Inquirer columnist Randy David spoke of a “gridlock culture” in his Feb. 29 commentary in relation to the Iglesia ni Cristo prayer rally that paralyzed Metro Manila traffic the previous day.

We might as well speak of a political gridlock arising from the propensity of some politicians, such as Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago, to throw their weight around—literally and figuratively—as we have seen in the ongoing Corona impeachment trial.

Prosecution lawyer Vitaliano Aguirre is right: If you demand respect, you must see to it that you yourself deserve respect. Santiago has lost all credibility by lawyering for Corona even as she sits as a senator-judge. I think she is a teacher by negative example to the 3,000 Bar passers whom Chief Justice Renato Corona vainly tried to recruit to his defense team, but whose sense of propriety prevented them from doing so.

As to the Iglesia ni Cristo, they may be contributing to the political gridlock as well by mixing politics and religion, but after a fashion. Or not too well. They said that the Luneta prayer rally was a purely evangelical event. But we all know it plays politics come every election, in exchange for political concessions, such as appointments of members to certain positions. The group held a similar prayer rally that was an undisguised show of support for Erap when he was impeached in 2000, but look what happened. I wonder how it would react if Corona is unceremoniously booted out of his Padre Faura office kicking and screaming after the Senate impeachment court is through with him?



  1. Monisima says:

    That rally was a great inconvenience to so many frustrated commuters who couldn’t get any public transportation home. I am trying to do research on the INC but there seems to be some secrecy involved and a lot of rumors. I have met some INC people and they were very nice, mix in well, and don’t bring up their faith unless the topic is brought up coincidentally. I wonder what makes them work as a group in bloc voting and other things, however. In trying to understand them, I feel, “the more you know, the less you know.”

  2. the Whit says:

    “Gridlock culture” happened last year of Feb. 28 which happened again Monday Philippine Time. “Perwisyong publiko” over weighed their supposed public service.

    Coincidentally this did not only displeased the general public but also the One who can shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.

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