What is a fanatic?

A person filled with excessive and single-minded zeal, especially for an extreme religious or political cause: RELIGIOUS FANATICS” – Oxford online dictionary

Many religious people attack Duterte for being morally inept to lead the country. I cannot blame them the person is not a holy man and he knows he’s not. So does the rest of us.

Different religious groups from different sects came up with their “unofficial” checklist for president. The funny thing is, they tend to measure the capability of a candidate to lead this country against their own religious belief or preference and made these as a criteria in choosing the next president. Criteria that focused heavily on the religious stand of the candidates, which in my own humble opinion defeats the purpose of what the constitution mandates him/her to do. To remind everyone, we are looking for president who is most fit to lead this country not a saint.

politics-and-religionFor me it’s really silly to have a voter’s checklist that looks like a criteria for a sainthood (exaggeration intended) rather than coming up with something that would help me choose the “right” president. You can argue all you want, I don’t care. All I care is to have a president who can resolve the problems of crime, corruption, illegal drugs. A president who respects the right of the people, a president who values the life of innocent rather than the criminals. A president who can deliver justice and peace to this ailing country.

I believe that it is the duty of the government (or president in this case) to implement/enforce the law – that includes the duty to protect the life of the innocent against unlawful elements, to uphold the right of the people to live peacefully. If the president is only upholding/implementing the law to protect its constituents, to bring peace to his country, is he committing a crime?

I remember what Paul writes to the Romans  “Everyone must submit to governing authorities. For all authority comes from God, and those in positions of authority have been placed there by God.” 

Takot ba ang mga kriminal kay Duterte, ang mga masasaming loob, ang mga kidnappers, rapists, magnanakaw, drug lords and drug dealers? Ang mga taga Davao ginagalang ba sya, sinusunod ba ang mga batas na pinatutupad nya? Ang sagot po jan ay malaking “OO”.

E ang mga matitinong tao ba sa Davao City takot sa kanya? Ang mga sumusunod sa batas takot ba sa kanya? Of course not.

Kaya nga ang sabi ni Paul “For the authorities do not strike fear in people who are doing right, but in those who are doing wrong.They are God’s servants, sent for the very purpose of punishing those who do what is wrong. So you must submit to them, not only to avoid punishment, but also to keep a clear conscience.” Romans 13:4-7

So Paul says that we must submit to authorities to avoid punishment. This implies that Paul recognizes the authority of government to punish those who violate the law. And for information, Roman Law sanctioned death penalty as of Paul’s writing. Did Paul make exemptions? No. Please spare me with your death penalty issues.

Peter was even more precise on the authority of the government to implement punishments to outlaws.

13 For the sake of the Lord, accept the authority of every human institution: the emperor, as the supreme authority,

14 and the governors as commissioned by him to punish criminals and praise those who do good. – 1 Peter 2:13-14

Ano ang punto ko?
It is the right of each person to live peacefully, to be free from any forms of oppression, etc, etc. It is the duty of the government to safeguard these rights and this will only be possible if government is able to dispense justice to all. Justice means punishing the evildoers and rewarding the good.