Refusal to Bear Arms Can Never Establish Peace

Among the things that fascinate me is Japan’s code of honor: Bushido (or the way of the warrior). Bushido dictates that corrupt leaders will either die by the sword of a Samurai, or they can choose to die with honor through Seppuku.

I come from a family of rebels. Personally, I have chosen the path of being a militant pacifist, within reason. Inasmuch as I love to study the Holy Writings of various independent world religions pertaining to peace, I am also a big fan of studying the complex history of war and anti-war. The works of the likes of Shoghi Effendi, ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Yukio Mishima, Inazo Nitobe, Nathan Rutstein, Mikhail Gorbachev, Leo Tolstoy, Sun Tzu, Alvin and Heidi Toffler, Henry Kissinger, etc. have been my pastime readings from the time I was 13.

I have yet to study the case of a modern-day peaceful and progressive state that did not go through at least half a century of bloody warfare to realize freedom, equality, and security for all.

To encapsulate why I do not believe in extreme absolute pacifist ideals embodied by Leni Robredo:

Extreme absolute pacifists are very close to the anarchists, in the sense that both of these groups lay an undue emphasis on the rights and merits of the individual.

Non-co-operation is too passive a philosophy to become an effective way for social reconstruction. Their refusal to bear arms can never establish peace.

There should first be a spiritual revitalization which nothing, except the cause of God, can effectively bring to every man’s heart.[1]

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Among the things that fascinate me is Japan’s code of honor: Bushido (or the way of the warrior). Bushido dictates that corrupt leaders will either die by the sword of a Samurai, or they can choose to die with honor through Seppuku.

My grandfather, a guerrilla fighter during WW-2, killed a lot of Japanese soldiers in Philippines with the many bombs he created. Still, he had high regard for Japanese warriors. Sometimes, there’s no other way but to use anti-war strategies to gain freedom and to prevent bigger wars from breaking out.

Despite being a militant pacifist, I am grateful and beyond proud of my grandfather who fought violence with violence at a time when he needed to protect his own country, and his own people.

Sometimes, I feel ashamed that I belong to a generation of castrated guerrilla fighters. But then again, my grandpa fought with bombs so I, his progeny, ideally won’t have to anymore.

The only violent thing about me is that…

I’m the BOMB. 💣💣


Duterte, the choice of strong leaders

For the first time in PH history, leaders from China, Russia, Israel, Singapore, and Japan, all have high regard for the President of the Philippines.

In Philippines, this week, President Rodrigo Duterte welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to his humble home in Davao City. Abe is the first leader that Duterte hosted since he became President in June 2016. This news gives me great joy!

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After a bloody war, true friendship between two nations is eventually possible when true respect and equality are restored jus post bellum. Post-war justice (jus post bellum) concerns the justice after a war. This includes issues like terms of peace agreements, reconstruction, war crime trials, and war compensations.

Abe’s friendly visit and warm friendship with Duterte comes as no surprise

A high-ranking official of Japan’s Ministry of Defense, formerly based here in PH, told me prior to the 2016 Elections that if Rodrigo Duterte wins as President, the security and economic cooperation between PH and JP will certainly become more vibrant.

I asked WHY? What was the reason? His answer was simple:

Duterte has strong Bushido. He is simple. He has honor. He loves his people. He has courage. He is the kind of leader Philippines needs at this point in history so your country can get out of the trap you are in. Duterte has the spirit of a good Samurai.

We Japanese people value Bushido. This is how we built and rebuilt Japan…

Interestingly, even an Israeli Special Forces unit member was urging me to vote for Duterte despite the fact that I told her I was only voting Miriam Defensor-Santiago. She said to me:

I know you love Miriam. She sounds great. But she is dying. Be strategic. Vote Duterte. Your country needs a strong leader like him to clean up Philippines.

I love the smiles and warmth of Filipinos. But you don’t know how to fight a just war. You allow yourselves to get bullied and enslaved for centuries… That P-Noy, his family kills farmers and poor people. Why is he still alive??! Because of money?

Vote someone who values JUSTICE more than money.

Do your country a favor. Vote Duterte.

PM Abe vows to help Duterte in war on drugs

Abe said through an interpreter: “On countering illegal drugs, we want to work together with the Philippines to think of relevant measures of support. For our part, Japan will tap, among others, the knowledge of the private sector to assist in the improvement of related facilities, formulation of treatment programs, and in other areas.”

