INDEED on what President Rodrigo Duterte said of the claims by the members of Kapa that they get blessings for every donation they make to the ministry, or by the promises of their leaders that they just have to raise donations to get rich and forget the hard life in the farm lands, offshores, factories and glittering houses.
The President was obviously irked by all that he heard of Kapa or its defenders for he knows that there is no instant formula to get rich or get out of miserable life in this country where the poor gets poorer, rich richer, and where the thieves, swindlers and thugs swarm every corner like dengue-carrier flies.
I don’t question the motivation or what drive especially the poor people to join Kapa. They certainly must be tired of hard life that they want easy way out to a life of comfort. So the same with the professionals and small entrepreneurs who were drawn in by the promises of instant richness, instead of burning eyebrows to earn stable life or increase business capital.
In our country where resources and wealth are indeed concentrated in the hands of few families and dynasties, leaving in the cold the majority poor fighting for their survival and sustainability -- the poor will always seek for quicker ways to ease their agonies and enjoy life.
In our country where the government also failed to meet its promises to its people, especially the vulnerable and marginalized sectors, the latter would always find ways to get even with the government, by surrendering their everything to whoever can help them at whatever costs it may take them.
And when the huge army of poor comes to desperation, they will always be vulnerable to the machination, sweet talks and blue magic of the opportunists, thieves and swindlers who often prey at the poor and innocents.
There are so many of them, roaming our streets, farms and communities, to get on willing victims.
Now, is it mind boggling why our country has never been in dearth of people who can make “himala,” “mystery,” “wonders,” even new religion or religious movement, and many other well embellished fake opportunity? No, not boggling or deceiving at all because there are just countless people who are willing to buy them, and even offer their lives to get them for their family and kin.
Is it any wonder too why cheap movies and entertainments, singing and dancing contests, money game shows, and all sorts of numbers and gambling games, thrive in this country and draw in millions in viewership and billions in advertisements and sales?
Because there are too many poor, lonely, confused, deceived, desperate people who buy them, believe them, even if they are too good to be true, hoping they get relief or answers to their quests for a better life.
So sad, but I want to get rage at the vultures, opportunists and crooks who make fortunes from promoting too good to be true condition and culture.
I pray for real blessing for Kapa members, and other people in similar type of organizations. God bless you.