MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – An official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has called on the public to join the protests on Friday against the burial of former President Ferdinand Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani (Heroes’ Cemetery).
Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo, head of the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity, said the Catholic Church is in solidarity with the protesters, especially those who are martial law victims.
The announcement by the CBCP seems to be aimed at countering a different and huge rally today to protest the Catholic Church’s huge financial investments. Reports indicate that CBCP has 30 Billion pesos invested in the Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) alone.
A spokesperson for the anti-church rally who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of being excommunicated, said that Filipino Catholics are tired of the Church meddling in politics while enjoying tax exemptions and accumulating huge investments in the financial market.
The spokesperson said the Catholic Church needs to walk the talk by helping the poor and downtrodden. “It should divest itself of its billions of pesos and distribute the money to those most in need,” he said.
The venue of the anti-church rally has not been disclosed. “It will be a surprise,” the spokesperson added.