Duterte’s war on crime is supported by at least 84% of Filipinos as a necessary JUST WAR.

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Just War: The Bahá’í View

“War is really nothing more but the result of existing forces.”[2]  So not only is war not always a bad thing necessarily, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá explains:

A conquest can be a praiseworthy thing, and there are times when war becomes the powerful basis of peace, and ruin the very means of reconstruction.

If, for example, a high-minded sovereign marshals his troops to block the onset of the insurgent and the aggressor, or again, if he takes the field and distinguishes himself in a struggle to unify a divided state and people, if, in brief, he is ‘waging war for a righteous purpose’, then this seeming wrath is mercy itself, and this apparent tyranny the very substance of justice and this warfare the cornerstone of peace.

Today, the task befitting great rulers is to establish universal peace, for in this lies the freedom of all peoples.[3] 


Regardless of predominant religious beliefs per state, majority of the leaders of countries come from the ruling elite of yore. Most members of such ruling families do anything and everything to keep people enslaved through #PovertyByDesign:

  1. Strategic distribution of addictive substances such as illegal drugs (and even alcohol)
  2. Covertly funding terrorist groups to destabilize governments of countries rich with natural resources
  3. LACK OF: decent shelters for all, access to quality education, fair livelihood, access to free potable water, affordable and efficient telecom, etc. etc. — these are all part of #PovertyByDesign.

Japan is not a perfect country, but one of the things I have learned from one of my mentors is that Bushido’s Seppuku is integral to the inevitable progress of Modern Japan, which pretty much everybody in the world loves and admires today.

I have friends from Science High who were strategically imported by Singapore for being math wizards. Many of their own Singaporean classmates are the progeny of those who died, for one reason or another, in the purging years of Lee Kuan Yew.

My own epic grandfather, a selfless guerrilla fighter of Spanish-Jewish descent, killed hundreds of Japanese soldiers, and some Makapili.

When I meditate on the issue of war (not just the PH drug war), my world view is to win the war against #PovertyByDesign. As an educator, I work in the path of peace. I do acknowledge, however, that attaining GREATER PEACE is a complex process of INTEGRATION and DISINTEGRATION.

Not all those who claim to be fighting for peace are sincere.

Not all those who fight in war time are sadistic psychopaths.

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All humans suffer with some form of cognitive dissonance. We can all take conscious steps, however, to overcome them. In my case, some people might think I suffer from cognitive dissonance in relation to supporting President Duterte. But in reality, I did not even vote for Duterte.

Given my training and past background with investigative journalism, I have done a thorough review of a wide array of political, historical, national security, and foreign policy-related issues, from as far back as 2003.

Gaining more knowledge gives me more QUESTIONS than answers, but one thing is crystal clear to me: I believe in democracy, truth, and justice.

I served the government under the Aquino Administration despite the fact that I did not vote for P-Noy. When we were called upon to serve our country, I set aside my politics, kept my mouth shut about their blind adoration for P-Noy, and took heed of my former mentor’s call to action when she needed to build an A-Team whose competence and excellence she trusted.

To me, democracy means I continue to serve the Greater Good regardless of who is the legitimate President.

I have literally been all over Philippines, not as a tourist, but as a researcher and as an educator. I am a witness to structural violence and injustice.

Whether or not I voted for Duterte, I will continue to do my part to offer alternative, parallel, and complementary solutions to help our country grow.

Power grabs are done by those who fear facing justice for their evil deeds as corrupt and self-serving “leaders”. Their adamance for the continuity of “DAANG MATUWID” is merely a strategy to perpetuate their IMPUNITY.

If, truly, there is nothing to fear and hide, why are they so desperate to take over before the six-year term is done?

Why can’t we all work together to help the current administration succeed? How could anyone claim absolute moral ascendancy and authority to dictate and decide that only THEY can serve as good leaders? That is ARROGANCE and IGNORANCE at its finest.

Vox Populi, Vox Dei.

For the “DISENTE” claiming that Cory Aquino is the Saint of Democracy, what they are doing now — orchestrating the ouster of a President with a clear, solid, and legitimate mandate — sure is a spit on God’s Name, to claim that their voice as the Moneyed Ruling Elite is much greater than the voice of the People.

It’s not only treason. It’s blasphemy.

