Is the Filipino worth ‘lying’ for?

Ninoy Aquino made the memorable statement: “The Filipino is worth dying for.” Ninoy had a high regard for Filipinos, that is why he said that famous line.

Watching on TV the Senate hearings on the choppers scam allegedly orchestrated by former First Gentleman Mike Arroyo, this question came to my mind: Is the Filipino worth “lying” for? Just a play on words, but what I want to say here is: Are you worthy to be called a Filipino if you keep on telling lies?

I can’t help thinking that the Philippines has become a nation of cheaters and liars. Of course, that is saying too much. But to many Filipinos, especially the rich and the powerful, lying has become second nature. It is amazing to see how these people can lie through their teeth till they are blue in the face. Common sense tells me that they are not telling the truth. Some of our big-time politicians are simply oozing with lies.

In our courts we have lawyers who won’t treat telling a lie as a crime, so long as it is to the interest of their clients. Such outlook has become part of our judicial system. If you tell a lie under oath, the system has a legal term for that: perjury. But in reality it is blasphemy because you call on God to witness that you are telling the truth when in fact you are telling a lie.

“Thou shalt not bear false witness.” This is one of the Ten Commandments of God. Telling a lie is a sin, nay, a crime. Hereabouts, one does not realize that anymore because lying has become so common.


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  • Anonymous

    “There is no fear of God in their eyes” so the Good Book says of corrupt minds that had infected His chosen people, this despite all the wonders and miracles God did for them. Our Land is doted by huge churches and cathedrals but we are no better for them, actually I believe, we’re the worse.

  • lucidlynx

    Not “lying for” but “lying to”, at least from what I read in your article.

    Also, it’s not up to lawyers to decide what constitute a crime. That’s the court’s job. Lawyers defend, even the guilty. That’s their job. And that is required of them. If they don’t, they can get disbarred. That’s the practice of law. But that does not mean they condone criminality.

  • http://twitter.com/CrocLolong CrocLolong


  • http://twitter.com/arajr2001 antonio r. arevalo

    since wealth, power and fame remain an addictive aphrodisiac for many public officials (and some private sector leaders), the undesirable culture that we all still see now, and which our younger and future generations will be witnesses to, if not victims of, is definitely going to stay with us for a long, long time. but hopefully, P-Noy with the help of his upright lieutenants, will be able to eliminate some big perpetrators (beginning sana with the former first family) using of course the prescribed legal process, within this six-year term.

  • http://twitter.com/Umbokpitaw Dodoy Talledo

    Hindi big time mag sinungaling ang Pinoy..Obvious ang kasinungalingan..Kung alam mo lang gaano kasinungaling ang ibang lahi dyan..Only in USA???ha..ha..ha.. Tayo pagnasinungaling malamang
    baka hindi tayo makatulog ng mahimbing..Pinoy Liars  ..wala yan..Not a big deal! Garapal lang !

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SHKBBO273I7GMSQTA4ZWLZCG3U Max

    Yes, filipinos are liars and religious, they go to church every Sunday and let God cleanse their lying activities form Monday to Saturday, have you not noticed, every Sunday the churches are filled to the brim, with the politicians and filthy rich occupying the front rows seats?

    • Mamang Pulis

      I came across an article years back written by a Jesuit – ‘Split Level Christianity’ – Fr Bulatao

      Your reply sir, runs parallel to that.

      or better : Yano’s – Banal na aso, santong kabayo….natatawa ako….

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