When it is time to stop

    The Philippines is dominantly a Christian country. Most of us believe on the teachings of Jesus Christ and the concept of good and evil. Since birth we are exposed to Christian ways. We go to church, we pray our respective prayers, we revere traditions and customs, we feast for the saints, we observe Lent, we chare gifts during Christmas and we always make a pact with God every New Year.

    Each year is a new hope and a new life. Each year, we make that vow to change and let go of our sins. This is the Christian way. We believe in heaven. We believe in the salvation of the soul. We believe in hell and the judgment in the end of days.

    We are no different from Buddhists or the Hindus because they too have a concept of good and evil, only that they don’t look forward in a literal heaven. There is no hell as well. There is only cleansing, meditation, karma and reincarnation. If you do good karma, you get good karma. If you do bad karma, in the end you will finally reap the same.

    And surprisingly, our Muslim brothers are just like us. They believe that Jesus Christ existed and respect his teachings only they have their own angel and prophet Mohammed or Muhammad. But like Christians, Muslims also believe that to do good is the only way of life.

    And amidst all of these beliefs and religions, we always find someone just next to us doing bad things or sinful things all the time, doing social injustices over and over again without remorse and retribution.

    Now I am thinking out loud. But who among us did not sin? Nobody. Although others, if they sinned, would seek the halls of God to pray for forgiveness and renew his pledge of cleansing.

    But there are those who close their ears from criticisms and put themselves into the comfort of their fellow sinners. Often inside a legislative hall where they are given the best food paid by taxpayers and the best titles they use as badges to do more social injustices.

    Who are they? Ironically, you find them inside the Churches on the front row during Sundays with their family. They are the ones with big and luxurious cars always parked on the best spot in the Church. They are the ones who violate traffic rules but gets way with it because their cars are red plate. And most of the time, they are the ones who have power over the sovereignty. They make the laws of the land and violate them at the same time.

    At times they are the ones who approve unnecessary projects that only benefit their interests and increase their ill-gotten wealth in the banks. And most often than not, they are the ones who assume office in government for two years with only a house and a small business, then comes out as multi-millionaire after his term with two or three more businesses under his name.

    And the funniest and interesting part of this rumination is that these sinners usually brag about their fortunes and properties, including their women whom they treat as one, and walks around the city with several bodyguards while holding a black leather hand bag that probably contains a gun or cash.

    And at the end of the day, these sinners go to their new mansions or get-away houses, comfortably sit tight, holding a bottle of drink and laughing with their compadres and finally sleep very very well in their comfy beds at night.

    Life is good to these sinners when thousands eat only twice a day and couple of hundreds share a P200 earning for a family of six each day.

    I cannot imagine how these sinners would be judged in the end. The chilling truth is the unknown future.

    I think they should know when it is time for them to stop.

    On a different note, I wonder if the P813 million sports complex the Sangguniang Panlungsod recently approved is a good project for the Angelenos? The money could have been used for the reconstruction and improvement of the Pampang Market so as to boost the cash-flow in the local economy, increase agricultural production and strengthen the capability of local entrepreneurs and traders to expand operations at the market.

    But the councilors who approved the project most likely believe that the sports complex should be prioritized so our athletes can have a venue for training. But in terms of return of investments for the city, I doubt if the sports complex can easily earn us pesos in the next five years as compared to what Pampang market can provide.

    What’s the take with the sports complex if it is not that beneficial to the whole community and would only serve a minority sector? I don’t know. But the councilors are surely conscientious enough to study the repercussions of their decision. They would know that we will be paying the interest of the loan they will secure from the banks. They would also know that the sports complex would need an accompanying sports program that would at least justify why we need a gigantic sports facility using P813 million when we could not even pay our garbage fees of P50 million from the Kalangitan landfill.


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