Did Quezon Curse The Philippines?

Maliban sa Buwan Ng Wika ang Agosto, ito rin ang Buwan Ng Kasaysayan Ng Filipinas, alinsunod sa Proklamasyon Blg 339 na nilagdaan noong ika-26 ng Pebrero 2012.

Ina-alala rin natin ang tunay na Unang Pangulo ng Filipinas na si Andres Bonifacio, at ang ibang mga bayani gaya ng GomBurza o mga paring sina Gomez, Burgos, Zamora, at iba pa.

However, for the benefit of Filipino-Americans and other Filipinos who never learned to understand nor speak of Filipino as a language, let us try to continue using the English language.

It was during the time when the Philippines was still a Commonwealth under the presidency of Manuel Luis Molina Quezon when the choice for the Filipinos as to whether be another State of the USA or not was brought to the Philippine politics by a certain Pascual Racuyal in the 1935 elections.

August 21 was also the month when Ninoy Aquino was gunned down in the first political assassination that brought down a regime, the Marcos regime. What is funny is that despite of the wife Cory succeeding as president and his son Benigno the 3rd after more than a decade, both mother and son presidents did not bother to make a deeper investigation as to who really is the mastermind of the assassination. Are they hiding something?

It was also on the same month of August, specifically, August 19 when Freedom Fighter Manuel Quezon was born. The Philippine Commonwealth president who would say, “I’d rather see the Philippines run like hell by Filipinos than run like heaven by Americans.”

Did Quezon without any intention made a curse, a prophesy or was he just only hyperbolical then?      

            By extravagant exaggeration, some would say, we are more being run by other foreigners especially the Mainland China Chinese. Are you not wondering why there are so many mainland Chinese nationals taking up residence all over the Philippines these days? It’s because many of them have been brought here by Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), the online casino industry that may soon overtake the business outsource. “Esquire.ph reveals that social media has seen viral post after viral post criticizing foreign nationals for alleged rude behavior and exclusivity bordering on discrimination. There are reports now of “Chinese-only” restaurants and Chinese signage popping up all over the city.”

            Do I still need to write about Spratly Islands and the Scarborough Shoal at the West Philippine Seas?

            We all know that curse is a calling down of harm upon one, an affliction or causing pain while prophesy is a prediction and hyperbole is a mere exaggerated statement or claims not meant to be taken literally, as define by Google.

            This column would like to believe that the then freedom fighter president only uttered those seemingly prophetic and cursing words out of anger and desperation in his sincere quest for Philippine independence from the Americans. President Manuel Luis Molina Quezon then was just hyperbolic.

            Matthew 12:36-37 with Jesus speaking, says, “But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgement for “every careless word” they have spoken. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

            There may be a big different situation in the time of Quezon and today. The purchasing power of the Philippine peso then was (P1) one to ($1) one to the US Dollar which is very far compared today which is One US dollar to Ph50.

            This writing is not to judge MLQ for Christ Jesus says in Matthew 7:1, “Do not judge or you too will be judge.” But we must not just accept MLQ’s statement, instead, as Christians, we need to rebuke it. Rebuke not because we want our beloved Philippines be run by Americans or foreigners but rebuke for we all desire and pray that the pearl of the orient Philippines will be run and governed  not just by Filipinos but by God fearing leaders who know where wisdom comes from because they have the fear of the Lord. (Psalm 111:10).

            “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders’ labor in vain” (Psalm 127:1). The only way to end up with a country or a house that reflects God as the architect is to build according to God’s plan and that is through the Word of God.

In contrary, MLQ was the first to do an act that solicited first God’s blessing to the Philippines. It was him who as president allowed the coming over to the country of 1,200 Jewish refugees for sheltering. They escape from the holocaust committed by Nazi Germany during the WW11 that saw the murder of six million Jews. Genesis 12:3, “I will bless those who bless you and i will curse those who curse you.”


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Ricardo V. Avelino


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