Something is wrong
By +Oscar V. Cruz, JCD
“The State recognizes the vital role of the youth in nation-building and shall promote and protect their physical, moral, spiritual, intellectual, and social well-being…” (Phil. Const. State Policies, Sec. 13)
THE affirmation and promotion of sound moral and spiritual well-being especially among the youth of this country is definitely not only relevant but especially significant. This is not only because the said youth is the hope and wherefore the future of the Philippines but also because young people are the bearers of the moral and spiritual torch for entrustment to the Filipino generations after them. If the youth of today become immoral and impious, poor Philippines! And woe to the Filipino value system!
Thus it is that the promotion and protection of sound moral values and proper spiritual orientation particularly among the youth of today are in fact constitutionally provided for. So is it that those who assume public offices thereto assigned by public trust for the public welfare or the social well-being of the Filipinos – the youth in particular – are in no way free to simply do what they want, when they want it, and how they want it. Reason: Attention to and care for the proper moral and spiritual good of young people is nothing less than a “State Policy.”
Thus it is that public officials – especially those in the Executive Department – are categorically duty bound to insistently and continuously implement the above cited constitutional agenda in favor of the Filipino youth. The Chief Executive in particular – with all his executive subordinates – has the grave obligation to work for and uphold the moral and spiritual well-being of the Filipino youth. And by way of a reminder and to say bluntly, they are all very well paid through the insistent and sizable taxes demanded from the people of the Philippines, to do their job and do it well.
But truth to say: Something is wrong.
There is the much-favored gambling culture in the country – particularly in terms of casinos plus many other legal and illegal gambling forms. There is the unending drug business in many kinds and forms that refuse to disappear. This is not to mention the infamous “priority” RH Bill that promotes promiscuity and irresponsibility among the young and the adults. There are even the pending legislations on divorce and same sex marriage. This is not to mention the gross UN suggestion to legalize prostitution in the country. It is vain to claim that such vulgar particulars are in favor of the Filipino youth. It is futile to say that the Executive Department is compliant with the constitutional mandate in favor of the young people of today. It is but elementary to say that something is wrong – very wrong with the way the Philippine government is dealing with the Filipino youth. Now what?