|Corruption in the Philippines|
From: Ron Halbrook <RonHalbrook@compuserve.com>
Thanks for your inquiries. I'm sending a copy of my response (dated 3-17-99)
to Hamilton's earlier attack. Whereas he made
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I'll just go through and insert my comments and answers where they fit so that it will be easier to understand what I am replying to.
I am always willing to respond in a Christian manner to any comments made in a similar manner. I am glad that the church will take time to consider all the information before acting.
Dear Elma & Joe,
Thanks for your inquiries. I'm sending a copy of my response (dated 3-17-99) to Hamilton's earlier attack.
A response? Dated March 17, 1999? A response to what? Since Halbrook has not written to me since 1994, I do not see what he can be talking about. I also do not know what "attack" he is referring to.
Whereas he made direct charges, I simply posed them in the form of questions in the interest of promoting objectivity as opposed to emotional heat.
Again, someone is going to have to explain what Halbrook is talking about. Perhaps everyone is assuming that I know about this so-called "attack" and his never before seen "response", but I really and truly have no idea what Halbrook is referring to. If someone has a copy of the "attack" and "response" please forward them to me so that I can understand what we are discussing.
As Earl Mitchell & I travelled in the Philippines, we found the brethen on such islands as Luzon, Cebu, & Negros had pretty well recovered from last year's drought, as they themselves freely granted (strange conduct if they are all liars & money-grabbers), but brethren on Mindanao were still suffering.
If the brethren had "recovered", why did Halbrook and McDonald distribute more than $200,000 in Luzon last year? The Philippine government distributed more than US$10,000,000 in Mindanao because that was where the damage was. The only damage caused by a drought is to the farmers, so why was the distribution made to anyone and everyone who claimed to be a Christian? The money was passed out at P1,000 (US$26) per person regardless of age or need (actually a little more was given in some areas and a little less in others). US$26 would do NOTHING to help the poor farmers who were devastated by the loss of their livelihood, but since most of the money was distributed only in urban areas, most farmers never saw any of it.
We interviewed reliable men on Mindanao & they all agreed about the devastation of crops by locusts & rats, & the suffering of some who are vacuated because of fighting between the government & Muslim rebels.
They interviewed "reliable men". How is Halbrook, Mitchell, McDonald, or any of them supposed to know who is reliable? I've been living here for about 6 years and I am very very hesitant about calling someone reliable. I happen to understand enough of the language and culture to know how and why a Filipino might deceive an American and feel they have done nothing wrong. Many of these men just come and go. They have certain men they have decided to trust (probably based on those men's knowledge of English) and rely on them. But if the staff you lean on is not trustworthy....
While Hamilton indicates there is nothing to this, I will send you a newspaper article showing that over 31,000 people had been displaced by the end of Jan. of this year.
Perhaps. I'd be glad to receive a copy if someone would scan it in and send it. But the article is irrelevant regardless. Halbrook specifically stated that the displacement was widespread among brethren. An article showing some displacement 5 months ago does not prove anything happened to brethren. He also does not state where the displacement occurred so I cannot even tell you if it is in the same area of the country.
Brethren pointed out the worst suffering is in the mountains, so, obviously, that is where the benevolence will be targeted.
First, McDonald has NOT indicated that he will be going to the mountains. Since his schedule would only allow him less than two days in Mindanao, he will have no opportunity to actually see if any brethren were affected. Even if he did go, he would have no way of telling Christians from non-Christians since he would rely on the men who started this scam.
Second, Halbrook refuses to comment on the fact that the affected peoples were tribal. I know Halbrook understands the definition of tribal since I spelled it out to him five years ago and the definition has not changed. But for those who have missed reading one of the earlier messages: A tribal is a person who is from an indigenous group (there are 64 recognized tribal groups) who retains his native laws, customs, and religion. Therefore, by its very definition, there are NO Christians who are tribal. There are a few Christians who were former tribals, but when one becomes a Christian, he is no longer considered "tribal". The tribal groups were, are, and always will be hit hard by rats, locusts, and other such natural phenomenon because they do not practice modern horticulture. Think of them like a primitive form of Amish or Mennonite. They won't use sprays to protect their crops or any other modern things. If they did, they would lose their special status under the law. For that matter, they would not be able to accept aid without endangering their status as tribals. So if the money is not really going to go to the tribals, then who will be receiving the money?
If Earl Mitchell, Jim McDonald, or I can answer any specific charge, let us know.
Halbrook and Mitchell are no more qualified to answer questions about the work here than any other vacationers and tourists who happen to be Christians. A few weeks one time or each year does not qualify for anything other than frequent flier miles. Perhaps McDonald can answer some questions, but he is strangely quiet about this stuff.
It is typical of Wallace Little & Glenn Hamilton to make an array of charges, which would consume vast amounts of our time to answer detail by detail, thus diverting us from the work we are doing.
How did Wallace Little get involved in this? It seems Halbrook is having some sort of delusion since I am the only one who wrote the things I have sent or am sending. I do not consult with anyone else, because I know personally what is happening here. Such an arrogant comment only shows that Halbrook is not capable of answering the factual statements made. It would only take a few moments to go through and clarify if I had made any mistakes. As a brother in Christ Halbrook should be willing to show me any mistakes. Instead he simply says he doesn't have the time. James 4:17 If you know a good thing you should do (like correcting a mistaken brother) and do it not (like saying you don't have time), then it is sin.
If there are specific concerns, do not hesitate to ask.
We have asked, but Halbrook is too busy to answer.
Keep in mind that Hamilton like Little is working in full fellowship with such men as Jim Puterbaugh, Don Wilson, & Jerry Bassett in the Philippines (while professing not to agree with them on such vital doctrinal matters as divorce-remarriage, or with Puterbaught on one covenant, etc.).
I'm not sure what Halbrook means by "full fellowship". Perhaps he can explain. perhaps not. I have spent time with Little, Puterbaugh, Wilson, and Bassett. We have talked about the areas about which we disagree (this is something Halbrook and McDonald have failed to do even though it is the clear and simple teaching of Matthew 18:15-20). I do not slander these men nor malign them (Titus 3:2). Rather than quarelling with them, I have always and will always try to gently teach them as a servant of the Lord must do (2 Tim. 2:24-26). Is that what Halbrook means by "full fellowship"? If so, then I agree. However, if Halbrook means that I allow them to teach doctrines which are not scriptural, then he is mistaken (or worse).
He speaks of being married to a Filipina but failed to mention that his own father-in-law, who recently died & who is widely respected as a reputable man, did not have confidence in Glenn.
P.S. If you have access to fax, I can fax the newspaper article on the ongoing battles between militant Muslims & gov't forces.
As I said, someone please scan me a copy of this article so we can talk about why it does not prove whatever Halbrook thinks it proves.