‘Pepe,’ ‘dede:’ when is a word offensive or malicious?
“… ‘You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her… If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell’…” (Jesus, our God and Savior, in Matthew 5:27-30, the Holy Bible).
When is a word considered offensive and malicious? When the one uttering or using the word himself intended rudeness or has malicious intent, that’s when it is offensive and malicious! A clear example of this would be the use of the Filipino words “pepe” and “dede” in the campaign to make more Filipinos become aware of the federal system of government which the Duterte government seeks to introduce in the country.
Isn’t it true that, among Filipinos, “pepe” and “dede” are mere descriptions of two private parts of a woman, where “pepe” is her organ where babies come out during childbirth, and “dede” are her breasts from which babies derive sustenance? What these all amount to is that, not because someone used “pepe” and “dede,” malice or offense is already intended. Malice and offense exist only in the mind of the malicious and the offensive, either because of envy or pure destructive spirit.
IN WHOSE BENEFIT WILL THIS EDSA ONE PASSENGER POLICY GO? I agree that only passenger buses plying EDSA will benefit once this one-passenger policy in EDSA takes effect. MMDA seems bent on favoring only the bus owners and operators, isn’t not? Well, it’s been a policy of scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours, ever since, in this country known as “Pearl of the Orient,” and many attribute this to several million reasons every month. Is this true?
GOD’S VOW THAT HE WILL TRANSFORM AS A MAN, WITH FLESH AND BLOOD: When God the Father cursed the serpent on account of its having taught the sin of disobedience to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, He also publicly made a vow that He Himself will come to earth, as the Child of a woman, and therefore as a man with flesh and blood.
There was only reason why God the Father came down to earth from heaven: to prevent humanity from suffering the worms and fires of hell which those who disobeyed, and who continually disobey, until now, God’s commands, are destined to undergo eternally. This can be found in Genesis 3:15 of the Bible, where God ordained, in His sovereign power, a deadly fight between the seed of the serpent and the seed of the woman (which “seed” is God Himself).
In Genesis 3:15, God assured the defeat of the serpent, and, because of that, man’s salvation from the worms and fires of hell was similarly assured in eternal life. This is the good news of God’s salvation for His people. What man must understand, however, is this: not all will be saved. Only those with understanding shall enjoy salvation.
FEDERAL CONSTITUTION’S PREAMBLE RECOGNIZES GOD AS THE ONLY ONE WHO CAN MAKE THE PHILIPPINES BETTER: What, to me personally, is noteworthy in the Preamble of the proposed Federal Constitution is its invocation of “the aid of the Almighty” in all that is sought to be achieved under it— a permanent and indissoluble nation; a just, humane, united, and progressive society; anda government that shall embody the Filipinos’ shared ideals and aspirations.
At the very least, in this Preamble, there is a recognition of God—no matter if He was simply referred to as “the Almighty.” Then, this recognition of God appears to be not a simple lip service, as it were, because it is to God that the objectives of the Federal Constitution towards a whole nation, a society that is just and progressive, and a government for the Filipinos are made dependent upon.
Indeed, only when a nation is founded on God and on His commands and spiritual directions can it ever hope to become successful, peaceful, and progressive. I am hoping, therefore, that the Duterte government, with its warts and all (as President Duterte has been saying), would undertake actual and concrete measures to make this country, its officials and everyone else, truly obedient to godly principles and spiritual guidelines.
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