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Monday, July 2, 2018



UP grad writes open letter to fellow DDS



A Duterte supporter who graduated from the University of the Philippines, Marvin Isidore Macatol, posted on Facebook an open letter addressed to fellow Duterte supporters.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Presidential Photo

In his post, Macatol told these Duterte supporters that when dealing with the issue of President Rodrigo Duterte and his tirades against the Church, they should be careful because there are also a lot of Catholics who are Duterte supporters as well.

Macatol said that perspective and context are necessary things that should be kept in mind when dealing with the words from the Bible. According to him, the Bible was written at a different time period, with a different way of living, etc. Therefore, a literal interpretation of it using today’s context is sure to put the words into a different light.

He continued on to say that the hurt feeling of the Catholics over Duterte’s words, some of which are his supporters, is valid since these are things that they care deeply about and believe in.
Marvin Isidore Macatol / Photo from Facebook

The issue was blown out of proportion, and what is worse, according to Macatol, is that other people from other religion, or even those with none, also added in the problem.

He posed the question: “is it not possible for Catholics to be Duterte supporters? And if you are a Duterte supporter, should you leave your Catholic faith?

He added that most Duterte supporters, when faced with tough issues against the president, tend to say harsh words, even harsher than Duterte himself. Macatol said that amidst all these arguments, he hopes that people will not lose respect of each other.

The bulk of his open letter, however, is dedicated to discuss the many insults hurled against the Catholic church and the people within it. Macatol said that he felt deeply offended by the insults that are released.
President Rodrigo Duterte / Photo credit to Inquirer

Defending his being a catholic, he said that not all of Catholics are doing bad things as what is being told against them. He adds that there are a lot of Catholics who do good. He said that there are also Catholics who do not like the way things are ran, and who also condemn bad acts of its members and leaders.

All Macatol asks is that these people who like to hurl insults at the church should not generalize everyone inside. More than that, he asks hardcore Duterte supporters to stop attacking the Catholic faith. Afterall, he says, we all want one thing and in order to achieve that there must be respect.

Read his full post here:

"Dear Beloved DDS,

May mga totoong Katoliko po sa hanay nyo, pasintabi lang.

In the middle of all your tirades against what the Catholic Church teaches, you may find it surprising that the Catholic Church itself does not endorse a literal interpretation of the Bible. We should look at the language of the people at the time it was written and get the meaning from there, not according to how we understand the text now based on our modern culture and language.

Duterte interpreted the story literally and his interpretation sounded offensive to the sensibilities of Catholics, including those who support him.

Tapos sasakyan ngayon ng iba na galit din sa Katoliko - mga ibang religion, mga born again, mga di naniniwala sa Panginoon, at mga mismo Katoliko na handa nang lumipat sa Iglesia ni Rodrigo.

So, paano to? Labo labo na tayo? Relihiyon na lang pag-aawayan natin. Kapag Katoliko ka, di ka na puwede sa hanay ng mga taga-suporta ni Duterte? Kapag Duterte supporter ka, dapat iwanan mo na pagiging Katoliko mo. Ganyan ba?

Wag naman ganon. Mas masakit pa magsalita ang ibang DDS kaysa Duterte mismo. Alam kong mga assholes tayo lahat. Pero wag mawala respeto.

Yong awakening na sinisigaw natin, isn't that already happening? Saan galing ang bumoto at sumusuporta kay Duterte? Saan galing ang 90% na pinagyayabang natin. Nagsisilbi ako sa Simbahan at kilala ko mga kasama ko. Karamihan (di syempre lahat) sumusuporta kay Duterte KAHIT alam namin na kontra ang ibang Obispo at pari (di lahat) sa kanya.

Kaya, tigilan ang mga linyang nakagapos ang mga Pilipino sa "Simbahan" kasi para mo na ring sinasabi na ang mga nagsisimba ay walang sariling pag-iisip bilang Pilipino. Nai-insulto ako kasi ang bagay na sinisigaw nyo ay ginagawa na naming nasa loob. Kung hindi, baka iba na ang nanalo.

At sasabihin ko na rin ngayon, kami mismong nagsisilbi ay namomroblema na rin sa mga nagsasabing "Sarado Katoliko" sila. Di na nag-iisip. Di na nagtatanong. Di na nag-uusisa. Pero hindi na kasindami dati... at mismo kaming nasa loob ang na-eeskandalo Kung may politikong nagsisiga-sigahan sa Simbahan. May mga pagbabago sa loob. Pero wag sana kayong umasta na utang namin sa inyo ito.

Give the Church goers the credit they deserve as citizens at tigilian nyo ang paghambalos sa Ebanghelyo na pinaniniwalaan namin. Kung galit kayo sa ibang Obispo at pari tungkol sa usaping political, punahin nyo. Wag nyo idamay buong Simbahan at lalong wag nyong idamay ang Ebanghelyo. Ibang usapan yan. Nakakasakit kayo.

Kung gusto nyo na patuloy tayo magkakaisa, respeto lang ang kelangan"