eastwind journals22 Oct 2017 04:17 pm

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON DRUGS * Advice to Duterte

HOW TO WIN THE WAR ON DRUGS * Advice to Duterte
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/10/how-to-win

By Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

I hope President Duterte can read this. Step 1 is to stop the supply, which flows from China, finished goods or raw materials. If they are gloating for stopping the recent ‘massive’ smuggling of P6.4 billion worth of shabu, they are in for a surprise. That is not a milestone. There are hundreds of ways to smuggle shabu. It may even be just the tip of the iceberg.

 

Cut shabu at the source with a bilateral agreement with China on an integrated coordinated intelligence, police, customs, coast guard, immigration effort. It may not work all the way, but half way is good enough. Half of them may be bribed but the good guys can monitor the bad guys. Once the smuggling is checked, there is no need to run after shabu factories which will have no more raw materials to process. Once shabu reaches our shores, it is hard to contain. The thing is to let it not reach our shores.

 

Step 2 is to stop the LGUs into drugs. Manila Times came up with an inventory of mayors and vice mayors suspected of involvement in shabu operations. Four killed, four arrested, 52 other’s in Duterte’s list (13 in Luzon, 14 in Visayas, 25 in Mindanao) as of July 2017. (Source – http://www.manilatimes.net/fast-facts-on-mayors-vice-mayors-in-dutertes-drug-war/341834/). The profound effect of LGU on shabu proliferation is mind-boggling. LGUs into shabu is the biggest culprit. The bad policemen, private drug lords and financiers polarize towards the leadership of local government. When Espinosa and Parojinog were neutralized, the shabu empire in Leyte and Misamis must have shrunk dramatically for awhile. Maybe they are back.

 

The generals into shabu is also a problem. Duterte identified 5 generals. There may be more, as there is little intel. Good generals may not point at bad generals. They may be fewer but their clout is in the guns and armies to protect the shabu industry.

 

Why do you think the mayors did not stop even after reading about the killings and arrests of many mayors? Why did they ignore the warnings of Duterte that they may be next? The answer is simple – the money is so big, the temptation so great, that it is worth the risk for the greedy. They are super-confident as they hire large private armies which they easily can afford, or get protection from the generals, and they are ‘safe’.

 

Step 3.  Stop the killings of squatter kids. Just run after the mayors, and half of the problem is solved. While the police are picking off addicts at the squatter level by the hundreds, the drug lords still flood the place with ample supply. As the police sweep the garbage, they do not stop the people who scatter more garbage. Focus on pushers, suppliers, not users.

 

Step 4. Understand the true nature of shabu addiction to win the war on drugs. A stage 4 shabu addict is helpless to contain his own addiction. He will risk death to satisfy his unbearable desire. He will die for a high. Stage 5 addiction is psychosis or madness when shabu eventually destroys brain cells on a massive scale. It is easy to rape a sister or threaten a mother who refuses to give money. Shabu is directly related to heinous crimes.

 

The mayors do it out of greed, the squatter kids do it out of sheer desire. Pushers are also addicts. It is easy to conclude that there are mayors and generals who are addicts, the pushers-ushers who are dangerous because they will get other addicts to finance their addiction. They are the catalyst to rapid shabu growth. They employ brinkmanship when they are high.

 

Finally, Duterte’s rehab center in Nueva Ecija financed by China, which presently accommodates 35,000 is not a rehab center but a ‘soft jail’. It is bigger than Bilibid by far. At the growth rate of even, say a pessimistic thousand a day, it will be congested very soon. It may even follow the footsteps of Bilibid to house secret shabu factories smuggled out as a major supply line. Money talks. Step 5. Rehab centers are better run by gentle people like nuns rather than soldiers. And they should be decentralized, 1,000 scattered in different provinces, 10 to 30 addicts per center. The Church should have a big role in this, rehab centers on the parish level. Addicts need to be loved and treated gently as a solution to addiction, not punished or whipped. They need monastic ambience so they can pray for healing.

 

How far are we in winning the war on drugs? Very far, indeed, even as thousands have been killed and the UN and international human rights groups hound us? Many nations have tried for many years and have failed. Even in the US, which is resilient in containing the menace, have failed all these years. They can only contain it but not eradicate it. Duterte corrected himself in his time frame to eradicate shabu. He will correct himself again. It is a never ending endeavor. There is no such thing as total rehab. Many factors are irreversible. A friend at the gate can destroy a whole year of painstaking rehab. The thing is to stop 1) the supply coming in, and 2) its spread and growth thru the LGUs. That is the best Duterte can do. Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

 

Author’s Note. This is a refined shortened version of an original article for rappler.com. See the original – https://www.rappler.com/thought-leaders/180064-how-to-win-war-on-drugs.
Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com.
eastwind journals16 Oct 2017 04:45 pm

FATIMA MESSAGES 100-year anniversary * a slide presentation

TODAY IS THE 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA. OUR NOVENA ENDS TODAY, DAY 9. ONE HAIL MARY FOR WORLD PEACE AND FOR SAFETY FROM DISASTERS, FOR PERSONAL INNER PEACE AND HEALTH AND THOSE OF YOUR RELATIVES AND FRIENDS, FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS, REPARATIONS FOR SINS, AND CONVERSION OF SINNERS. BELOW A MARIAN SLIDE SHOW.

