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PostPope Francis Visits Philippines (Bienvenido Macario, USA, 01/18/15 10:08 am)
I didn't originally plan to write about Pope Francis's visit to the Philippines. However, something odd or rather bizarre happened. The first bad omen was the moment His Holiness emerged from the airplane. The wind blew off his zucchetto, the papal skullcap. Aquino III, who wore yellow flag pin instead of the Philippine flag, was of course the first to greet the Pope. He tried to kiss the Pope's ring or his hand but was denied. Yet VP Jejomar Binay was allowed to kiss the Pope's ring. Then while standing at the Tarmac with Aquino III, another wardrobe malfunction happened, when wind blew the Pontiff's cape over his face.
Here's the bizarre part: During the supposed welcome speech and in the presence of Pope Francis, Aquino III criticized the Filipino clergy for their alleged silence while his predecessor Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was abusing her power and position. Yet Aquino III failed to cite specific examples.
I understand that usually before the host gives the welcome speech, he would meet with the visiting foreign dignitary Pope Francis in private. Is this not a standard practice for visiting heads of state?
Had Aquino III, the oligarchs, their families, friends, cronies and politicians established their own country and government in their own ancestral land, whatever they say and do would have been none of my business. But Aquino III with the support of the oligarchs and their political allies insists he is the president of the entire Philippines. He does not represent my people and ancestral land.
Aquino III and his supporters insist he is the president of the entire Philippines. Yet his supposed welcome speech was very disrespectful of the Pope. What do his actions say about all the Filipinos who never questioned his authority and questioned the legitimacy of the 1946 so-called republic of the Philippines? Aquino's supposed victory in the May 2010 election is suspect. His handling of the Typhoon Haiyan relief and reconstruction was a bigger disaster than the typhoon itself.
Luckily I long ago refused to recognize that so-called 1946 republic. This incident with Pope further justifies my quest for a government-in-exile for the Philippines based in London, UK.
At the first chance Pope Francis got, he denounced the "scandalous" corruption in the Philippines: "Everyone, at all levels of society, must reject every form of corruption as it takes resources from the poor. Our great biblical tradition ... bids us to break the bonds of injustice and oppression which give rise to glaring, and scandalous, social inequalities."
JE comments: This is a historic event. Francis's first visit to Asia's largest Catholic nation. This morning's outdoor mass was attended by six million people--a record for any papal mass, ever.