And for those who may not believe in God, well…we can at least agree that we all believe in the kawaii-awesomeness of Japan. 🇯🇵

 


[1]  Compilations, quoted in Lights of Guidance, p. 407

[2] On behalf of Shoghi Effendi, May 11, 1932.

[3] ‘Abdu’l-Bahá, The Secret of Divine Civilization, 2nd ed. (Wilmette: Bahá’í Publishing Trust, 1983), pp. 64-67, 70-71.

Spend PH taxes on EDUCATION, not INCARCERATION, of CHILDREN! 

Go to the website below and VOTE NO to lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 to 9 years old. I understand the concern over children being used by criminal syndicates because they can’t be prosecuted – I know that’s really their modus operandi. However, putting these children in jail will only push them towards a life of crime. Instead of lowering the MACR, let’s push for better education and livelihood programs to give these children fair opportunities for a brighter future.

Go to http://www.congress.gov.ph/ and vote NO to lowering the minimum age of criminal responsibility (MACR) from 15 to 9 years old. 

I understand the concern over children being used by criminal syndicates because they can’t be prosecuted – I know that’s really their modus operandi. 

However, putting these children in jail will only push them towards a life of crime. Instead of lowering the MACR, let’s push for better education and livelihood programs to give these children fair opportunities for a brighter future.

– Feanne Mauricio 

U.P. PRIME Movers, IDALA, U.P. MCO: The law we campaigned for to protect children is now under threat. 

Resurrect the Juvenile Justice Law movement we started together.

The mission to protect children never ends. 

SULONG! 

Drei Toledo 

Dear #TeamMar4Prez: An Open Letter from J. Marnelli

Perhaps your ability to separate the Filipino from the Philippines is the secret to your success and allows you to foresee the turn of the tide. You know how we all want to be like you: shot-calling influencers astute enough to recognize an opportunity for personal gain.

Dear #TeamMar4Prez,

You guys are awesome.

Can I just say that I really admire your tenacity in working towards the downfall of the Philippines? It is truly admirable that despite the election being over six months ago, here you are tirelessly devoting man-and-brainpower to destabilize a government that has a clear mandate. Amazing dedication.

I also like the fact that you chose to tug at our heartstrings when you spoke about inflation and the risky economy. You know how we, as a country, love drama. Who cannot help but feel for a father who will need to delay his retirement or that ordinary hardworking employee who will have to postpone a vacation because of a peso that has weakened? That slant will definitely bring in the waterworks and will shift many to your cause.

Thank you for highlighting that this president is a murdering, womanizing, cursing neanderthal who embarrasses us in the global arena because that really needs to be said over and over. The guy is always there! How else can one challenge a man who is always present through the good and bad? We have to be reminded of the Yellow Times when leaders were absent, disconnected, and lacked ownership. You know that kind of governance was better because it was easier to find someone to blame for the breakdown of every basic government service that my tax helps provide.

Lastly, thank you Team, for being better than everyone else. It is wonderful, really, how you all profess love for the Philippines yet underestimate the Filipino. For is it not that we are easily swayed by what we perceive to be true? I particularly like it when you said “it doesn’t have to be true. It should just look like it.” Brilliant. You know us so well. How patriotic all of you are to do all of this from the other side of the world!

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Perhaps your ability to separate the Filipino from the Philippines is the secret to your success and allows you to foresee the turn of the tide. You know how we all want to be like you: shot-calling influencers astute enough to recognize an opportunity for personal gain.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for showing me what true love for country should be like. Let me congratulate you because you are one step closer to achieving a fragmented Philippines.

I am in awe of your audacity.

J. Marnelli 

#SabiKongWalaNangPolitikaSaFB2017

 

#LeniLeaks and the Modern-Day “Makapili”

The worst enemy of the Filipino people are its own traitors: The MAKAPILI. Every generation has it. At least, back in the day of our grandparents, the Guerrillas had the balls to kill traitors. Today, we tolerate snakes and collaborators strategically publishing and splattering their glammed up faces on the cover of magazines.

