Today’s Philippine Daily Inquirer headline says: Church backs the farmers
Their story deserves to be heard. Let the nation know of their plight, their perseverance, their journey and the injustice that they seek to redress. Their story needs to be told so that the people will know what made them make this very long journey on foot. They have arrived and let their story by heard.
Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales, in his homily said that in any conflict between the rich and the poor, the rich always has the advantage. It is about time that the LAW SHOULD BE BENT IN FAVOR OF THE POOR the good Cardinal said. He requested the Sumilao farmers to take his letter addressed to Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. I personally think that this is a brilliant tactic from the Cardinal who had been the Archbishop of Malayabalay, Bukidnon for 11 years. By making them take his letter to the President, the ball is now in the hands of Malakanyang – stop the Sumilao farmers then they are stopping the messengers of the good Cardinal. Snob the Sumilao farmers and Gloria will be turning her back on the good Cardinal.
I have not been to church for a long time now. Last night’s Mass was very meaningful. At last, the church is taking the side of the poor. I find the Cardinal’s “bend the law in favor of the poor” message strong and clear. I don’t think government needs to bend the law… it only needs to IMPLEMENT the law and surely it will be in favor of the Sumilao farmers.
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