MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – It was supposed to be a peaceful and spiritual climax to many months of rigorous campaigning for Liberal Party standard-bearers Mar Roxas and Leni Robredo.
On the day before the final “miting de avance,” the party’s presidential and vice presidential candidates decided to attend church services at a local cathedral to pray for victory in Monday’s elections. They were accompanied by about a dozen or so supporters in their trademark yellow t-shirts.
At the end of the service as they were leaving the cathedral, Roxas and Robredo flashed the “L” sign as a way to thank the clergy who helped in the celebration, music and liturgy.
To their surprise, the clergy – bishops, priests and brothers — flashed back not the “L” sign but the “closed fist” sign, making known their support and approval for rival presidential candidate, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.
Sometimes, just praying quietly is more than sufficient.