sedition, blackmail, whatever

“In response to the global economic crisis that we are facing today which everybody knows about, and in response to the pitiful state of our country, the time to rebuild our country economically, socially, politically, minus corruption is now. . . .

The time to start radical reforms is now. The time for moral regeneration is now. The time to conquer complacency, cynicism and apathy and to prove that we matured from our political disappointments is now. The time to prepare a new government is now. ”

strong words from cbcp president archbishop angel lagdameo.  strong words too from jaime cardinal sin’s annointed, bishop socrates villegas:

“We are not here to bring you peace. We are here to disturb you. I’m praying to God that after this meeting, may the Lord trouble you because the trouble that comes from the Lord is going to make you a better person and it’s going to make the country a better country.”

lagdameo even went so far as to foretell of reformist “liberators”:

“In spite of the seemingly hopeless and negative prognosis, our liberation may yet serendipitously happen. We are dreaming, praying and hoping that our county may yet have the needed liberators… (who)….will in a courageous peaceful way effectively and uncompromisingly reform our country.”

it’s hard to believe that it’s just the bishops’ way of blackmailing gloria into vetoing the reproductive health bill should it pass congress. gma is said to be all set to wield her veto power precisely to please the church, so why bother antagonizing her at this point?

can it be that the five bishops are really being seditious?  was that a coup alert — precursor of an edsa moment?  are they alerting the public to, priming the public for, some reformist (military, i presume) movements behind-the-scenes that they’ve become privy to, and which meet with their approval, shades of cardinal sin?

if yes, how capable would a divided cbcp be of doing a cardinal sin, with 7 out of 10 filipinos differing and disgusted with the church’s stand on the population, reproductive health, and sex education.  or is this their way na nga of winning back some pogi points kahit papaano.

who knows.  it could be that the cbcp bishops are pretendinglang to be split, hedging their bets as usual, telling white lies, hanggang venial sin lang kaya.