Allow me to share with you this forwarded email about a Philippine senator who died and before his verdict whether to go to heaven or hell, the senator was asked to experience both. The story is full of humor and reflects on how politics in the country, for so many years, has shaped the minds of Filipinos. I hope this would serve as an eye opener to all of us as we choose the Philippines’ next political leaders come May 10 elections. ^_^
HEAVEN and HELL by Leng Zapanta
While walking down the street one day a Corrupt
Philippine Senator was tragically hit by a car & died.
His soul arrives in heaven and is met by St. Peter
at the entrance.
“Welcome to heaven,” says St. Peter. “Before you
settle in, it seems there is a problem. We seldom
see a high official around these parts, you see, so
we’re not sure what to do with you.”
“No problem, just let me in,” says the Senator.
“Well, I’d like to, but I have orders from the higher
ups. What we’ll do is have you spend one day in
hell and one in heaven. Then you can choose
where to spend eternity.”
“Really? I’ve made up my mind. I want to be in
heaven,” says the Senator.
“I’m sorry, but we have our rules.”
And with that, St. Peter escorts him to the elevator
and he goes down, down, down to hell.
The doors open and he finds himself in the middle
of a green golf course. In the distance is a
clubhouse and standing in front of it are all his
friends and other politicians who had worked with
Everyone is very happy and in evening dress. They
run to greet him, shake his hand, and reminisce
about the good times they had while getting rich
at the expense of the Filipino people.
They played a friendly game of golf and then dine
on lobster, caviar and the finest champagne.
Also present is the devil, who really is a very
friendly guy who is having a good time dancing
and telling jokes.They are all having such a good
time that before the Senator realizes it, it is time
to go.Everyone gives him a hearty farewell and
waves while the elevator rises…
The elevator goes up, up, up and the door reopens
in heaven where St. Peter is waiting for him,
“Now it’s time to visit heaven.”
So, 24 hours passed with the Senator joining a
group of contented souls moving from cloud to
cloud, playing the harp and singing.
They have a good time and, before he realizes it,
the 24 hours have gone by and St. Peter returns.
“Well, then, you’ve spent a day in hell and another
in heaven. Now choose your eternity.”
The Senator reflects for a minute, then he answers:
“Well, I would never have said it before, I mean
heaven has been delightful, but I think I would be
better off in hell.”
So St. Peter escorts him to the elevator and he
goes down, down, down to hell.
Now the doors of the elevator open and he’s in the
middle of a barren land covered with waste and
garbage. He sees all his friends, dressed in rags,
picking up the trash and putting it in black bags as
more trash falls from above.The devil comes over to
him and puts his arm around his shoulders.
“I don’t understand,” stammers the Senator.
“Yesterday I was here and there was a golf course
and clubhouse, and we ate lobster and caviar,
drank champagne, & danced and had a great time.
Now there’s just a wasteland full of garbage and
my friends look miserable. What happened?”
The devil smiles at him and says, “Yesterday we were campaigning …Today, you voted.”