ) for the laters role during EDSA REV. ..
    And the PCOS machine’s role…it’s still the COMELEC to decide who will win the election…just like in Boxing…you’ll gonna Loss by the decision of Referee, which is the COMELEC with the PCOS machine in it…PCOS machine can be tampered with because it’s the humans who’ll program the machine…and in just a SWING of one hand the winner will be proclaim in one hour, if the PRICE is RIGHT…remember the ” HELLGAR ” during GloMacAr PrElection…it will gonna happen again…

  13. Well said Sir. A leader cannot be a good leader unless his heart is for the good and love for his constituents. The real problem is that his heart is not with the common good but only for himself and for political party considerations.

  14. To the credit of the church, Vatican or the Phil hierarchy, they have not threatened to rain hellfire on Pres Aquino for his remarks, something they would haven done in years past when the Cath Church held sway. And to Pres Aquino for being unafraid of the throng and the social disapproval that he would incur. And what’s the offense?-for not being nice in the eyes of visitors, something that is held sacred by us. But the local church have been so accustomed to lecturing the rest of us it has not bothered to practice half of what it preaches. For example, has the church bothered to apologize for its past historical sins in this country? Let’s read our history again. And about time the church looks at itself how it has contributed to development of our present crop of political and social leaders.

    • President Aquino was correct in stating the facts about the shenanigans of the bishops. The Pope himself is at the vanguard of combatting clericalism within the Catholic Church—clericalism is the attitude of priests, nuns and prelates to hold themselves superior over the laity because of their position in the Church. It was refreshing for the President to do that in their face. We should applaud him for his courage and honesty. Gone are the days when people should follow blindly their religious leaders. Look at what happened when people did that: the most unspeakable crimes against children in the U.S. and elsewhere, including the Philippines—child abuse! It is common knowledge that some priests and bishops in the Philippines serve Mammon more than they do God. A lot of them have mistresses and even children.

  15. The Philippines is what it is today because there many Alfonso Alag, Jr. or Alfonso Slag, Jr. believing blindly in the Aquino legacy. The Aquinos are revered as the country’s icons of democracy. But consider these facts about them.(1) Ninoy Aquino
    was instrumental in the creation of the NPA, (2) Cory Aquino’s first act as President was to release the head of the communist party from prison. (3) BS Aquino believes that as president, he should not be subject to the decision of the Supreme Court; he bribed the Congress of the Philippines so that he is now free to do anything he wishes even actions already declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.

  16. Primer C. Pagunuran on

    I thought it to have been written with much restraint and the intent cannot be bedevilled. So I think that for this one, Kit shared a good point which many of us somehow already know but do not probably wish to openly comment on.

  17. Butch Borgonia on

    This Francisco Tatad Minister of Information of Marcos
    Let me share with you one true story Sir:
    In Mindanao, a newspaper picture of a Barangay Meeting where almost
    All attendees’ hands were raised , had a caption which I remember
    Being written Like “…Barangay Meeting shows unanimous approval
    Of Constitutional Amendment # so & so ” or something like
    ” Unanimous approval for Pres Marcos re-election”
    When in fact the question was ” Who among you have not
    Eaten lunch yet, raise your hand”
    Sir Francisco, what about all the independent Surveys showing
    Similar pre-election results. I don’t know how true but Candidate
    Villar had billions ready to splurge two weeks prior to May 13,2010
    But decided against when his very own-funded surveys upon his strict
    objective instructions to get true reliable people’s sentiments show he could
    Never get beyond double-digit leads of BS Aquino.
    Looking back Marcos first term was admirable.
    By the time he proclaimed Martial Rule in 1973, The venerable PCGG Chairman
    Jovito Salonga said Marcos had enough wealth that even all his great-great grandchildren could live comfortably. Why he wanted to stay in power
    Could only be explained in one word: GREED
    I wish you will also publish historical facts during Marcos
    Since you were in position to know. Thank You Minister of Information
    Tatad.

  18. The only disaster during Pope Francis visit is the speech of P Noy what a shame.i can’t imagine why he do it.

  19. Typical boy sisi, he hasn’t got anything good to offer so he blames everybody but himself & his yellow turds.

  20. Didn’t know there’s a CBCP meeting opening today. I pray the bishops decide to join the National Transformation Council.

    • The CBCP will probably discuss Glyzelle Iris Palomar. Because Glyzelle asked a religion question — that while it is easy to point to very sunsets or sunrises, or to kindness of foreigners to flood victims or generosity of the poor to one another — items that make one say “There is a God.”…. Glyzelle points to many other common occurrences, yet super-evil occurrences that make even a child ask “… teka, may diyos nga ba? Eh bakit niya pinapapabayaan itong mga garito?”

    • Do not expect too much. Cardinal Tagle and Archbishop Villegas are known to be close to the Aquino family. They may influence the outcome of this meeting.

  21. Pres. Aquino’s father fought Pres. Marcos not for the Filipino people but for their hacienda which the latter was allegedly coveting. The casualties of hacienda Luisita are the farmers and former Chief Justice Corona. Pity Mr. Corona for doing his job right, he was ganged up by this power trip sitting president and his congress. Mr. Tatad zeroed in the fact that the Philippines is currently technically run under martial law by Mr. B. S. Aquino. While he is not using the military to suppress every critics and opposition, he uses MONEY of the people and his congress. With money in their mouths, the lawmakers will not impeach the very person that plugs their mouth with money. In my previous posts, I mentioned that the PCOS that landed Mr. Aquino in Malacanang will not materialize without the backing of the elite that controls the country. They have become used in the machine election (PCOs) that the next presidential election come 2016 will not be decided by the people’s vote, but by the PCOS machine, as usual. Who will stop them? The lawmakers who are themselves drowning in PDAPs and pork barrel? I hope I am wrong, but watch how the poll survey companies and the PCOS machine will trample again the people’s rights.

