Jay Sonza Shares Diego Cagahastian's Statement on Why Pres. Duterte Was Vilified for Sheer Honesty Against the Church

Veteran journalist and prominent social media personality Jay Sonza shared the statement of former Manila Bulletin editor Mr. Diego Cagahastian and explained the reasons why Pres. Rody Duterte was vilified because of his sheer honesty.


According to Mr. Diego Cagahastian many netizens whose preoccupation is to nitpick on Pres. Duterte have descended in droves, upping the ante and exponeentially increasing the degree of diatribes and vitriols to defend their god, which the President had just blashphemed twice, calling the imaginary bearded man in the sky as "torpe" in a speech in Seoul on June 3, and as "stupid" in another in Davao, on June 22.

Pres. Duterte met with equally hellish vilification because of his musings on ancient theological questions which were done in public and at a time when we had been criticizing the Catholic church in the Philippines on various issues, many Filipinos are at once agitated and outraged.



The former Manila Bulletin explained that the reasons why Pres. Duterte made such statement was due to the fact that he just showed his intellectual honesty and forthrightness, setting the tone on how freedom of speech and expression should be observed under the Constitution.

Here's the Complete Statement of Jay Sonza:

DIGONG VILLIFIED FOR SHEER HONESTY

AS EXPECTED, many netizens whose preoccupation is to nitpick on President Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte have descended in droves, upping the ante and exponentially increasing the degree of diatribes and vitriols to defend their god, which the President had just blasphemed twice, calling the imaginary bearded man in the sky as "torpe" in a speech in Seoul on June 3, and as "stupid" in another in Davao, on June 22.

We understand that in this country where 85 percent are Christians of various denominations, mostly Catholic, such comments, coming as it is from the President who won overwhelming in the elections, would be met with equally hellish vilification.



Because Duterte's musings on ancient theological questions were done in public and at a time when he had been criticizing the Catholic church in the Philippines on various issues, many Filipinos are at once agitated and outraged, deciding that the President has crossed the line. Imagine Digong questioning not just the clergy, the Pope, but the Christian god himself, and even the revered story of creation in the Bible. This is unthinkable to most Filipinos, whose Catholic faith has been an essential part of their culture and tradition. 

The people remember how previous Presidents -- from Aguinaldo to Aquino, including the irreverent and not-so-religious Joseph Estrada -- had to kowtow to the religious community to get their votes and their favor. The list is long -- Catholic cardinals and bishops, Iglesia ni Kristo, imams and mullahs and other Muslim leaders, Chinese Buddhists, Velarde, Villanueva, Soriano, Quiboloy, and others. And now here's Duterte who, with all honesty, is saying that he just believes in a "universal mind" and not in the Christian god with his holy book that peddles an "incredulous" version of creation, calling both the god of the Old Testament and his book as "stupid."

With Digong putting the conversation on a higher level of epistemology, which we are sure the cardinals and the bishops, let alone Tatad, Quiboloy, Villanueva, Soriano, and Manalo are very prepared to engage in, the President just showed his intellectual honesty and forthrightness, setting the tone on how freedom of speech and expression should be observed under the Constitution. 



We do not say that Duterte is correct in his perorations on the Bible, but his position is well within the constitutional freedoms of religion and free speech, and if he offended some people's sensibilities, that too is allowed under the law, for freedom of speech includes the right to offend the feelings of those who do not believe in what you say.

In choosing not to be servile to the religious bullies who had hundred of thousands of votes in their command, and saying honestly what's on his mind, Duterte approximates the greatness of many American Founding Fathers like Thomas Jefferson, Thomas Payne and John Adams, who all shared his position on these basic questions.

+ Thank you my friend and golfmate Mr. Diego Cagahastian, retired editor of Manila Bulletin for this piece.

Source: Jay Sonza FB Page
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