the only hope for the Philippines

by Father James Reuter, S.J.

By her own admission, GMA (Gloria Macapagal Arroyo) rightfully assessed
that over the last decades; our republic has become one of the weakest,
steadily left behind by its more progressive neighbors.' Forty years ago,
we wereonly second to Japan in economic stature, and way ahead of
Singapore , Hong
Kong , Malaysia , and Thailand . Today, at our present growth rate, it
willtake us 30 years to get to where Thailand is.

1. A population of 160 Million;

2. Of those, 70 to 90 million (equivalent to our current population) will
live below the poverty line;

3. Our national debt is estimated to be at US$200B (compared to US$28B
when Marcos fled, and US$53B today);

4. We will be competing, not against Thailand or even Vietnam , but
against Bangladesh ;

5. We will be the most corrupt nation in Asia , if not in the world (we're
already ranked 11th most corrupt nation by Transparency International) .

The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path
ofeconomic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort.
We'veseen many men and women of integrity in and out of government, NGOs,
churchgroups & people's organization devote themselves to the task
ofnation-building, often times against insurmountable odds.

But not even two people's revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made
adent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step forward,
butthree steps backward.

We need a force far greater than our collective efforts, as a people,
canever hope to muster. It is time to move the battle to the spiritual
realm.It's time to claim GOD's promise of healing of the land for His
people. It'stime to gather GOD's people on its knees to pray for the
economic recoveryand moral reformation of our nation.

Is prayer really the answer? Before you dismiss this as just
anotherrambling of a religious fanatic, I'd like you to consider some
lessons wecan glean from history.

England 's ascendancy to world power was preceded by the Reformation,
aspiritual revival fueled by intense prayers.

The early American settlers built the foundation that would make it the
mostpowerful nation today - a strong faith in GOD and a disciplined prayer
life.Throughout its history, and especially at its major turning points,
waves of revival and prayer movement swept across the land.

In recent times, we see Korea as a nation experiencing revival and in
theprocess producing the largest Christian church in the world today, led
byRev. Paul Yongi Cho. No wonder it has emerged as a strong nation when
othereconomies around it are faltering.

Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For
herethere is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral
reformationnecessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to general
prosperity.YES, we believe prayer can make a difference. It's our only

Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over
theworld to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral
reformationof our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask for 5
minutes of yourtime in a day, to fwd this email to your close friends and

This is the kind of unity which can make a big difference. Of course, if
youfeel strongly, as I do, about the power of prayer, you can be more
involvedby starting your own prayer group or prayer center.

We have tried people power twice; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe
it'stime to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope? YES! We can
relyon God's promise, but we have to do our part. If we humble ourselves
andpray as a people, GOD will heal our land. By GOD's grace, we may yet
see abetter future for our children.

'If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and
pray,and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear
fromHeaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land.'(2
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12 thoughts on “the only hope for the Philippines

  1. because of these facts, do i need to barge the former presidents cory aquino to erap estrada for the country’s debts? surely they had attributed to that staggering amount which my mind can’t even fathom. anyway, i’ll do my best to be a good citizen of this country. the philippines is not hopeless yet. i’m quite optimistic about our country.

  2. naku i agree with you. if the governemnt cant do something then WE should do something.

  3. Mer Pints

    What we need is a total change from leadership to system of governance. We also need change of values, rebirth of the spirit, and develop a cohesive population that work together to bring about social change, economic growth, and politically stable nation.
    Change must be ushered in to the psyche of the Filipino, intrinsically and extrinsically driven. People serve because of the inner reward not just material. And in so doing, we also reap lasting economic benefits for all.

  4. paano nga kaya ano mer? we need a long term solution. ngayon kasi puro short term lang ang gingawa ng gobyerno.

    yun bang pang pampapogi points lang lagi sa tao…kung kailan lang may problema saka lang sosolusyunan. di dapat ganun. dapat ang solusyon na ginagwa ng gobyerno ay pang matagalan.

  5. ang ganda ng achievements ni GMA. hahaha.

    what we need is a leader who has a fear from the Lord for if he/she does have it then i think everything will be organized. take a look for example korea. because almost 90% of them are christians, they are blessed by the Lord and now has risen up from their political and economical downfall as before.

  6. ay naku kuya, agree ako jan. kelngan tlg natin ng leader na may takot sa dyos.


  7. cocoy826

    Are we Filipinos worth dying for?
    When we speak of great souls or great leaders, surely everyone will raise eye brow as real leaders are becoming gradually rare. But, one name shines like eternal glittering star in the sky in the Pearl of the Orient as the rooster crow to give the signal of dawn, and that is late Ninoy the spark plug of EDSA.

