Priest says drop in Duterte ratings 'cause for celebration and rejoicing'

Anjo Bagaoisan, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 09 2018 10:40 PM

MANILA - A priest called the 8-point drop in President Rodrigo Duterte’s trust rating as a “cause for celebration and rejoicing.”

Fr. Joselito “Bong” Sarabia, who gave the homily at a Mass held by supporters of Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV outside the Senate grounds on Sunday, saw the drop in the President’s rating as a sign of change and an encouragement for those opposing Duterte.

“Nagbabago ang ibang mga tao. We just have to continue on. Let us not fear defeat,” he said.

“Ayaw natin mapabilang na in the view of history na hindi tayo nakipaglaban," Sarabia added.

Fr. Sarabia said there is a fight against moves to change the mindset and conscience of people, particularly in accepting what was previously considered wrong.

He mentioned in that light media personalities such as the Tulfo brothers and Presidential Communications Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson. 

“We are not against these persons; we are against their stance,” he said.

Participants of the Mass also staged a procession outside the Senate grounds while carrying candles and praying the Rosary.

Activist priest Fr. Robert Reyes, who joined the Mass and procession, said this was as reminder to the least fortunate that God was journeying with them.


Meanwhile, Fr. Reyes called on members of the military to act according to truth, justice, the law, and their nationalism.

This, after Armed Forces of the Philippines chief of staff Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr. issued a call on the armed forces not to take sides in partisan politics.

“Hindi po kayo tuta o alipin ng isang tao. Ang pinaglilingkuran niyo, kami ang taumbayan, hindi isang tao. Magising po kayo, ginagamit kayo, kayo’y ginogoyo,” Reyes said, referring to the recently released film about Gen. Gregorio Del Pilar.

“Kayo po’y sundalo ng bayan, hindi kayo private army ng isang tao. Mahiya-hiya naman kayo sa inyong balat. Wake up and go back to your people, to us.

“He should not dictate upon you to betray the Constitution and the Filipino people. Pabayaan niyo na po si Sen. Trillanes.”

Reyes said supporters would finish the 9-day novena to the Lady of Penafrancia which they began on Saturday as part of their gesture of support for Trillanes.

At a Mass presided by Bishop Broderick Pabillo on Saturday, he described Trillanes as an underdog who was favored by God