With or without any mass action being staged along Epifanio de los Santos Ave. (EDSA), motor vehicle traffic will remain a mess.
But the two-day Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) gathering of up to 10,000 members jammed Our Lady of EDSA Shrine, paralyzing the traffic altogether.
The INC knew just how to drive home the point, placing the Aquino administration in a checkmate position in the face of continued chaos after the long weekend.
The one million-strong sect wants Justice Secretary Leila de Lima stopped from acting on the alleged “illegal detention” case lodged by two members against their top church officials.
The INC, headed by Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, maintains that the controversy is purely an internal church issue or “autonomous” matter, so to speak.
We have utmost respect for Secretary De Lima for fulfilling her sworn duty and we do respect INC’s arguments, too.
We are not in a position to delve into the legal merits of the case now that the INC brethren deserted EDSA, and it looks like we, the general public, are left out of the loop as to the Malacañang-INC “deal” that ended “EDSA 4” Sunday morning.
Amid the INC victory celebration reminiscent of the excitement after the government and the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) struck a peace deal, we are left with the damn traffic on EDSA and everywhere else.
And, while stuck in traffic, the rest of us who belong to the 90 million Catholics could not help but realize what 10,000 INC members can accomplish by showing their unity on EDSA.
We could not help but realize, too, that a sissy and indolent bozo has occupied the Palace for five years.
Man, how long did it take for Malacañang’s bright heads to do something to back De Lima since the monster INC rally began.
Just like the way it backed down to the MILF, whose fighters mowed down Special Action Force troops, Malacañang succumbed to the INC. Under threat of continued traffic jams, the INC street protest has revealed Noynoy’s weakness.
What a fitting demise to an arrogant mascot who had belittled the million people’s march protest against pork barrel, massive anomalies, brazen selective justice and widespread poverty.
Pcso ‘scam’ involves lgu execs
We are closely following reports about an alleged scam at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
One “Nicanot Flavier” is masterminding and serving as a conduit between unscrupulous PCSO officials and local government units (LGU) in deals with contractors and suppliers, fleecing the PCSO of funds supposedly intended for the purchase of medicines for LGUs’ constituents.
According to my informants, Flavier rakes in tens of millions of pesos in commission, representing 10 to 50 percent of the total costs of the purchases while mayors and governors pocket their 10 percent kickback.
Flavier usually instructs the LGU executive to “under-deliver” or “not to deliver medicines at all to their unsuspecting constituents.
And, failure to deal with Flavier and his cohort PCSO officials would mean “long delays” in the release of their checks.
PCSO chairman Erineo Maliksi and General Manager Jose Ferdinand Roxas may want to check out what is going on at the releasing office.
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