THE RELIGIOUS SECT known as Iglesia Ni Cristo occupied portions of EDSA from Friday ‘til Monday. On Sunday, the program emcee, as quoted by several news orgs even announced, “Humarang tayo sa buong EDSA para ipakita kung gaano tayo karami!” For more than three days, EDSA was taken hostage.
Some politicians have spoken about the protests and the issue being raised by the INC. Last Friday, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe, and DILG Sec. Mar Roxas issued their respective statements on the controversy. Binay said the DOJ was harassing the INC; Grace Poe said the sect was just defending religious freedom, and Mar Roxas just lost the Iglesia vote.
On Sunday, CBCP president and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas appealed to politicians not to exploit or take advantage of the INC issue. Too late, Archbishop. Too late.
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Church & State
Iglesia ni Cristo protesters on EDSA insist Justice Sec. Leila De Lima should respect the separation of the Church and State. To which, Secretary De Lima replied, “You first!”
INC protesters say the government must respect the separation of the Church and State. When he heard this, resigned Customs chief Sunny Sevilla couldn’t stop laughing.
It was actually Mandaluyong City Mayor Benhur Abalos who allowed the INC to occupy EDSA. His opponent in next year’s election can kiss his mayoral bid goodbye.
Accusing ABS-CBN News of bias, some members of the INC reportedly mauled an ABS-CBN cameraman covering the rally. The cameraman who sustained cuts and bruises said there must be separation of Church and hate.
For the past couple of weeks, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino has been the most hated person by motorists. Until INC leaders rallied their followers to EDSA. Congratulations Chairman!
Conflict of Interest
Amid the controversy involving his sect, ABS-CBN reporter Anthony Taberna has decided to take a leave of absence from his radio and TV duties. Viewers and listeners were shocked. Ba’t ngayon lang?
On Saturday night, Margarita ‘Tingting’ Cojuangco and husband, Peping Cojuangco, joined INC members who were protesting on EDSA. Leaders of the sect were pleased. They thanked the socialite-turned-politician for her unblinking support.
Margarita ‘Tingting’ Cojuangco spoke at the INC rally the other night. When protesters saw her face, they were reminded of EDSA traffic. Barely moving.
On Monday morning, the INC spokesman announced that the sect has ended mass protests all over the country after reaching an AGREEMENT with the government. Talk about separation of Church and State!
“Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.”
“Ginagawa ko lang po ang aking trabaho at ang aking motibo lang palagi ay fealty to my sworn duty.”
~Justice Sec. Leila De Lima
“As I see my brethren being misled, and how they are acting towards those they perceive to be against them, my heart just grieves for them.”
~Ka Malen, INC member
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[Photos: INC 1: Inquirer.net; INC 2: Philstar.com; Anthony Taberna: Tingting Cojuangco: Rappler]