A Prayer for Duterte

While we ask the government for redress of our grievances, we the people (including Church leaders) must not join the partisanship of those whose obvious aim is to topple either the elected leadership or the government, and replace it with their own beast they can control. When I chose to support President Duterte, who came to power not by a people power revolution, nor by ousting an incumbent leader (or trying a coup like you know who), I began to realize that people must work with their leaders, desiring not their downfall but their success (yes, even if you dislike them). There are many occasions that our voices will not be heard, our problems unresolved, but the law provides for the only peaceful means to change our leaders, which is through election (also through impeachment and maybe, through “prayer”). That’s why it’s very important that we take our right of suffrage seriously. Don’t sell it–it’s priceless! The way democracy works isn’t perfect like Duterte, but no, not true at all that we are led by a tyrant (c’mon, you can still rally and shout insults; as US Sen. Gardner said, “This is not North Korea”), and like many ordinary Filipinos, as misinformed as we are to you, other worlds come to mind and I’m not convinced of a better alternative. At least in this realm, it is not a crime to fancy about higher beings and pray. Always pray and do not lose heart (Luke 18:1). Pray for the President. Pray for the nation.