Magkapareho ang Pananaw ni Pacquiao at Binay Pagdating sa Katiwalian….nakakabahalang isipin!

Magkapareho ang Pananaw ni Pacquiao at Binay

Pagdating sa Katiwalian…nakakabahalang isipin!

Ni Apolinario Villalobos


Umaayon si Pacquiao sa pananaw ni Binay na walang katotohanan ang mga ibinebentang sa kanyang katiwalian hangga’t hindi napapatunayan. Papaanong mapatunayan ni Binay na wala siyang kasalanan kung hindi naman siya umaatend ng mga hearing? Paano niyang mapatunayan na hindi galing sa nakaw ang yaman nila kung palaging idinadahilan niya ang “immunity” ng kanyang posisyon upang hindi siya mapuwersang dumalo sa mga hearing?


Nakakabahala ang ganitong pananaw dahil nagpapahiwatig ito na walang kasalanan ang isang nagnakaw kahit may mga ebidensiya pero hindi napatunayan sa husgado dahil sa galing ng kanyang abogado. Ang ganitong pananaw ay nagsasalamin ng hindi mapapagkatiwalaan sistema ng hustisya na pinapagalaw ng mga abogadong “matatalino” at ang serbisyo ay mayayaman lang ang may kakayahang umupa. Dahil diyan, maraming mga inosenteng mahirap na walang pambayad ng magaling na abogado ang  nabubulok sa bilangguan.


Palaging may karugtong na “Diyos” at pa-English pang deklarasyon ng kanyang “faith” kuno tuwing magsalita si Pacquiao upang ipabatid na siya ay maka-Diyos, kaya tingin niya sa kanyang sarili ay isang mabuting tao. Nakakapanindig- balahibo ang ginagawa niyang pagmamalaki….kahindik-hindik, at isang karumal-dumal na kayabangan! Hindi dahil dasal siya nang dasal o di kaya ay panay ang pagbasa ng Bibliya ay mabuting tao na siya. Paano ang mga walang Bibliya dahil walang pambili? Sila ba, tulad ng mga bakla at tomboy, ay mas masahol din sa hayop dahil walang na-memorize na salita ng Diyos tulad niya?


Paano naging mabuti ang isang tao na nagsasabing inosente siya hangga’t hindi napapatunayan sa korte ang mga kasalanan niya, kahit sa kaibuturan ng kanyang diwa ay alam niyang may kasalanan talaga siya? Ang ganitong pananaw ay nagpapahiwatig ng karumal-dumal na kawalan ng konsiyensiya ng isang tao dahil kahit alam niyang may kasalanan siya pero kaya niyang kumuha ng isang matalino at magaling na mga abogado ay siguradong absuwelto siya.


Kung mananalo si Binay bilang presidente at si Pacquiao ay senador, hindi na mawawalan ng pangungurakot sa gobyerno dahil ang kasalanang ito ay kailangang patunayan PA sa korte, ayon sa kanilang pananaw. Hindi man sila ang gumawa ay gagawin ng iba dahil kaya nilang umupa ng magaling na abogado kahit mahal ang serbisyo. Yan ang sagot sa tanong kung kaylan pa may napatunayang nangurakot na malalaking opisyal sa matataas na puwesto ng gobyerno. Samantala ang mga kaso man lang ng mga kinurakot na pork barrel sa ilalim ng kasalukuyang administrasyon ay wala pa ring linaw hanggang ngayon.


Nakakatakot isipin na nabubuhay tayo ngayon sa panahong naglipana ang mga taong walang konsiyensiya. Silang tingin sa sarili ay maka-Diyos at hindi asal-hayop dahil panay ang basa ng Bibliya, pagdasal, at pag-attend ng prayer meetings, kaya mga “Kristiyano” kuno…ganoong ang nasa isip pala ay inosente sila sa mga kasalanang ginawa dahil hindi napatunayan sa korte!

Fr. Joseph Borreros and his Journey through Life

Fr. Joseph Borreros and his Journey through Life

…from a struggling student assistant

to an Orthodox priest, and educator with Divine guidance

By Apolinario Villalobos


As a youth, he was among the wave of adventurous migrants from Panay Island, particularly, Dao, Capiz who came to Cotabato. He found his place in the Tacurong Pilot School as a Grade Six pupil in 1961. His family lived in the market of the town which that time was just weaned as a barrio of Buluan. He continued his studies at the Magsaysay Memorial Colleges of the same town. In college, he took up a pre-Law course at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City but failed to pursue it when he succumbed to a sickness.


He went back to Tacurong and took up Bachelor of Arts in Notre Dame of Tacurong College. To support his studies, he worked as a janitor and later as Library Assistant in the same school. That was during the directorship of Fr. Robert Sullivan, OMI, a kind Irish priest. After his graduation, he taught at the Notre Dame of Lagao in General Santos, South Cotabato for three years.