  22. There really are no appropriate words to describe the shamelessness of the Abnoy in the way he spoke to welcome the Holy Father . Where before there was great suspicion about his mental deficiency, the message he uttered to the Holy Father left no doubt. And he thought all along that he did “great”. Gosh, our visitors were just too polite. Fr. Federico Lombardi, spokesman of Pope Francis, termed the message as “unique” . No doubt what he meant was that his description was beyond words.

    I spoke briefly in a TV program on the first day of the Pope’s arrival and I was asked in the last part of the interview what I would tell the Holy Father if I had a chance to speak to him face to face. I minced no words. I said I would ask the Holy Father “to pray for our country and people because we have such an evil fake president and a bad government”.

    The consequent messages of the Holy Father in Malacanang, in Tacloban up to his homily in the Luneta grandstand revealed that he knew enough of the evil of the Abnoy and his government. He strongly asked the “concerned corruptors” to “reject the culture of corruption which deprives the poor of the resources due them”. Yesterday, at the Luneta, he again followed his crusade against corruption by declaring corruption to be a grave sin. It is now up to the Abnoy and his cohorts in his staff and in both houses of Congress to examine their conscience and figure out how they can acquit themselves of their sins before the judgment of God. Restitution is necessary in the sins of graft and plunder.

    Saying goodbye to this oppressive and treacherous illegitimate president is the gravest imperative of the moment.

    • rosendo bagtas on

      is their still room for Abnoy to examine his foolhardy and bigoted conscience? truly i seriously doubt it considering the severe and grave state of mental deficiency Abnoy is suffering. i seriously doubt too if he is contemplating the restitution/s he ought to do for the sins of corruption and plunder he committed against the Pilipino people. truly, saying goodbye to Abnoy is what our country needs, pronto!

    • rosendo bagtas on

      surely but not bad politics! kit tatad just only speaks out his mind and that of the people he is convinced was wronged by the sitting Abnoy. Abnoy and you, alfonso alag jr, do have bad politics, e.g. politics of money, tyranny, corruption, and what else right minded Pilipinos have to say. we pray that the cbcp shall see the light of day and decide to do something for the good of this Abnoy forsaken country!

  23. Haaaayyyy Nakuuuuu! on

    Aquino, Noy has one of the sins we cannot forget — the sin of omission; pinabayaan na ang mga taumbayan sa kanilang kalagayan and keep on blaming the past administartions and did not even bothered to explain prior to his election that he cannot do the superman and solved the problem the country was facing then. Puro gimmick lang ang alam. Kung pagmamasdan mo ang galaw ng mga taong ito, makikita ninyo talaga kung gaano lang sila nagnanakaw at yun lang ang kaya nilang gawin. Magtaas ng fare, mag-pasinayam ng mga military installations, military change in commands, puro ka-gimmick-an! Magmatiyag tayo mga kaibigan!

  24. BS Aquino’s welcome speech was self-serving and disgusting to say the least. It was garbage. That’s the best he can do.

  25. I was a Pnoy fan. I voted for him during the elections and even has a picture of me with him during his campaign. I was a believer.

    but right after his election, i began to ponder the statistically improbable results of elections in our province wherein nobody won from the opposing party despite having some historically undefeated candidates. PCOS was questioned yet I gave it the benefit of the doubt.

    after almost five years of tenure, i began to lose my doubt and had started see the clear and present danger that this administration has brought us.

    The comment against the clergy in front of a visiting pope definitely shuts the door and strengthened my resolve to do something to stop the acts of impunity of this administration in going after its perceived enemies in the guise of “tuwid na daan”.

    President NOY bakit mo naman pinahiya ang mga pari sa harap nang ating panauhing pandangal. . . they are his apostolic brothers. . . manhid ka ba na di ma pansin na maari syang masaktan sa mga sinasabi mo. . .

    can you not see the unselfish example of his holiness trying with humility to teach the faithful and the men of clothe to be genuinely compassionate just like Jesus Christ?

    • Once you expose the evil doings of aquino, once you criticize his mistakes and his being incompetent, he will never forget you and forgive you. He will attack you and destroy you whenever he wishes. That is his character, a very vindictive person indeed.

  26. sonny dela cruz on

    I.m hearing the sound of the drums, it means something might happen after the pope leaves. An EDSA like scenario maybe and if Malacanan is defiant then CIVIL WAR is ripe to happen. The poor filipinos got their inspiration from the pope to be treated fairly by the present government. Let see what happen next.

    • KatutubongNagmamalasakit on

      This is what i hope the people to do. The energy, the force, the enthusiasm that this visit generated to be transformed to action, to finallly stand and fight for what we believe in. We are so fed up with this rotten system of government that suppots economic oligarchy. Tara na!

  27. muriel magtanggol on

    Yeah, he should go. Walang modo! Lacking in any form of moral standards, high or low, that is why he keeps the corrupt and graft-laiden men in his cabinet, and allows the corruption and bastardization of our Constitution!