Part Two: Ask Cardinal Sin how God was used to subvert Caesar
During the Supreme Court hearing on the petitions versus the Anti-Terrorism Law (ATL), did we hear about Atty. Chel Diokno’s exhortations of Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin’s role during the People Power Revolution?
In his oral argument[s], Atty. Diokno raised the case of Cardinal Sin, who was one of the strongest critics of the Marcos government then. He was saying that if the cardinal were alive today, he could be in danger of being tagged as a terrorist and may be liable under the ATL.
Atty. Diokno is citing members of the clergy, as if being one exonerates him from the possible “sins” of terrorists. Is Atty. Diokno playing innocent as if he does not know about the existence of clerico-Marxists in our society?
I am tempted to write more about the role of Cardinal Sin, why Senator Ninoy Aquino pushed him to do just that, who were the international bodies that helped depose President Marcos, and why the youth of today do not know about these things.
All we have are clues as most of this literature was ordered burned by President Cory Aquino in order to erase traces of this anomalous part of our history. That is according to my mentor and very well-respected senior, the legendary General Canieso, who was then Cory’s National Intelligence Coordinating Agency chief when that order was given.
I am so tempted to write my views about the People Power Revolt (PPR) and why I believe, now that I know more about this part of our history hidden to us by the victor of 1986, that that PPR should not have happened if only we followed what Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore did to the communists ravaging his country.
In short, Atty. Diokno should not be selling us that crap that People Power destroyed our democratic institutions and processes, without telling us what the political opponents did prior to martial law, starting with Dante Buscayno and Jose Maria Sison’s Communist Party of the Philippines in Tarlac; that Jabidah hoax, Mindanao LP stalwarts’ and Tungku Abdul Rahman’s role in the founding of the Moro National Liberation Front; those simultaneous and orchestrated attacks in Mindanao and Manila (bombing of water and power utilities) by the New Peoples Army; and the Plaza Miranda bombing by the CPP-NPA.
Tell us about these stories, Atty. Diokno, and we will tell you if Cardinal Sin did the right thing opposing the tyrant that your predecessors improvised then. I can write an entire series just on this part, but you can tell the youth of today what part of their history they missed, that they cannot fathom why martial law had to be declared by any president then, including Senator Aquino, who admitted to declaring the same given those circumstances (Federico Pascual, Philippine Star).
Tell the honorable magistrates hearing the ATL petitions about the “Light a Fire Movement” in the 1980s and argue your case that Cardinal Sin should not be in jail if the ATL was in effect then.
You talk with such verbosity, Atty. Diokno. Why not instead put substance to make your shallow shibboleths matter and speak in simple, clear and truthful terms now. If you don’t, then you really love the underground as Bulatlat.com would say it.
Anyway, I want to continue to share what we know so little about.
Going back to these international backers, that did not happen overnight.
The violent activism of members of the clergy was a deliberate plan of the communist bloc in Europe to drive away the US [from] Asia. To the CPP and Sison, with former priest Luis Jalandoni beside him, it is about capturing all these funding from the rich churches in Europe.
On clerico-fascists and Marxists
We are not trying to antagonize the Church.
They have been our partners in ending this insurgency, including the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines whose members we had the opportunity to meet a couple of times. They, too, feel betrayed by the deception and the pernicious agenda of the CPP.
What we want to do now is make people understand the history of the making of perceived “tyrants” and why that narrative permeates to this day. Thanks to social media, we now have an equalizer who can now check the lies peddled by interest groups.
The church and nonchurch organizations’ overlap and interface with the CPP’s overseas revolutionary work, or ORW, administered by the National Democratic Front and its International Department, has been going on for a long time. After learning its lessons from the old Partido Komunista ng Pilipinas, or PKP, that failed to subvert the morality of mostly Christian Filipinos because of their being avowedly atheist, Sison’s CPP-NPA, by contrast, it adopted the moral image of the Church “to conduct a campaign of terrorism and violence in the name of Christ.”
The CPP was smart enough to embrace the liberation theologists from Europe, especially from the northern churches because they are the wealthiest in terms of contributions to the church.
Former Swiss Jesuit priest Hans Küng, Belgian Jesuit François Houtart, Dutch Dominican Eduard Schillebeeckx and former Spanish Jesuit José María Diez Alegria all contributed to the radicalization of members of the clergy in the Philippines, not only with their thoughts but more so with the money they contributed.
Hence, the start of a huge scam of the CPP.
Experts at verbal engioneering
The left has a way of drawing to its side those who are too gullible and naïve about what’s happening around them. Leftists are experts in “framing” their narrative, glossing over a certain incident to paint the government as the enemy and invoking their freedom of speech.
This is how their friends in the media truncate fake reports and sell them as news.
