Funny naman that one ang naisip ko, kahit medyo naburat ako nang makita ko ang larawang ito. Hindi funny as in “Pinagtatawanan mo ba ako?” na hirit ni cyberfriend Limpbwizit sa photo of the week (nga ba?) niya–na ang pagkakaintindi ko ay masama ang tingin ng Santo Papa kay Gloria dahil pinagtatawanan siya nito–kundi funny as in nakakatawa kasi kakaiba pero nakakairita kaya sarcastic ang tono ng pagkakatawa. O kaya ‘yung parang sa “Wow, Mali!”–ang mali, nakakatawa. Magulo ba ako? Basta, para kasing mali ‘yung picture eh. Kaya nang i-post ko ito sa Filipino Youth for Peace, ang ginawa kong titulo’y “Ano Ang Mali sa Larawang Ito?” Sa palagay ninyo, ano ang mali?
What Filipinos should be concerned about as Mrs. Arroyo prepares to announce her candidacy in 2004 is how the Philippine head of state tried to portray herself as faithful to the Church while continuing to support the US on Iraq in violation of the very Church doctrines she claims to champion. That means never mind the Catholic Church when its policies conflict with US interests. What matters is the United States and the support it can provide for 2004.
Adherence to Church doctrine is not the fundamental of government policy that Mrs. Arroyo’s emphasis on family planning and abortion, divorce and the death penalty tried to prove. Support for the US is. The Filipino voter would do well to keep that in mind come 2004.
At sabi ni de Quiros:
Macapagal-Arroyo said that the Pope has been a very inspiring presence “in our life, in my personal life and in the life of the nation,” but there is no evidence, earthly or divine, for it. The most inspiring presence in our life, in Ms Macapagal-Arroyo’s personal life, and in the life of the nation in fact is not Pope John Paul II, it is George Bush II. It is not John Paul II that Ms Macapagal-Arroyo takes to be God’s direct representative on earth, it is George Bush II. It is not the Burning Bush that Ms Macapagal-Arroyo takes to be the Mosaic oracle, it is the Torching Bush.