Remember what MAKAPILI was supposed to stand for: Malayang Katipunan ng mga Pilipino. These traitors considered themselves the “League of Patriotic Filipinos”. The modern-day MAKAPILI conspirators are the scheming traitors with political ambition along with lackeys of the former P-Noy government…

“One thing I learned from the history of installing our first female Philippine President, Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino, is that having boobs – O Beautiful Lactating Fountains of Life! – does not necessarily make a kinder and more competent leader… I must profess, I am a Feminist. My bias is to prioritize voting for brilliant, kind, strong, and competent women leaders. For positions wherein I cannot find a qualified female leader to elect, only then do I choose from Feminist male options. This is not to say all Feminists do the same, I only speak for myself and my process of choosing leaders in government…” 💁🇵🇭

⬆️💁🇵🇭⬆️ – May Puso, May Suso: A Feminist’s POV on the 3 Female Politicians running for the 2 Highest Gov’t Positions in the RP was one of my longer posts on Facebook last year before the May 2016 elections.

Back then, many people from my own circle were supporting Leni Robredo. Today, very few remain blinded by #LeKnee’s too pat and highly contrived persona.

Among these formerly trusted individuals from my own circle—a high-ranking official with whom I used to have the great honor to serve in an executive department of the PH government—even boldly declared prior to the 2016 elections:

“I don’t care if Liberal Party cheats so Leni Robredo wins, as long as BBM *does not* become the next Vice President.”

One of my own relatives (who is in the payroll of the Liberal Party) guaranteed that with the funds at their disposal, they will do everything, by hook or by crook, to ensure that Leni Robredo wins as VP.

These are my elders. Intelligent people I used to look up to. Colleagues I used to respect. Mentors whom I used to think were awesome.

I think the sad part of growing up is realizing that many people whom we thought were good, really aren’t. Or at least they changed (for the worse) somewhere along the way… Somehow, in the obsession of a handful of intellectuals to be RIGHT all the time, they twist reality when it no longer serves their own selfish interests and political agenda. They portray their evil deeds as the ultimate “battle of good versus evil.” And, of course, while they are at it, they claim to be the most “DISENTE” human beings God created EVERRRR.

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RAVENING WOLVES IN SHEEP’S CLOTHING

They have become such masters of the Smoke and Mirrors tactic that thousands of young people fall prey to their fear-mongering and hatred-fueled plans to reinstall the Yellow Regime.
Oh, how twisted the world has become! And yet…
I continue to believe in the power of sincere prayers. 

Three main reasons why mainstream media is mum about #LeniLeaks:

Self-censorship, “Envelopmental” Journalism, and Ignorance.

My first exposure working as a journalist, I was only 17. I started writing editorial columns for campus papers and competing in regional and national press cons much earlier when I was still in high school. I was handpicked by the late Isagani Yambot of Philippine Daily Inquirer when I was barely 19. I treasure how he treated me like his favorite grandchild. He was heartily laughing one time when he said to me that I was his “favorite feisty ‘lil rebel journo” in the more than ten years he was publisher. He said he liked my funny irreverence, brutal honesty, and profound tenacity to seek and defend the truth. He tolerated, if not encouraged, my audacity to call out my superiors in PDI for being corrupt. As publisher, he needed to observe tact and diplomacy because he had to promote and protect the paper’s business interests. In a way, the rebel in me felt a kindred spirit in him that was depressingly subdued because of the position of authority he was in. It was a classic Catch-22 for an otherwise good and principled man. Thus, for the short period of time I could tolerate working within a corrupt environment (fighting and naively hoping PDI could change from within), Mr. Yambot somehow lived vicariously through my raging idealism.

Shortly before he passed away, I randomly bumped into him in a mall in Makati. He was drunk, alone, and depressed. It was a painfully tragic thing to behold. I tried to help him walk straight, but he continued aimlessly walking, knocking down chairs and tables along the way. His eyes were barely open. I had never seen his eyes so devastatingly sad, like his soul crying out to be set free from whatever was torturing him in this plane of existence.

By the time I was 22, I was already jaded in the practice of professional journalism in the Philippines. Regardless of my cynicism, I continued to write. I continue to write because I don’t want to ever lose hope… I continue to write, pray, and serve the greater good, hoping fervently that someday, one soul at a time, more and more Filipinos will (borrowing from our black activist brothers and sisters) “BE WOKE.”

Although I never did figure out what it was that served as the straw that broke the camel’s back for Mr. Yambot, my gut says it had something to do with self-censorship. 

