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Can Edsa Revolution that Topples the Late Ferdinand Marcos do the Same with Son, Bongbong?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

The CBCP Edsa activity, “Lord Heal our Land” is a show of force against drug-related killings. Archbishop Socrates Villegas clarifies that it is not a political revolution. It is a prayer rally for victims of the drug war. Nevertheless,  many still suspect that the organizers aim to mimic the success of the Edsa People Power event. That topples the late Ferdinand Marcos. Some people assume that it is a call for President Du30’s resignation before Bongbong Marcos becomes Vice President as the recount against VP Leni Robredo can happen very soon.






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[VIDEO]: The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) denies that there’s an alleged plot to undermine President Du30. In spite calling for the public to join a prayer rally condemning the killings under his anti-narcotics drive, it insists that this is just to pray.




Not Political Revolution

Mass and procession at the Edsa Shrine is not a rally. It is a religious activity that gathers the faithful to pray for forgiveness and the country’s healing amid the spate of extrajudicial killings, its organizers said. “Let us ask that our prayers for the country’s healing be answered. The November 5 activity has no colors. It stands for transparency, clarity of vision, purity of heart,” Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas said in a video.




Cultural Presentation

Civil society organizations and lay groups express their support for the CBCP’s call. Former Civil Service Commission Chair Karina Constantino-David maintains that political speeches have no place in the said activity.“Although we will tackle relevant issues, this will be through cultural presentations,” David said.




General Program

“Songs, plays, spoken word performances and numbers by artists are in the program. Discussion of issues is through cultural presentations, and not by speeches,” added the Tindig Pilipinas co-founder of. After a 3 p.m. Mass at Edsa Shrine by Villegas, a candle-lit procession brings the image of Our Lady of Fatima to the People Power Monument.









Healing Force

The “Lord Heal our Land Sunday” activity may be a show of force against drug-related killings. A kind of prayer rally for victims of the drug war. However, it is only the beginning of a 33-day “Start the Healing” period. The faithful are requested to pray the rosary and receive Holy Communion every day until Dec. 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Regardless of the religious line up, the background of organizers can still speak for its real motives.




 

No politics, just prayers for healing in Edsa rally




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‘Walk for Life’ Turnout not Enough for Another People Power Revolution?

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welcome By: Elena Grace Flores

CBCP President and Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas urges Catholic patrons to walk for life. Not with blood, not with dead bodies, but with prayer, with courage to walk to stand up for life. There are thousands of people who participated but not enough to stage another People Power Revolution.





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[VIDEO]: The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, urges Filipinos to join the ‘Walk for Life’ against extrajudicial killings, the death penalty, and other anti-life measures on February 18, 2017, at the Quirino Grandstand.



Testing the Waters?

Critics say that the “Walk for Life” event is a way to check if Filipinos are still one with the People Power Revolution in 1986. Although there are thousands of attendees, they are far fewer than what is needed for a revolt.




Audit the Curch?

Anti-crime advocates express concern over the possible use of Church money to campaign against the re-imposition of the death penalty. Dante Jimenez, founding chairman of the Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC), said that there is no way to find out if the donations made by members of the Catholic Church are used to fund the anti-death penalty drive because the church can’t be subject for audit. They don’t pay taxes as well.




Not for Criminals

Villegas, the president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, explains that the prayer rally is for those who can no longer speak due to fear for their lives. It is not to defend drug addicts and killers. Criminals should be arrested, charged, sentenced and jailed to correct their wrongdoings. Guilt should be proven in a court of law, not by the bullet,” he said.






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Due Process is Priority

Vigilante killings already exist in the Philippines ever since time immemorial. The only difference now is, it’s highly publicized. Not to promote peace but to try to destabilize the government. Even before the president is elected, his critics vow to make him responsible for extra-judicial killings in Davao when he was still a mayor. The ‘Walk of Life’ sad to say is highly political and the church is guilty of supporting the president’s detractors.



http://www.manilatimes.net/church-holds-walk-life-vs-killings-death-penalty/312841/

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/872655/walk-of-life-prayer-rally-defends-life-not-criminals-villegas