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115th Independence Day: are we really free?


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today…” (Deuteronomy 8:18, the Holy Bible).

ARE FILIPINOS REALLY INDEPENDENT NOW? It is funny that even as the Philippines and the Filipino nation were celebrating their 115th year of independence on June 12, 2013, it is undeniable that both the country and its people remained under the tight grip, control, subjugation, and domination of foreigners in almost every aspect of their lives.

Because of that, the question that really dampened the celebrations for 2013 is this: 115 years after our forefathers declared our independence from foreign domination, are we really independent now? We can answer this by simply looking around us.

Who has control of big businesses here in the Philippines? Who has control of the government? Is there a native Filipino who owns department stores, or any airline company, or any other company that deals in hundreds of millions of pesos? How come a great number of our elected officials now only have two or three letters in their names, or are known to be scions and descendants of men and women who came from foreign soils?

FILIPINOS STILL ECONOMICALLY DOWNTRODDEN: Even now, Filipinos are economically downtrodden, as admitted by our own government. According to figures released just the other day by the National Statistics Office, unemployment among Filipinos even increased uncontrollably, at 7.9 percent of the total labor force, this year, despite reports that our economy grew by 7.8 percent.

Filipinos who have jobs dwindled in number, from 37.840 million in April to 37.819 million for the same period last year. From 2.8 million who had no jobs last year, we now have 3.06 million unemployed this year, which figure stands on record as the highest unemployment rate after President Aquino took power in 2010.

And yet, in the face of these grim prospects for Filipino workers, 11 businessmen from the Philippines who either are foreigners who migrated to the country or who descended from foreigners who made the Philippines their second home easily made it to the list of world’s richest, with their individual assets running into billions and billions of dollars, according to a list of world’s richest released by the influential Forbes’ Magazine.

SPIRITUAL DIMENSION TO CONTINUING FOREIGN DOMINATION: Why is this happening? Some will say it is because Filipinos are not business-minded and are generally lazy and lacking in motivation to embark in economic enterprises that will enable them to earn more. Others will claim that foreigners doing business here have a better advantage because it is they who already have the resources to make more money.

And, all of them maybe correct. But in trying to find an explanation for this continuing economic and even political subjugation of Filipinos by foreigners right in our own territory, it would do well for every native Filipino to remember that there is a spiritual dimension to this, that the Bible actually predicted such a foreign domination to happen to any nation that no longer listens to God and no longer obeys His commands.

This spiritual dimension and prediction of continuing foreign domination can be read in Deuteronomy 28:15 and 43-44. Non-believers may say it was just a mere coincidence that the Bible made this prediction and that it is in fact occurring in our country now, but nothing will be lost (and everything to be gained, in fact) if we take heed of what the Bible is saying: listen to, and obey, God’s commands, so we can reverse our sorry fortune.

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