A Question on COMELEC’s Credibility

A Question on COMELEC’s Credibility

by Apolinario Villalobos

In the Philippines, it is disheartening to note that offenses are seemed tolerated or allowed to circumvent laws. Also, despite the strong indications of misdeeds, these are let pass due to the absence of laws, but no effort is being made for their formulation.

For instance, the obvious and early campaigning of those who are interested to run during the 2016 election is not considered an offense against electioneering because they have not filed their respective candidacy, yet, and what they are doing is not within the campaign period. How can the Commission on Election be so naïve not to understand what is happening, when even an ordinary Filipino knows that what these people are doing is plain and simple campaigning?

If COMELEC has to maintain its image as “guardian” of honest elections in the country, why can’t it come up with a policy or enhance its already existing ones to put a stop to the mentioned fraudulent practice which is making a fool of the Filipino people? How can COMELEC maintain obsolete rules that tolerate unbecoming practices that smack of deception?

The Filipinos also cannot understand why the COMELEC fail to come up with their judgments against erring overspending candidates immediately after every election when all that its people need to do is tabulate the expenses of candidates to check the total against what is allowed. To say that they are undermanned is foolishness, as this kind of hectic activity is anticipated, hence, budget for such is supposed to be appropriated for contracting auditors which is necessary. What is irritating is that their findings are released as the questioned officials are nearing the end of their term!…or when another election is forthcoming! Worst, COMELEC waits for an interested party to lodge a complaint before conducting an investigation, when it is holding on to the basis for election frauds! If that is the rule, why not change it?

Finally, while the COMELEC as an agency has a mandate, the big question is if the people who are administering it are capable and trustworthy!

Religion and Fraudulence

Religion and Fraudulence
By Apolinario Villalobos

Religion is about the belief in a divine or superhuman power. It is about worship of whoever is believed to be powerful than man. The so-called ministers are supposed to represent such powerful being, on earth. For thousands of years since the first religion was practiced, many branches have been established.

During the Middle Ages, however, the spirituality of its essence has been overcome by selfishness, resulting to bloody skirmishes among groups, and prominently featured during this era was the struggle between the Christian Crusaders and the Islamic advocates. In time, the two major religions suffered from schism resulting to the formation of different sects. Also, the prevailing environment over which doubts hovered led to the founding of other religions by those who claimed to be “enlightened” ones and prophets.

Some religions employ elaborate paganistic ceremonies in their worship, others with songs and dances that induce worshippers to fall into trance, still others, use magic to enthrall worshippers who expect miracles. Some groups make do with heartfelt readings from their Holy Scriptures, that some chant for soulful effect, while others use eloquent and dramatic discourses that drive their listeners to tears.

There is nothing wrong with religion. It is an important spiritual instrument for unity, although, originally intended as a form of worship to pay homage to the Creator or Protector. What spoiled the essence of religion is the fraudulence that man developed to satisfy his selfish motive. It cannot be denied that there are fraudulent priests and ministers who abused their authority.

Some ministers even go to the extent of fooling followers to believe in financial gains if they will just be faithful in paying their tithes on schedule. There is a story about a minister who, in the middle of his oratorics, would tell his mesmerized followers to invert their umbrellas to catch blessings from heaven! There’s another story about the same minister who told his followers to open their windows and doors as soon as they have come home to welcome blessings which they did. Unfortunately for some, however, burglars broke in, instead!

To date, churches are undergoing cleansing by getting rid of unscrupulous ministers and priests. This is some kind of a relief because the world today is beset with political unrests and the people regardless of race are suffering from intermittent onslaught of natural disasters, as well as, prosecution by fellowmen. Expectedly, these disheartened people have nothing else left to cling to as their hope but the One who made everything, because it is only to Him that mankind belongs. Every desperate man who has gone astray, is practically retracing his step back to where he worshipped once. It is a fulfillment of an adage that says, “there is no other hope…but Him”.