Sunday, November 5, 2017

"Heal our Land" not a destabilization move but to express frustration, anger

Photo from Tindig Pilipinas Facebook page

On Sunday, cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas has supported the call of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines for support, as well as Civil Service Commission Chair Karina Constantino-David.

The said church activity as mentioned by CBCP, was purely Mass and procession, and not a rally to destabilize the president.

According to Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas though a Facebook post, the purpose of the activity was to ask for prayers for the country’s healing.

“Let us ask that our prayers for the country’s healing be answered. The November 5 activity has no colors. It will stand for transparency, clarity of vision, purity of heart,” Soc Villegas said in a video posted on his Facebook account.

“We won’t be there to shout and hold a rally. We will pray and whisper to Jesus’ heart to ask for forgiveness, forgiveness for the country that sinned,” he added.

Meanwhile, the opposition cause-oriented group Tindig Pilipinas told GMA News Online that;

"Dissent is not destabilization. Dissent is a right under democracy and we are just exercising our right," Jozy Acosta-Nisperos of Tindig Pilipinas said.

"Ang intent naman namin is not to give a bad image to the Philippines. Hindi 'yun ang purpose namin. Our purpose right now is to express our frustration, our anger... hindi 'yan para magmukha silang masama," Acosta-Nisperos also said.

She also shared the overwhelming number of people who joined their call for unity and peaceful protest, with an estimated crowd size of 20,000 as of 6:30 in the evening.

"Talagang overwhelming, in fact before the procession came from the church, more than half fills na 'yung place and people are very participative," Acosta-Nisperos said

However, the police said the estimated number of people at the said event is 4, 000 only.

This activity was reportedly the start of a 33-day series of activities that aim to strengthen their call to stop the killings in the country under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Source: Inquirer, GMA News