00 fatima messages 100-yr anniv

amdg

 

Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry09 Oct 2017 07:21 am

Mini-library of Articles * 100-year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima * eastwind journals

A Mini-Library of Articles
100-year Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima
pass to friends
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/10/mini-library 
 
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By eastwind – Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
NOVENA TO OUR LADY OF FATIMA
ON THE OCCASION OF ITS 100-YEAR ANNIVERSARY. Today, October 9, is the start of the novena to Our Lady of Fatima, until October 17. On your keyboards right now, one Hail Mary for World Peace and away from disasters, for your inner peace and that of your family and friends, for the forgiveness of and reparations for sins. Please pass.
 
Volume 1 THE WOMAN AND THE DRAGON
 
The battle between the dragon (Satan) and the woman (Virgin Mary) would rage throughout the millennia after Christ died to save the world from sin. This longest battle on Earth is manifested today in Our Lady of Fatima, whose messages echo the Book of Revelation – prophecies of global cataclysms. In the end, Revelation says the woman shall triumph and crush the head of the serpent (Satan) at her feet. Fatima is the mother of all disaster predictions. Our Lady has sent us chilling apocalyptic messages we have to meditate and pray over. “The war in the Middle East will become serious and will spread throughout the world.” Our Lady of Yvan.
READ MORE / VIEW DOCU ON THE MIRACLE OF THE HEALING OIL
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/02/centennial
 
Volume 2 – FATIMA AND THE TYPHOON YOLANDA MIRACLES
 
At the height of Yolanda, a student took a photo at the beach in Borongan, Eastern Samar, Philippines. The umbrella of the Blue Lady was not affected by the powerful wind. Both the Blue Lady and the titanic storm surge in the background vanished into thin air after the photo was taken.
READ MORE / SEE THE PHOTO OF THE BLUE LADY -
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/03/yolanda-echoed
 
Volume 3 – FATIMA AND THE 2013 BOHOL EARTHQUAKE
 
On October 15, 2013, at 8:12 a.m., on the anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima, a powerful earthquake, 7.2 on the Richter scale, rocked the islands of Bohol and Cebu in the Philippines for 15 seconds. In Bohol, in that short time, 15 centuries-old churches were destroyed, ten of them totally, a first-ever in the history of the Philippine Church. For numerologists, note the number 15. Immediately, Pope Francis dispatched a statue of Our Lady of Fatima to the disaster area.
READ MORE / SEE EARTQUAKE MAP OF BOHOL / CHURCHES DEVASTATED
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2016/09/prophecy
 
Volume 4 – FATIMA AND THE MIRACLE OF THE ROSE PETALS
 
At the convent of the Carmelite Sisters in Lipa City, center for devotion to Our Lady Mediatrix of Grace, thousands gathered as rose petals rained from the sky like manna. On the petals were etched, like photo slides, religious images – the Holy Trinity, the Black Madonna, Our Lady of Fatima. That memorable day of the Miracle of the Rose Petals mimicked the famous Miracle of the Dancing Sun in Fatima in 1917, a hundred years ago. When Anacleta Trivino saw tears in the eyes of the statue of Our Lady Mediatrix of Grace, it was later learned that that was the day Fatima visionary Lucia Dos Santos was dying. Fatima and Lipa are inter-related.
READ MORE / SEE PHOTOS OF ROSE PETALS WITH IMAGES -
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/04/rose-petal
 
Volume 5 – FATIMA AND PREDICTED MEGA-EARTHQUAKES
 
West Valley Quake Imminent * estimated 34,000 casualties * List of Subdivisions Affected
After the devastation of the 6.7 magnitude tremor in Surigao, PHIVOLCS issued new earthquake warnings “for the big one … that could kill thousands” along the West Valley fault, which cuts across Metro-Manila. A new earthquake is “ripe” since it happens every 400 years and the last one was in 1658, 367 years ago.
READ MORE / LIST OF SUBDIVISIONS AFFECTED / EARTHQUAKE MAP -
http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/08/west-valley
 
