“ I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully and conscientiously fulfill my duties as President of the Philippines, preserve and defend its Constitution, execute its laws, do justice to every man, and consecrate myself to the service of the Nation. So help me God”
An oath is a formal vow, an official pledge. It is a solemn declaration, a somber affirmation. The nature and import of a oath even acquires not merely a spiritual content but also a supernal context when the name of God Himself is deliberately and solemnly therein invoked. It would be truly hard to fathom the profundity of the ethical iniquity and the intensity of the moral depravity when an oath bearing such distinct attributions is not simply left unfulfilled but exactly the opposite is in fact done – not once or twice but practically always, not merely in terms of small misdeeds but in form downright customary evil with seriously adverse national impact and accompanied even by embarrassing continental notice.
Unless the above cited “Oath” were flagrantly misunderstood, woefully forgotten or would be substantially changed in text and spirit, then the past, present and future Presidents of this Country better knew or know what the sacred vow they took meant or will take mean – under repugnant and abominable consequences here and now, as well as hereafter and beyond - - in the event that did or do exactly the opposite. Such would not only be a betrayal of the national but also nothing less than an veritable blasphemy against Divinity! The key constituent elements of the above cited solemn vow are the following:
“Executive its laws”: This means the rule of law in the Country, the triumph of truth and the reign of peace. If the Philippines is precisely now in the claws of the powerful and the wealthy, if only little people are the ones usually found in jail even but for minor misdeeds, the basic reason is the nonchalant violation of the laws of the Country.
“Justice to every man”: This brings about social peace and harmony, national unity and contentment. It justice were done to every Filipino, and then the Philippines will not be only the land of promise but also the seat of progress and development. Selective justice is precisely what makes this Country undeveloped, bring the people down to its knees in misery.
“Service to the nation”: This is the same as saying that public office is for public service, that political leaders are for the good of the Country - - not for their own advantage, for the security of their families, for the benefit of their allies. The naked truth is that Philippines politics proves to be the most lucrative business in the Country.
So help us, God!
10 MAY 2010