Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has a bold plan to combat crime in his country.
According to a report from Second Amendment Daily News, Duterte is giving away guns to private individuals in an effort fight off drug gangs.
He is specifically arming “Barangay Captains” who have previously been reluctant to report gang and drug-related crime. Such hesitance to report crimes was out of fear of violent repercussions from the gangs and drug dealers that they would be reporting on.
After careful deliberation with police and intelligence agencies, Duterte announced that he would provide community leaders with guns from the state arsenal.
According to Martin Dino, the Interior Department Secretary in charge of the Barangays, there are 42,000 of these “captains” who would be eligible to receive free or subsidized guns in private purchases.
Dino stated: “The condition is that the barangay captain should fight drugs and crime. If he is conniving with criminals, he could be the one shot.”
Earlier in June, Duterte declared that barangays would receive the same treatment as law enforcement or soldiers. In other words, Duterte proclaimed that they “will never go to jail” if they shot suspected criminals while on duty.
Edmund Abesamis, the president of the association of barangay officials, claims that this plan to arm civilians has the backing of the barangay association.
The plan to arm civilians is supported by the association of barangay officials, according to its president, Edmund Abesamis.
Unlike America, which has an extensive gun culture and very pro-gun laws when compared internationally, the Philippines does not have many options when it comes to arming it citizens.
Ideally, the country would have similar Second Amendment protections like America.
In the meantime, gun owners worldwide can at least breathe a sigh of relief knowing that Duterte is not going on anti-gun tirades like most international politicians are these days.
Southern Baptist Convention Reverses Course on Name Change After BLP Reporting
They say they’re not changing their name.
The Southern Baptist Convention has sought to dispel reporting from Big League Politics on the organization’s planned name change, arguing that the institution isn’t formally changing its name.
To correct multiple inaccurate reports, “We Are Great Commission Baptists” is the 2021 Annual Meeting THEME.
The GCB descriptor was approved in 2012 for churches to use if it would be helpful in their local context.
The Southern Baptist Convention remains our official name.
— SBC Executive Committee (@SBCExecComm) September 17, 2020
But a close look at the American Christian church’s plans relating to its name reveal that it’s played with the idea far more seriously than they’re making it seem.
Reports of a name change first emerged in a Washington Post article published on Tuesday. SBC President JD Greear told the Post that “hundreds of churches” affiliated with the denomination had “committed” to using the phrase “Great Commission Baptist” as an alternative to the denomination’s longtime moniker. The change would come as Greear touts his support of the Black Lives Matter, although he’s been careful in pointing out he doesn’t support any formal organization related to the movement. Greear also is renaming the church he personally pastors with the term.
The SBC’s 2021 convention will also organize under the motto of “We Are Great Commission Baptists.” Sounds a lot like a name change, even if the SBC’s leadership is steadfastly maintaining it isn’t.
The name ‘Great Commission Baptist’ is theologically sound in the Christian religion, but it’s somewhat questionable that the organization’s leader appears to be emphasizing it at a moment in which political correctness is making its entryism into many Christian churches and organizations.
It seems as if the organization’s figurehead is keen to present himself as a liberal-style suburban Evangelical to the Washington Post, but he changed his tune quite quickly when the rank and file membership of Southern Baptist churches learned that he was promoting the idea of a name change.
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