In a commentary article written by Ricardo Saludo in Manila Times, he detailed if President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs part of God’s plan.

Here are the thoughts of Mr. Saludo that he pointed out on his column.

Does God have a plan for President Duterte?

Many would believe so, especially his staunch supporters, but according to Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Socrates Villegas, there is nothing divine in the spate of drug-related killings since Duterte won the presidency.

In reference to the Bible, Emperor Nebuchadnezzar took captive the kingdom of Israel in Babylon, a long 40 years of exile through which God punished His Chosen People for their wrongdoings.

In 1917, Our Lady of Fatima expressed warnings of severe chastisements unless Russia was consecrated to her Immaculate Heart, which included a conflict that would be more devastating than the First World War that was ongoing then. And true enough, two decades later, the Second World War happened and engulfed humanity, which was spearheaded by the genocidal Adolf Hitler.

Is Duterte’s war on drugs a divine intervention?
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And yet, heaven allowed some of the evil people of the Roman Empire to torture and kill not only Christians but Christ Himself. Those evil acts, on the other hand, strengthened and propagated the Church in its infancy and also saved the humankind with the sacrifice of Jesus on the Cross.

With this, a question comes in mind: what could possibly be God’s plan for President Duterte who said in his SONA: “While I am a stickler for the principle of separation between Church and State, I believe quite strongly that there should never be a separation between God and State?”

While it is difficult to assume divine forces being at work here, saving the Philippines from graver conditions is not so far from His plans since His mercy and love for Asia’s only Christian nation, consecrated to His Immaculate Mother’s Heart in 2013, is within His divine mercy. 

Why would God be so angry that he would allow such a merciless leader to be appointed to the highest position in the land, only to wage a war against those who oppose the law and disregard the lives of innocents?

There are three threats that could endanger both the State and the Church and the President has the power to deal with them.

One would be the expulsion of crime and drugs under the previous administration of Aquino. Since 2010, crime tripled grew to more than 1 million incidents a year starting 2013. There were possibly 1.6 million crimes last year, basing on the 50 percent surge in the first semester.

Based on the government’s Philippines In Figures 2015 yearbook (with reports 2014 data), there were about 10,000 murders a year, 12,000 cases of rape, 60,000 robberies, 170,000 thefts, and 250,000 assaults. 
The second threat would be the escalation of terrorist and rebel violence which includes atrocities by extremists imitating the “Islamic State”.

The peace agreement between Aquino and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front contained certain provisions that could entrench terrorists in the MILF-dominated Bangsamoro region. Last year’s incident that killed 44 police commandos in Mamasapano ruined the law and now the President must re-negotiate to put an end or at least block extremism.

Lastly, the third danger is the potential conflict with China, especially with the nuclear-capable American forces tha has access to five bases in the country, grounded on the 2014 Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement affirmed by the Supreme Court.

If ever China and US would wage a war against each other, there would likely be attacks even in our country especially that there are bases in Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Cagayan de Oro, Pampanga and Nueva Ecija.

These dangers of crime and drugs, terrorism, and war could endanger and be truly devastating to the people and the Church. And with the eruption of ruthless violence and moral corruption, many sould give gravely sin and would be sent to the Maker without a chance of repentance.

However, the Blessed Mother is working on the protection of the country, being its patroness and all, and especially that the Catholic bishops consecrated the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in June 2013.

Since the consecration, there have been events that transpired to resolve those threats—which emerged under the previous administration. The following month after the consecration, the pork barrel scandal came into light, and as well as the Metro Rail Transit scam. The illegal Disbursement Acceleration Program or DAP made the headlines in August. 

The month after that, there was the Zamboanga siege in Septemeber, the Bohol earthquake in October, then the Supertyphoon Hainan in Novermber. All these events exposed the shortcomings of the Aquino administration. By the end of the year, the High Court officially declared the pork barrel as unconstitutional.

However, 2014 seemed like a good year for Aquino, with the Bangsamoro pact and the EDCA finally signed. However, his re-election moves failed and the Supreme Court also voided the DAP.

His ratings suffered immensely in January 2015 due to the Mamasapano massacre but he recorevered a year later. However, it didn’t help his chosen successor, Mar Roxas.

Now, that the Liberal Party is out, the new administration is now threatening the crooks who have been flourished under Aquino’s administration, although the process tremendously violates the Fifth Commandment.

Currently, Duterte is renegotiating peace with Muslim Rebels without constitutional infirmities. He is also reaching out to the communists. Recently, he sent former President Fidel Ramos to ease the conflict with China.

So if all this is part of God’s great plan, despite the violation of his law, it wouldn’t be His first time to intervene for salvation.

30 years ago, the Philippine Church declared the year 1985 as a Marian Year. The Philippines was the only national congregation to do so, following the call of Pope Saint John Paul II. At the end of the year, the president then who was Ferdinand Marcos called for a snap elections. However, his cruel and corrupt dictatorship ended in a, perhaps you’d call it miraculous, bloodless uprising two months later.

Hopefully, the consecration of our country to the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Mother also put an end to the danger of crime, drugs, violence, and war that our country is currently suffering from. Amen. ASCS

Source: Manila Times

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