In 1973 he got interned at the Marist Novitiate in Tamontaka, Cotabato City, and professed temporarily in 1975 during which he was assigned as a Marist Brother at the Notre Dame of Marbel Boys’ Department (Marbel is now known as Koronadal City). From Marbel, he was sent back to the Notre Dame of Lagao.


In 1976, he left the religious congregation of Marist Brothers, but was taken in by Bishop Reginald Artiss, CP, the bishop of Koronadal, to assist in the establishment of the Christian Formation Center which was located at the back of the cathedral. For two years, he went around the parishes and diocese covered by the authority of Bishop Artiss in training members of the Kriska Alagad, Lay Cooperatos, as well as, in establishing Basic Christian Communities.


As Bishop Artiss perceived his potential as a cleric, he was sent to the Regional Major Seminary of Mindanao in Catalunan Grande, Davao City. Fortunately, due to his extensive and intensive pastoral formation background, he was privileged to skip subjects related to it. After four years of theological studies at the said seminary, he was ordained as a priest on April 1, 1982 by Bishop Guttierez, DD, of Koronadal. His first assignment was the parish of Sta. Cruz , formerly politically under South Cotabato, but today, that of Sarangani Province.


In 1985, he was a “floating” priest, awaiting appointment as Superintendent of Diocesan schools and temporarily established his residency at Our Lady of Parish in Polomolok, South Cotabato with the late Fr. Godofredo Maghanoy. The following year, he was finally designated to the mentioned position which he held for three years.


In 1989, he went on a study leave to take up Masters of Science in Educational Management at the De La Salle University in Manila which he finished in 1991. Two years later, he was about to finish his Doctorate in Religious Education pending the completion of his dissertation under the guidance of Bro. Andrew Gonzalez, FSC, but failed to do so due to an important and life-turning decision….to have a family and develop a Non-Government Organization. Driven by his new-found advocacy in life, he worked as Coordinator of the Community Volunteers’ Program under the Council of People’s Development, a Pastoral NGO of Bishop Labayen for three years in Infanta, Quezon.


From 1995 to 2004, he was with the Philippine Partnership for the Development of Human Resources in Rural Areas (PhilDHRRA) as a Monitoring Officer of the projects in governance. While with the said NGO, he studied Orthodoxy theology on his own, a week after which, he was consecrated by His Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew at the Orthodox Cathedral located at Sucat, Paraἧaque, Metro Manila.


He was inspired to bring along his former 61 parishioners in Maricaban, a depressed area in Pasay City when he presented himself and his family to Fr. Philemon Castro, parish priest of the Annunciation Orthodox Cathedral in Paraἧaque. Like him, he found his former flock to be also journeying spiritually. After several months of catechism, they were accepted to the Orthodox Church. They were further accepted by the former Metropolitan Nikitas Lulias of Hongkong and Southeast Asia.  A little later, Fr. Joseph was ordained to the Minor Orders as “Reader”, for which he started to render regular duty at the Cathedral on Sundays which did not affect his NGO-related activities.


He was asked to leave his NGO responsibilities in 2004, in exchange for which he was sent to Greece to serve as a full worker in the Ministry – live with the monks of the Monastery of St. Nicholas of Barson in Tripoli, southern Greece. Afterwards he was sent back to the Philippines to do catechesis in different mission areas, particularly, in Laguna, Sorsogon and Masbate.


In 2006, he was ordained to the Orthodox priesthood and assigned under the Omophorion of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople which is presently headed by His All Holiness Patriarch Bartholomew, Successor to the Apostolic Throne of St. Andre, the first-called apostle.


In 2009, he did mission work in Lake Sebu, South Cotabato. Until today, he carries the same responsibilities but the area expanded to include SOCSKSARGEN area (South Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos), as well as, Davao del Sur.


To date, he was able to firmly establish three communities, such as: Holy Resurrection Orthodox Community in Lake Sebu; St. Isidore of Chios Orthodox Community in San Guillermo, Hagonoy, Davao del Sur; and Apostles St. Andrew and James Orthodox Community in Kisulan, Kiblawan, Davao del Sur.


Aside from taking care of the Sacramental life of the faithful, his mission work also includes values formation of students. Two particular schools that are benefiting from this are the Marvelous College of Technology, Inc. in Koronadal City, and Pag-asa Wisdom Institute in Bagumbayan, Sultan Kudarat where he also serves as Principal. According to Fr. Joseph, the two institutions are community-centered, privately-owned, mission-oriented and most especially, cater to the less in life but with a strong desire to overcome their socio-economic barriers.


Fr. Joseph and his family live at the Theotokos Orthodox Mission Center in Surallah, and which also serves as the nucleus of his mission works. His life is typically austere as shown by the structure that accommodates his flock during worship days. The same character also defines the rest of the “chapels” throughout the areas that he covers. But since there are other things that his Mission needs, he unabashedly appeals to the “mission-minded souls to help in their capacity, sustain, strengthen, so that it will grow with flourish for the glory of God”.


