‘God favors underdogs’: Manila bishop conducts mass for Trillanes

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 08 2018 11:14 PM | Updated as of Sep 09 2018 02:47 PM

A Manila Catholic bishop believes Sen. Antonio Trillanes is a victim of oppression. George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

MANILA—What do land reform beneficiaries, anti-mining advocates, urban poor, and dismissed workers have in common with Sen. Antonio Trillanes?

They are all oppressed by giants, according to Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, who celebrated mass with Trillanes' supporters outside the Senate grounds on Saturday night.

“Ang Diyos ay may special na pagpapanig sa mga underdogs. Because our God is a God of justice. At ang injustices nangyayari kapag ang mga makapangyarihan inaapi-api nila ang mahihina, mababa sa kanila," he said.

Trillanes has been staying at his office in the Senate since President Rodrigo Duterte declared his amnesty void.

“We are praying for Sen. Trillanes and offering this mass kasi nakita po natin dito ang maliwanag na pag-o-oppress. Pag-o-oppress na naghahanap lang ng dahilan para ibilanggo,” Pabillo said in his homily.

Pabillo said their prayer was not only for Trillanes’ strength and endurance, but also for officials to be focused on real problems facing the nation and for Filipinos to speak out against injustices.

“We pray for the people in the government, that their ears may be opened sa daing ng mga tao na siyang mensahe ng Diyos sa kanila. Andaming problema ng bayan, at ang immediate na problema natin, ang mahihirap ay dumadaing sa mga presyo sa bigas na matataas ang presyo. 'Yan ang daing nila na walang trabaho, korapsyon," he said.

"Ano naman kinalaman ng pagtanggal nitong amnesty sa senator sa mga problemang iyan? Hindi ba nililihis tayo sa ibigay ang atensyon natin sa mga problema ng bayan, ay ito pa yung gagawin? Kaya parang hindi nakabukas ang kanilang tenga sa kalagayan ng mga tao ngayon at sana huwag din tayo ma-divert.”

Pabillo called for the country to strengthen its voice.

“Ito ay ang dasal natin para sa atin mismo at para sa taumbayan, na tayo rin ay magsalita, that we will not be mapipilitan na maging pipi na may nakikita na may masamang nangyayari, may mga pang-aapi at tayo’y nananahimik lang. Dapat palakasin natin ang ating boses, sabihin na hindi ito tama, hindi ito tama at kailangan baguhin.”

After the mass, supporters lit candles and conducted a march, culminating with the singing of the nationalist song “Bayan Ko”.

Sen. Kiko Pangilinan also met with Trillanes earlier in the night.

He said Trillanes was in a good condition and that he had gotten rest the previous night—which was also bared by Trillanes in his earlier press conference.