[This came in yesterday. The judge who apparently was supposed to hear the case Judge Madonna Echiverri inhibited herself in front of the complainants and respondents explaining she was a faculty member of the New Era College of Law where the Dean is Atty. Serafin Cuevas Jr, the counsel for the complainant. A new judge will be raffled. Kudos to you Madam.]
After the DOJ and EDSA facade, the expulsion of family, ministers, and officers, the Administration has noticeably grown quiet. Except of course for the “Dakilang Pamamahayag ng mga Salita ng Diyos” scheduled for tomorrow September 26 at the Philippine Arena. Banners and posters are all over the place depicting the portrait of our pinakamamahal natin kapatid, ang Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan, Eduardo V. Manalo filling half of the banner. As usual they’re again targeting the Guinness record of attendees in a single religious gathering, plus the attempt to break the record for a single movie premiere event – “Felix Manalo” – on October 4 also at the Arena.
By the way, though it may have escaped you, I’d like to remind all the bright boys at Central that there is an ongoing war at Syria and thousands are fleeing their host country to seek refuge in nearby countries. Have you identified all our brethren caught in the crossfire? Maybe its long overdue to advise the Church to pray for our brothers and sisters who may be suffering the consequences of that war and our leaders to take direct action to protect them. Or are you not interested because the Guinness does not take into account the largest number of casualties in that particular category.
Our former Executive Minister was never complacent where the welfare of the brethren was concerned. He would continuously monitor all the brethren thruout the world and advise all brethren to return home from a country where the safety and security of its citizenry were put at risk.
Kaya naman kayong mga magagaling na nasa kunsilyo, paki bulong naman sa pinakamamahal nating kapatid na alalahanin ang mga kapatid natin sa Syria, sa China, South Korea, at maging sa Japan (na ngayon ay pinayagang makilahok sa digmaan matapos ng anim na dekadang pananahimik), na isama natin sa ating mga pananalangin ang kanilang kaligtasan, maging ang mga namiminuno sa kani-kanilang bansa na bigyan ng katalinuhan upang mapanatili ang kapayapaan upang huwag mapinsala ang ating ginagawang paglilingkod sa Diyos.
Sa bagay, napakahirap mag-isip kung tadtad ka ng problema sa pinangangasiwaan – kulang ang pondong pumapasok, malaki ang binabayaran, sinamahan pa ng kaliwat kanang kasong mga kriminal. Buhay nga naman … weather weather lang.
Hindi ba mga kapatid, mas masarap ang paglilingkod noon? Sa mga panahong walang Arena, mga Stadium, walang Unlad at ano-ano pang mga Foundation. Walang Guiness, walang souvenir items. Pasugo lang ang babasahin magasin. Walang “Walk for victims”, tickets, T-shirts, atbp?
Pagsamba, pagtupad, pagdalo ng pulong at gawain kompleto na. Paminsan-minsan may socializing – nagsasalo sa isang bilaong pancit na may inuming tubig na pinatakan ng pineapple juice habang may kumakanta ng “Dust in the Wind” o kaya “Please release me” sa background. Kung bansagang tayo ay “bakya crowd.” Eh ano? Simpleng buhay, simpleng paglilingkod, simpleng pag-asa, pag-ibig, at pananamapalataya. Diyan tayo nakilala ng sanglibutan noon – isang simple at kahanga-hangang mamamayan ng Pilipinas.Kamusta naman ngayon? Ano ang tingin nila sa atin? Ano naman ang tingin natin sa ating sarili?
Masarap alalahanin ang nakaraan. As Folksinger Noel Cabangon would sing:
You can catch the whole song if you wish. A very nice song –