Shutting the Mouth: Let us Pray for Peace
The series of events and killings happening in the Philippines awakened my concern, the latest of which is the killing of surrenderee Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. inside the Baybay, Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail.
Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa killed in ‘firefight’ inside jail
Albuera, Leyte Mayor Rolando Espinosa Sr. was killed in a “firefight” after allegedly resisting arrest at the Baybay, Leyte Sub-Provincial Jail, early Saturday morning.
A firefight between Espinosa and Raul Yap and the operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Northern Leyte (CIDG8) resulted in the deaths of the two detainees, a police incident report said.
Citizens had been warned of the extent and depth of the corruption networks involved in illegal drugs in our country. Some believe that a prime witness like Espinosa ought to have been put under SAF custody in Camp Sto. Domingo, or even under the Marines in a Marine camp.
Considering the time 4AM, not so many are awake to lend a helping hand. The report of what happened is incredible!
It is expected that the culprits will work as hard as possible to cover up the murder of these two helpless men in prison! I say "helpless" because they were behind bars, without any weapon.
But there are inevitable possibilities. They may have been silenced by whoever had interest in their testimonies about the things they know of the drug trade wherein they were involved.
To judge that it is the government that planned the "extra judicial killing," doesn't merit logical reasoning. Again, EJK is normally attributed against operatives of the government under a blanket command to purge.
Who will benefit if Espinosa’s mouth is shut forever? The people in his blue book? Among the two groups of Police Force, who are to take the blame? The CIDG serving the search warrant? The Warden and his guards?
Some policemen who according to the President are also in the long list of drug personalities can be used as instruments of some unseen power. These are possibilities. But let us wait for evidence to come in.
What has happened has happened. No human can bring back the lives of these people who cannot be called victims; nor can they be called innocents. We have to wait and see. (Can this be called crime? Can this be called justice?)
Christians may be dwellers in a country of injustice, and corrupt government like in Rome, but there is a way to live in peace. Let us pray!
I TIMOTHY 2:1-2
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men;
2 For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
In Rome, it was emphasized by Paul to Christians living there to be subject to authorities.
THE ROMANS 13:1-3
1 Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God.
2 Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation.
3 For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same:
With corruption in the Romans' system of government, what is normal is that authorities are not "terrors to good works, but to the evil." So we have to pray for authorities to be more leaning on the side of what is good and not evil.
Let us pray unceasingly.
I THESSALONIANS 5:17
Pray without ceasing.
With us, we are facing difficult situations in our country. May the love of country and patriotism rise up in us. We need to pray for the Philippines as we need the Lord's wisdom and blessing. In the past, we have faced many difficult times. It is prayer that will see us through. Let us invite the intervention of the Almighty for our beloved country.
Let us pray.