The Answer To ~ A Question For the United Church Of Christ In the Philippines

Elmer M. Bolocon, Executive Secretary, EBF and a bishop emeritus of the UCCP answered my questions found in

A Question For The United Church Of Christ In the Philippines ~ Since When Have Child Molestation Rape And Murder Become Petty Crimes?

I hope you will read his answer. Not only does he with honesty, courage and integrity explain things he also with gentleness and firmness explains where my post was in error. I thank him for both actions.  Here in it’s entirety is his response.

Dear Old Man,

Your comment is well taken.Thank you.

I’m sorry, I take full responsibility for this grave error. I drafted the statement which originally carried only petty crimes.

But I received feedbacks that there are other crimes that also continue to remain unaddressed which are not included in my list. I added them to the list but failed to edit the the categorization “petty.”

By the way, please be informed that membership in the Ecumenical Bishops Forum is on individual basis, not institutional. The United Church of Christ is not a member, nor are the other churches such as the Roman Catholic Church, the United Methodist Church, the Iglesia Filipina Independiente, etc. The individual members don’t bring with them their institutions.

I was one of the signatories and identified myself as UCCP because I am a bishop emeritus of the UCCP; I carry my identity as UCCP member. If this statement was officially adopted by the UCCP, the UCCP General Secretary should have been the signatory.

I will be very careful next time around.

Again, thank you for pointing this matter out.

God bless you.

Sincerely yours,

Elmer M. Bolocon
Executive Secretary, EBF

Thank you Bishop Emeritus Bolocon for taking the time to honestly answer my questions. I am sure your reply will heal the pain and anger the mistake must have caused.

Sincerely,

The Old Man

 

A Question For The United Church Of Christ In the Philippines ~ Since When have Child Molestation Rape and Murder Become Petty Crimes?

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Did the UCCP really help to write and then sign this statement?

The UCCP as a member of the Ecumenical Bishops Forum helped to write and then signed a statement addressing the war on drugs and criminality in the Philippines.

As a guest in the Philippines it is not my place to voice an opinion on this war.

However as a retired lay pastor in the UCCP it is not only my right but my duty to question the UCCP’s understanding on what constitutes ‘petty crime’. According to the following quote from the statement rape, child molestation, purse snatching and murder are all petty crimes.

The PNP chief, Police General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, claims that crime have gone down, indicating that most crime are drug related. Thus the war on drugs is also a war against criminality.

This may be true as far petty crime such as bag-snatching, child molestation, rape, rape with homicide and murder, “akyat bahay” theft, hold-ups and the likes are concerned. Big crimes such as bank robberies, pyramiding scam, illegal recruitment, cyber-crimes, break-in in malls and the likes continue unabated.

I have two simple questions. (1) is this an accurate quote from the statement the UCCP helped to write and then signed? (2) If the answer to question 1 is ‘yes’ how can you possibly call yourselves followers of Jesus and the UCCP one of his churches?

I await your answers.

J. Brian Waddington

The following is the statement as reported by ‘Samar News.Com

Statement on the President’s campaign versus illegal drugs, criminality and corruption

By Ecumenical Bishops Forum
August 22, 2016

We laud President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on his serious campaign versus illegal drugs, criminality and corruption, his election campaign promise which he will do in three to six month-time of his term. The promise is getting fulfilled.

Even before President Rody formally assumed office, the Philippine National Police (PNP) has started rounding up known illegal drug users and pushers in Metro Manila. Today, more than one month after the President’s inauguration on June 30, hundreds had been killed, hundreds more were arrested and jailed, and thousands voluntarily surrendered. All of them are said to be small time users and pushers, and, as human rights advocates say, are poor people.

However, on July 5, the President unexpectedly named five former and incumbent police generals who are illegal drug protectors. This was followed by an announcement on August 7 of 159 local government officials (mayors, former mayors, and former vice mayors) incumbent and former police and military officers, and incumbent and former judges who are linked to illegal drugs trade. He claims more names will follow.

The big time drug lords, the President says, are in other countries like China and Mexico from where they direct their operations, and it is difficult if not impossible to run after them.

The PNP chief, Police General Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, claims that crime have gone down, indicating that most crime are drug related. Thus the war on drugs is also a war against criminality.

This may be true as far petty crime such as bag-snatching, child molestation, rape, rape with homicide and murder, “akyat bahay” theft, hold-ups and the likes are concerned. Big crimes such as bank robberies, pyramiding scam, illegal recruitment, cyber-crimes, break-in in malls and the likes continue unabated.

Steps in curbing corruption in government have been started. Among the measures are the signing of the Executive Order on Freedom of Information which covers the executive department and the order to shorten the processing of applications in government offices. More serious and lasting measures still have to be done.

Given the number of days in office of the new administration, its campaign against illegal drugs, criminality and corruption may be considered a success thus far. We congratulate the President for this, and pledge our support for his sincere efforts to address the present situation.

While we believe and support President Duterte’s war on drugs, there is a need for deeper analysis why the drug problem is thriving and who benefit from this. There is also need for the present administration to examine the correctness of its approach in eliminating this menace. The extra-judicial killings that are happening, we believe, won’t solve that problem but exacerbate it as most of those killed are small time and poor people. The suspected five police generals and government officials seem to be getting a special privilege; they remain very much alive.

We wish to caution the President, then, to respect the human rights of the people. Life which came from the Creator is precious; it has to be preserved as much as possible. The campaign can continue without violating people’s rights and keeping all actions within the parameters of the law.

We bid the President success in his drug campaign in particular, and in his administration in general. His success is the Filipino people’s success.

Issued and signed this 22nd day of August, 2016:

Very truly yours in Christ,

BISHOP ELMER M. BOLOCON, UCCP

Executive Secretary

MOST REV. DEOGRACIAS S. IÑIGUEZ, JR., D.D.

Co-chairperson

BISHOP FELIXBERTO L. CALANG, IFI

Co-chairperson

In Life & Photography Being Guided By Wisdom Is A Good Plan

Knowledge is not Wisdom.

Wisdom is knowing how to create life and love from the knowledge you have gathered.

Because I have been taught by some who have wisdom my life and my photography have improved  over the years.

The Old Man