A part of me feels that if our citizens actively seek and defend TRUTH, TRANSPARENCY, and ACCOUNTABILITY; protect the true meaning of DEMOCRACY; and dynamically work in partnership with our duly-elected government leaders, somehow, good journalists and media practitioners like Mr. Yambot will have lesser fears in relation to exposing corrupt individuals and entities that operate organized crimes with impunity.

Then again, I could just be too naïve…


May God protect President Duterte and all the LEGITIMATE LEADERS of our government. And THANK GOD for listening to our prayers. 🙏❤️🇵🇭


Now, amplified by the power of ze Great Internet, more and more Filipinos have decided to help #EndImpunity by breaking the silence, actively crowd-sourcing information, passionately serving as volunteers, and no longer allowing themselves to be manipulated and dictated on by mainstream media and the Powers That Be pulling all their strings.

Today, more and more Filipinos refuse to KNEEL to the Oligopoly that have long enslaved the masses. 👊🇵🇭

To me, these are all answered prayers.

#LENILEAKS IS NOT A SURPRISE

The worst enemy of the Filipino people is no longer the foreign powers who continue to pillage our resources while tapping the influence of the (mostly ignorant but well-meaning) international community to support the ouster of Philippine leaders who refuse to submit to the dictates of the United States.

The worst enemy of the Filipino people are its own traitors: The MAKAPILI. Every generation has it. At least, back in the day of our grandparents, the Guerrillas had the balls to kill traitors. Today, we tolerate snakes and collaborators strategically publishing and splattering their glammed up faces on the cover of magazines.

Remember what MAKAPILI was supposed to stand for: Malayang Katipunan ng mga Pilipino. These traitors called themselves the Liberal Party “League of Patriotic Filipinos”. The modern-day MAKAPILI conspirators are the scheming traitors with political ambition along with lackeys of the former P-Noy government.

President Duterte is a murderous dictator, they say, as these traitors continue to freely act to topple our legitimately elected President. Meanwhile, we spineless and castrated modern guerrillas await the probable “SMART PARENTING” magazine cover feature  (or some other similar mag) of the charming Modern Makapili when she’s finally undeniably pregnant, and about to give birth. 🙈🙉🙊 Or will she push through with the planned abortion? During her December 2016 visit in the U.S., she also visited Hayward,  California. You know what’s in  Hayward?

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God-willing, she will not be pressured to get rid of her baby…

To be honest, if the current PR handling of #LeniLeaks is my basis for the brilliance of the team behind Leni Robredo, I am (kind of) looking forward to the PR spin the Liberal Party is still desperately brewing to get her smooth knees out of this shitstorm of their (and her) own making.

After all, I am quite the big fan of poetic justice…

…no matter how long it takes. 👊🇵🇭🙏🇵🇭👊

Vox Populi, Vox Dei. ❤️


💻🔍 Proving the authenticity of #LeniLeaks, watch MAMSHIES:
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Smoke & Mirrors

Do not allow the Yellow Regime smoke and mirrors strategy to deter you from continuing to work hard as a dedicated “DDS” citizen volunteer. For we, the common people, we are the most powerful army that can protect Democracy, and our beloved and duly-elected President.

 

The pattern is clear: the attacks and killings in #HaciendaLuisita (HL) manifest when the current President is in favor of implementing #JUSTICE that is long-overdue for the HL farmers.

There are two basic reasons for this pattern of attack:

1.) To display power, authority, and impunity – that the Cojuangco-Aquinos cannot be made to follow the rule of law (when it is not to their benefit); and

2.) Expect a series of staged/pre-meditated attacks (not only in HL but also throughout the country)… These are all designed to test the government and push the current administration to declare a state of national emergency, which will then be their basis to oust President Duterte, by making it appear he is a “dictator” like Ferdinand Marcos Sr.

Expect the Yellow Army to claim that these are all orchestrated by the DU30 Administration. Do not allow the Yellow Regime smoke and mirrors strategy to deter you from continuing to work hard as a dedicated “DDS” citizen volunteer. For we, the common people, we are the most powerful army that can protect Democracy, and our beloved and duly-elected President.

WE ARE WOKE.

WE ARE UNITED.

WE ARE POWERFUL.

WE WILL NOT KNEEL.

WE WILL NOT BE DIVIDED. 👊🇵🇭

#WEARETHE91PERCENT

#ProtectDemocracy

#WeStandBehindOurPresident

#DU30 🤓👊🇵🇭

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