Fr. Joseph, as an ordained Orthodox priest has been given the name, “Panharios”.


For those who are interested to reach out to Fr. Joseph, his address is at:

Theotokos Orthodox Mission Center

120 Dagohoy St., Zone 5

Surallah, South Cotabato




Cellphone: 09165433001


Ang Bibliya

Ang Bibliya
Ni Apolinario Villalobos

Dahil nadikit sa imahe ng relihiyong Kristiyano ang Bibliya, ang mga hindi naniniwala sa Diyos ay umiiwas dito. Tingin kasi nila dito ay animo nagbabagang kuwadradong bakal na umuusok sa sobrang init. Sa Bibliya nakasaad kung paanong nagsimula ang unang relihiyon ng tao sa disyerto ng Israel. Ganoon pa man, hindi dapat pangilagan ang Bibliya ng isang taong hindi Hudyo o Kristiyano, dahil kinapapalooban din ito ng interesanteng mga kuwento noong unang panahon, kahit pa sabihin ng iba na ang mga ito ay “alamat”. Sa isang banda, dahil sa mga tuluy-tuloy na pananaliksik na naging matagumpay, napatunayang ang mga sinasabing “alamat” ay may katotohanan pala.

Hindi ako pantas pagdating sa Bibliya at pag-aaral nito. Ang binabahagi ko ay batay lamang sa aking mga karanasan sa pagbasa nito at kung paano kong nagawang makakuha ng kasiyahan mula sa mga pahina nito. Ang sikreto ko ay pagturing sa Lumang Tipan na parang “National Geographic Magazine” dahil puno ito ng kasaysayan. Ang Bagong Tipan naman ay itinuturing kong “Reader’s Digest”, dahil sa mga makabago nitong kuwento ng buhay.

May mga kuwento sa mga pahina ng Lumang Tipan na ang pahiwatig ay hawig sa mga pangyayaring may kinalaman sa extra- terrestrial phenomena…pumunta lamang sa mga pahina tungkol kay Ezequiel. May mga pangyayari ding hindi nalalayo sa mga nangyayari sa kasalukuyan sa Gitnang Silangan, kaya parang nagpapatunay na umuulit ang kasaysayan.

Sa Bagong Tipan din nakapaloob ang mga kuwento na hawig sa mga nangyayari sa kasalukuyan tulad ng kaguluhan dahil sa corruption, paglutang ng ilang tao upang labanan ito pati na ang pagka-ipokrito ng ilan na ang turing sa mga sarili ay bukod-tanging mapupunta sa langit dahil literal na sumusunod sila sa “utos” nd Diyos.

Upang hindi umiskiyerda ang isip sa pagbasa ng Bibliya, laktawan ang hindi masyadong maunawaan. Iwasan ding magkaroon ng “missionary complex”, isang ugaling namumuo sa isang nagmamarunong sa mga Salita ng Diyos, kahit lilimang pahina ng Bibliya pa lamang ang nabasa. Buksan din ang isip sa mga diskusyon tungkol sa Bibliya, dahil may kasabihang “two heads are better than one”, eh di, lalo na kung marami ang nagbabahaginan ng kaalaman.

Itanim sa isip ang katotohanang may Diyos kahit hindi Siya nakikita, at siya ang gumawa ng lahat ng bagay sa sanlibutan…at pati na sa sanlibutan. Kahit pa sabihin ng iba na ang mga “extra terrestials” na nakita ng mga tao noong kapanahunan ng Bibliya ang unang mga “misyonaryo”, at inakala nilang Diyos, dapat itanim sa isip na may gumawa pa rin sa mga “extra terrestials” na ito, kaya talagang may Nag-iisang makapangyarihan sa lahat.

Hindi dapat pagtalunan ng mga tao na nagkakaiba ang pananampalataya ang kaalaman nila sa Bibliya. Dapat igalang ang paniniwala sa Diyos na ang batayan ay Bibliya. Kahit pa sabihing nagkakaiba ng bahagya ang iba’t ibang bersiyon ng Bibliya, ang laman ng mga ito ay tungkol pa rin sa Diyos. Upang maiwasan ang pagtatalo tungkol sa kaalaman sa Bibliya, dapat isaisip na lang na ang mga mensahe ng Bibliya ay tungkol sa pagmamahal sa Diyos at kapwa-tao.

Ang Bibliya ay Aklat ng Buhay…Salita ng Diyos, kaya pati ang ibang nilalaman ng Koran ng relihiyong Islam ay galing dito. Ang ibig sabihin, kung ang mga Muslim ay nagbibigay galang sa Bibliya na nagpapahiwatig ng kanilang paniniwala dito, bakit hindi kayang gawin ng mismong mga Kristiyano? At, ang pinakamahalaga ay ang uulitin kong paalala na hindi dapat pagtalunan ang “kaalaman” tungkol sa Bibliya…upang sa ganoong paraan man lang ay mabibigyan ito ng respeto!