Opposition members join Mass ahead of Pres. Duterte’s SONA

Opposition members join Mass ahead of Pres. Duterte’s SONA

Among the Mass attendees: Liberal Party members VP Leni Robredo, Senators Bam Aquino & Risa Hontiveros; Sen. Antonio Trillanes; fmr peace panel chief Teresita Deles; fmr CHR chair Etta Rosales

Opposition members joined members of a lay Christian organization in a Mass at the University of the Philippines (UP)-Diliman on Sunday, a day before President Rodrigo Duterte’s third State of the Nation Address (SONA).

Among the personalities who attended the Mass were Vice President Leni Robredo, Senators Bam Aquino, Risa Hontiveros, and Antonio Trillanes IV, former government peace negotiator Teresita Deles, and former Human Rights chief Etta Rosales.

In his homily, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabilio slammed the proposed shift to federalism, which he believes is not the solution to the country’s pressing problems. He said true leaders are like Jesus Christ, willing to lay down their lives for others.

Besides, Hindi solusyon ang Cha-cha, ang pederalismo. Sana ang solusyon nila ay tataya sila sa mga pangako nila. Ang dami na nating narinig na magre-leave ‘pag di natupad. At di naman natupad ang pangako niya,” Pabilio said in a slight to President Duterte.

Duterte to move Federalism

“Wala naman nangyari. Maniniwala daw ba tayo na kapag andito na ang pederalismo, magre-leave?” the religious administrator included.

Duterte promised a move to federalism when he was battling amid the 2016 decisions. He considers federalism to be an answer for the unequal advancement in the nation that has left a few districts in destitution while Metro Manila flourishes monetarily.

The Mass has praised in accordance with the dispatch of the Purple Cross Movement started by lay Catholics with regards to their confidence following President Duterte’s comments against God, said legal counselor Ma. Aleta Tolentino, one of the gathering’s “prime movers.”

Australian religious recluse Patricia Fox, who has been requested extradited by the Immigration, additionally joined the Mass. The Immigration Bureau prior arranged Fox’s expelling for as far as anyone knows abusing the terms of her preacher visa.

Fr. Robert Reyes and Bro. Armin Luistro were likewise at the Mass in help of the gathering. “Kailangan natin pag-aralan how the congregation won’t be easygoing however decisive with all due respect of the confidence,” Reyes said.

Zealous gatherings likewise joined the gathering after the Mass.

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