LIKE a choir that did not rehearse but sang the same notes, Pope Francis, former U.S. State Secretary Madeleine Albright and Philippine Vice President Leni Robredo, made recent public statements on how to preserve democracy and make life and governance in our world better, peaceful, free and efficient.

In short, the common message was freedom, as it has been in the last 70 years, is key to peaceful life on the planet.

Secretary Albright, writing an op-ed article in The New York Times, warned “Fascism poses a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II.”

Speaking at the Vatican, Pope Francis exhorted young people around the world not to let themselves be silenced.

Apparently, by elder leaders who want to impose distorted values in society just so they could consolidate power in the hands of the few.

Vice President Robredo, speaking in a Student Congress in a Manila college, picking up the tradition of political philosophers Rousseau, Locke and Jefferson, that everyone must contribute to the betterment of society and not to allow one leader, no matter how great he is, to concentrate power in his hand. In short, no to dictatorship, which, is anti-democratic.


Pope Francis in Manila.

Mrs. Albright recalled in her opening paragraph, “73 years ago — Italians hung the corpse of their former dictator Benito Mussolini upside down next to a gas station in Milan. Two days later, Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his bunker beneath the streets of war-ravaged Berlin. Fascism, it appeared, was dead.”

(If I may add, two days after Hitler committed suicide, his close assistant and Nazi’s Minister of Propaganda who used to defend and speak for Hitler, Joseph Goebbels, also committed suicide together with his wife and their children two days after Hitler named him as successor.)

Mrs. Albright continued, “To guard against a recurrence, the survivors of war and the Holocaust joined forces to create the United Nations, forge global financial institutions and — through the Universal Declaration of Human Rights — strengthen the rule of law. In 1989, the Berlin Wall came down and the honor roll of elected governments swelled not only in Central Europe but also Latin America, Africa and Asia. Almost everywhere, it seemed, dictators were out and democrats were in. Freedom was ascendant.”


Former U.S. State Secretary Madeleine Albright.

Then, she observed that today, “we are in a new era, testing whether the democratic banner can remain aloft amid terrorism, sectarian conflicts, vulnerable borders, rogue social media and the cynical schemes of ambitious men.”

“Fascism — and the tendencies that lead toward fascism — pose a more serious threat now than at any time since the end of World War II,” the former State Secretary claimed.

She mentioned the current leaders of four countries, Hungary, Philippines, Poland and Turkey as power hungry and practice relentless grab for more authority.

She also cited two communist dictators, Vladimir Putin of Russia and China’s Xi Jinping.

Let the above serve as early warning device to the freedom-loving people of the world.


Vice President Leni Robredo.

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