By eastwind – Bernie V. Lopez
eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com

“I can no  longer hold back the hand of my Son.”
spoken by a Paulinian sister in a trance at the home of visionary Carmelo.
 
amdg
 
 
Mother Ignacia Healing Ministry08 Sep 2017 01:33 pm

THE ROSARY KID * inspired by a true story * eastwind journals

THE ROSARY KID
Inspired by a True Story
 
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http://www.sisterraquel.com/2017/09/the-rosary-kid
 
Susan is a five year old kid. Her mother prays the rosary every evening in front of the home altar. Susan does not pray the rosary with her. She just sits behind her silently. Her mother has advanced stage psoriasis on her scalp. The hair has fallen off, and it is full of pus. She cannot sleep due to extreme itchiness. This has made her very cranky.
 

CONTINUED

MOTHER – Jessica, please give me a glass of cold water.

Jessica, the first maid, appears with a glass of water.

MOTHER – What is this? (Screaming.) I told you time and again, when you wash my glass, wipe it dry so there are no spots. Look, look, I can’t drink this? You imbecile. Get out of here. Gloria,
give me a glass of water.

Gloria, the second maid, appears with a glass of water. The mother throws the glass against the wall.

MOTHER – Same thing Gloria. When will you ever learn?

The two maids retreat to the kitchen, sobbing, as the mother trembles with anger.

SUSAN – (Undaunted by her mother’s anger.) Mommy, can you mix good and evil?

MOTHER – (Forgetting her anger for a moment.) Of course not. They are opposed to each other, enemies forever.

SUSAN – So, how come you pray the rosary, then scream at the maids?

The mother is silent. She embraces Susan. In tears, she goes to the two maids, and embraces them. All are now sobbing, except Susan, watching with a smile.

MOTHER – (To Jessica and Gloria) Here, take these two rosaries. I bought them in Rome. They are expensive. I will stick to this little local wooden rosary.

SUSAN – Mommy, will your prayers be heard more if your rosary is expensive?

MOTHER – No, darling, It does not matter. That’s why I keep the cheaper rosary. How come you never pray the rosary with me?

SUSAN – Of course, I pray the rosary silently behind you.

MOTHER – So let me give you a rosary.

SUSAN – I don’t need one, mommy. This is my rosary. (She puts up her two hands.)

MOTHER – Oh, ten Hail Mary’s, right? That’s nice.

SUSAN – Nope. No Hail Marys.

MOTHER – So, how do you pray then?

SUSAN – (Clasping her hand in prayer.) I just talk to Jesus and Mama Mary. They always listen to me. Let me pray now. (She closes her eyes.) Jesus, through your Mommy, please take care of my mommy, Jessica, Gloria, and me. Keep us safe, happy, and together. (She opens her eyes.) That’s it. It takes me 30 seconds. (She offers her open hands to her mother.) Kiss my hands. They are full of prayers.

From then on, after her mother prays the rosary, she and Susan go to the kitchen to Jessica and Gloria, and with clasped hands, and closed eyes, they all ‘pray the rosary’ together in silence for 30 seconds. When they finish, they embrace each other.

SUSAN – Mommy, I notice your scalp is getting better. No more itch?

MOTHER – Yes, I am surprised.

SUSAN – I am not surprised, mommy. My teacher says ‘forgiveness heals’. I think, when you embraced Jessica and Gloria, your scalp started to heal.

MOTHER – Yes, I believe so, darling.

SUSAN – Mama Mary asked Jesus to heal you because you forgave.

After a month, the scalp of Susan’s mother was completely dry and hair started growing. She slept well and never became cranky again. It was a great feat of the rosary kid to bring inner peace to their tiny simple home.

By eastwind – Bernie V. Lopez, eastwindreplyctr@gmail.com
 
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On Forgiveness

You have to learn to forgive and enter the eye of the storm where there is no wind. Forgiveness heals you. Your wounds of hurt will disappear. Forgivenss makes you whole. The guy you forgive, if he still hates you, SIYA ANG LUGI (He is the loser.) Hate will consume him, while you bask in inner peace.

So you have to pray to learn to forgive, because that hatred may come back and keep bobbing up and you have to hold it down with prayer. Your ally is Jesus, prayer, Mama Mary. Love must win over hate within your heart, within the heart of each of us.

Once you have forgiven, you will not fret, you will not think of vengeance no matter how much the other guy has wounded you. You will offer love and forgiveness to counter hate and un-forgiveness. Only this way can we die a peaceful death. Your tears are as a sign that you still love them in spite of the hate and silence you feel from them. Always pray for those who hate you so that their hate may turn into love.

amdg

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