“Communicating hope and trust in our time.”

- Pope Francis

Disinformation

MAYBE worse than the problem of drugs or any other prevailing social ills such as the ubiquitous graft and corruption in all levels of government is the degeneration of the Filipino psyche. One of the clearer symptoms of this is the growing conviction that drug addicts are not human and therefore they do not deserve to live, they must be liquidated. This point of view, or state of mind if you may, does not only flood social media—it maybe be traced upwards to the highest level of government. This is no arguing to prove this.

History is laden with horrible incidents where a national state of mind has become a collective behavior that triggered genocide such the case in Rowanda or even the Nazi Germany in the early 1940s. God forbid that such will happen to this country. But who can tell whether the killing of thousands of people suspected of drug use or trade is not an upshot of a sick mind? Or who disputes that in order to cleanse the country of illegal drugs which is flaunted to be the worse scourge this country has ever had, it is legitimate for operatives to kill and kill all pushers and users even if the big time suppliers remained unscathed to this day? None, of course, because of massive machination into public opinion.

History is witness of how propaganda and the twisting of public opinion through fake info have been employed to warp a collective national behavior. In modern history, legislation and public policy are easily delivered in the platter of the contemporary tools of propaganda and disinformation. Social media is fast, enormous and highly efficient.

“I hope you understand why my heart bleeds when I hear about Catholics who agree that addicts are not human…my heart bleeds when there are Catholics who agree that criminals cannot be reformed, that they deserve to die and be exterminated if we are to have a peaceful Philippines society.” These are heavy words coming for Kalookan bishop Pablo Virgilio David whose ecclesiastical jurisdiction is touted to be a “killing field,” in a recent homily delivered to about 7,000 young people.

But then again whose heart will bleed if most of it has been hardened by disinformation?

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