Makati Rally Today; PNP on Alert; Protesters to Condemn Alleged Controversies in Gov't Police Brace for Huge Rally on Ayala Avenue
Byline: LESLIE ANN G. AQUINO
Members of various religious groups, together with civil society and other sectors, will gather along Ayala Avenue in Makati City today for an inter-faith rally to condemn corruption in government.
Participants of the interf-aith rally, which will start at 5 p.m., will storm the heavens with prayers for truth, justice, accountability and meaningful change in the country amid the alleged controversies hounding the Arroyo administration.
"We need God's help for us to have the courage and (keep) fighting for truth and justice," Lingayen- Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said during Wednesday's press briefing in Intramuros, Manila.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) meanwhile assured that it will field all its available personnel to ensure that the mass action in Makati will be peaceful and orderly.
Makati Business Club (MBC) Executive Director Alberto Lim urged employers to allow their employees to join today's rally. "I encourage employers to allow their employees to join the rally. Join us there. Come out of your workplace. It's time for us to make a stand," Lim said.
Members of Catholic and Protestant groups will march from the Gabriela Silang monument on Ayala Ave. corner Makati Ave., towards Ayala Ave. corner Paseo de Roxas at 3:30 p.m.
Among the groups participating in the march are Solidarity Philippines, National Council of Churches in the Philippines (NCCP), Inter-Faith Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Network, Promotion of Church People's Response, Kapatirang Simbahan para sa Bayan, Kairos Philippines, United Church of Christ in the Philippines, United Methodist Church, Iglesia Filipina Independiente and other churches
At 4:30 p.m., seminarians from the St. Andrews Theological Seminary will perform the pattong, a traditional Cordillera unity dance, while religious leaders will walk from the Ninoy Aquino monument towards the main stage.
A leader of the Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines-NCR will also give an opening message. There will also be an interfaith prayers and messages to be delivered by different church leaders focusing on the theme "Katotohanan, Katarungan at Pagbabago."
Meanwhile, Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales in an interview aired over Catholic-run Radio Veritas 846 discouraged the young from joining the rally for their safety. "We are discouraging the parents from tagging along their kids in the rally because there might be some pushing and shoving and they might get hurt," Rosales said
Yesterday, former President Joseph Estrada said yesterday he will join members of civil society and religious groups in the interfaith prayer rally today as he reiterated his call for President Arroyo to step down from her office. …