In propaganda war, which is what this communist insurgency in the Philippines is, this is a necessity. Deception is an art that the communists have mastered.
The only way to counter this is to be watchful of the lies they peddle and call their attention. And we should be discerning enough because they are masters of this art.
They have been targeted by the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) cadres for their skills and abilities, and after a while, we will find them as desk heads or editorial chairs. This explains why some good news will often turn to the left and be excruciatingly painful for the other side, despite their falseness.
As the French would say, “C’est le ton qui fait la musique” (It’s not what you say but how you say it). So how do you beat them? Give them a dose of their own medicine; this time loaded with facts, knowledge and truth.
And isn’t the truth what we want? Isn’t this what the Church would always tell us?
Benign priestly portraits
I would like to present a short background on how the CPP was able to penetrate the Church, and I would like to emphasize that they did not deliberately target the entire institution, but only a few critical ones. That’s how deliberate the CPP is.
By doing so, it was able to amass a significant amount of Church contributions while simultaneously laying the groundwork for the establishment of party cadres in select religious schools; many of them members of the Catholic Educators Association of the Philippines (CEAP).
I acknowledge the very comprehensive and diligent work that the Executive Intelligence Review (EIR) investigation has done to produce the report in 1988 on how the European Church and nongovernment organizations channeled money to fund their so-called revolution.
(The succeeding information was basically culled from part three of a series of reports by an EIR special investigative team in September 1988; Oct. 14, 1988; and this from EIR Vol. 15, No. 50 on Dec. 16, 1988.)
Spanish Jesuit Jose Alegria of the Jesuit Gregorian University in Rome had former priest Luis Jalandoni as one of his protégés when the latter was a student in the 1960s. Fr. Alegria and Jalandoni would later join the Spanish Communist Party and the CPP, respectively.
As for Hans Küng, he continued to travel to the Philippines “to aid in the creation of such organizations as Philippines Priests Inc. and other centers of liberation theology, which formed the recruiting grounds for the NPA (New People’s Army)’s own ‘Christians for National Liberation (CNL).’”
Dutch Fr. Schillebeeckx taught theology at the University of Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and one of his great patrons are the Jurgens, one of the wealthiest families in the Netherlands and founders of Unilever. In 1988, Unilever Philippines accounted for 25 percent of all Philippine trade to Western Europe.
A scion of the family, Erik Jurgen, was the founder of the Politieke Partij Radikalen (PPR) or Dutch Radical Party. It is no surprise then that the PPR was one of the first European political parties to offer the National Democratic Front official recognition.
Francois Houtart is the mentor of Ed de la Torre of CNL. Both travelled to Nicaragua where they “established direct relations between the communist Central American state and the CPP/NPA.” It was Houtart who inspired the social action programs of the Catholic Church run by the National Secretariat for Social Action and Peace (Nassa). Nassa was reorganized by the Bishop’s Conference in the early 1980s because it was found that its resources were being funneled into NDF political front organizations.
The World Council of Churches (WCC) and the Transnational Institute (TNI), both based in Amsterdam, are two of the most prominent organizations in Europe that have influenced political developments in the Philippines.
One of the entities funded by the WCC was Urban Rural Mission, which has staged violent demonstrations in the Philippines and South Korea. Protestant Minister Schmitt was working with the National Council of Churches in the Philippines when he was caught coming out of an NPA guerrilla camp in 1988.
In Germany, the Aktionsgruppe Philippinen is identified as one of the leading CPP/NPA support groups.
Its network in Europe includes the Evangelische Kirche Deutschlands, Diakonisches Werk der Evangelischen Kirchen Deutschlands, Brot für die Welt (Bread for the World), Diakonia (Sweden), Swiss Brot für Brüder, Christian Aid of British Council of Churches, etc.
For the liberation theologists, the national Catholic agencies included Cebemo of the Netherlands; Broederlijk Delen of Belgium; Trocaire of Ireland; Misereor of Germany; Missio, the Catholic Lenten Action; Caritas; and the different Bishops Lenten Campaigns all over Europe.
These are to be complemented by whatever support they are able to gather from the European Community, which are wittingly or unwittingly funneled through Oxfam, War on Want, Helvetas, X-Y Movement, Terre des Hommes and their various development aid centers.
Through this Church apparatus, “the CPP/NPA has gained direct and indirect support and legitimacy not merely among left-wing circles, but also in more conservative circles of the Christian Democratic and Liberal Democratic parties.”
TNI, on the other hand, played a crucial role in coordinating the downfall of President Marcos. It is the same TNI which was investigated by the Peruvian government for its role in financing the rebel movement “Shining Path” or Sendero Luminoso, the Communist Party of Peru.