    The slay of the late Ninoy is considered as the turning point in the hard-fought battle of Filipino leaders like him to regain our country’s democracy from the shackles of two decade-long of martial rule imposed by the late Ilocano Apo Lakay. But ,his sacrifice to restore our country’s democratic institutions seemed to have been only the dream of Filipinos are worth dying for. Our country still suffers from grave social disparities and the increasingly opportunistic behavior of its political-economic elite.

    Gloria’s immensely corrupt regime has destroyed a once democratic loving people country, leaving behind only the stench of decay.Right from her inauguration address as the president of our country, she has consistently pledged amongst many others to run a government , But as her regime’s days roll by and things unfold it is becoming obvious that those pledges were made merely to deceive Filipinos into accepting her, a woman who was fraudulently rigged into the highest office in the country by the worst President Philippines ever had.

  8. wow bigat naman nun sir cocoy.

    wel, u have a big point also there.

    by crook or by hook gagawin lahat ni gloria maging makapangyarihan lang siya.

  9. Kimuchi

    Ang Lola Gloria ay hindi na talaga bibitiw sa kanyang trono dahil baliw na siya sa kapangyarihan.

  10. tama ms kim. naka upo na siya eh, malamang lulubus lubusin na niya

  11. Every time there’s negative outlook how the Philippines goes like. This kind of testimony by Father James Reuter somewhat exaggerated. I do respect his bias testimony because I’m a devoted Catholic. Just to clarify things he stated:

    1.)Its true that Philippines is being left behind by its neighboring countries but its population is not 160 million.

    2.) Neither the country is comparable to Bangladesh.

    3.)Far worst exaggeration, Philippines is not tailing behind Thailand or Vietnam for 30 years when it comes to economic growth.

    I don’t know kung nahawahan na rin sya ng pinoy crab mentality sa tagal ng paninirahan nya sa Pilipinas. Kahit saang lugar, bansa magpunta ang pilipino, sinisiraan kapwa pilipino. Pilipino hinihila pababa ng kapwa pilipino.

    Please, there must be separation of church and goernment in the Philippines because such political smear analysis isn’t reflective of how the country went like it is now and where its going.

    Philippines is a poor country, a third world so to say. Mahirap na bansa.

    Yet there were so many factors why Philippines is not economically stabilizing prosperity. Tinitingnan lagi ng pinoy ang mga corruption na ginawa ng mga past leaders imbes na gumawa ng paraan to recover.

    Filipinos are mostly politically clannish. If they don’t like the leader, they always attack but elected even celebrity because it became “part of their lives like soap opera to save them from poverty” and later on went to the streets and demanded his ouster because its the opposite of what they dreamt of. Such was a history.

    Please take some studies before you guys attack every now and then the present leader.

    Take note:

    Philippines is just a tiny country eventhough it has 7,107 islands. Its population is roughly 80 million. Its land area is 300,000 sq. km.

    California state alone in the U.S. land area is bigger than the Philippines at 400,000 sq. km. Its population is minimal 36 million.

    Some european countries like Norway has 4.5 million and it is a rich country.

    Why the comparison?

    Kasi, sa sobrang dami ng tao sa Pilipinas, kulang ang resources to maintain the balance of supply and demand. Bakit? Nagiimplement ang gobyerno ng population control, binabara ng simbahan kasi “pro-life”, kaloob ng maykapal, (hindi sinabi ni God na mag anak ng marami para dumanas ng hirap), kasama na ang mga organizations you name it promoting population growth resulting to population overgrowth. Tapos sasabihin na kailangang gumawa ang gobyerno ng job resources hindi para iimplement ang family planning (what a crazy stupid mentality).

    Saan kukuha ang gobyerno ng pondo para suportahan ang pamilya na may anak ng pito, walo, siyam, sampu. Then, ikinukumpara sa ibang bansa, mayayamang bansa. Why blame the government of this poverty? If one can limit producing children that realistically cannot be supported and give chance to present government what is right.

    Gather census from neighboring Asian countries, their population is very minimal, enough to support its constituents. Their law to just be in the level by their means enough to support the living standard.

    To Filipino political leaders, include children’s curriculum study history and facts how population, mentality, behavior, affects economy.

    Hey pinoys, stop attacking Gloria Arroyo because the disease created by majority of your mentality are just the result of action why the country turned into such.

  12. hi lani, i do agree with you at some point esp on the last part.

    my stand to that is, ano bang pakialam o kinalaman ng mga pari sa birth control eh wala naman silang pamilya, wala naman silang anak, at wala naman asawa. kung alam lang nila ang hirap ng buhay. haaaysh.

    wel, tama ka hiwalay talaga dapat ang govt at relihiyon. nasa batas yun, nagkataon lang na ginagamit ng simbahan ang Diyos bilang kapangyarihan kaya ang mga Pinoy ayun sunod sunuran naman o kayay wala lang talaga disiplina.

    pero siyempre ang pinaka ugat parin nito ay kahirapan.

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