This weekend, members of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) protested their rights and beliefs along EDSA causing massive traffic that left several citizens stranded for hours. Many have turned to social media to express anger or sympathy toward the said group.
Citizens also began to question where the government was in all this and why despite the trouble it has been causing, has the government barely interfered. Speculations were that politicians feared being involved because of INC’s BLOC VOTING, which they feel is crucial for the upcoming election.
For those unaware of how INC’s bloc voting works, our favorite Senyora Santibanez shares her conversation with an INC member on her Twitter page:
However, concerned citizen Mr. Bernard Ong has other thoughts on this matter and posts a reasonable argument online:
“For eternity, we accepted INC’s bloc-vote peddling & politicians’ pandering as part of politics-as-usual. We tolerated their televised family feud. Abductions of their own. Even their rally at Padre Faura. Those were best left for the courts & proper venues to resolve.
Something changed when INC mob caused monstrous traffic jam last Fri night. EDSA is hell enough on regular hours. That was the last straw. Wrong move. We’re mad.
Now we will closely watch INC – its bloc-voting, lobbying & horse-trading. Same with the politicians who sell their souls in exchange for votes.
Politicians are afraid of them. Binay. Poe. Bongbong – all pandered. Roxas mumbled something about keeping order but PNP which reports to him didn’t disperse illegal mob that caused 6 hour closure of busiest road in the country. Millions stranded.
No major politican has balls to say what is so obviously wrong. This is the Philippines. When you want something done, you have to do-it-yourself. It’s not enough to vent on social media, we have to DO something.
Let’s do the math. INC = 2.5m members. 1.5m voters. 80% bloc = 1.2m votes. Not as many as you think. INC delays endorsement close to election day. Then makes up list very close to polling results. Makes their endorsement look more potent that it really is.
Here is what we should do. Monitor who among national politicians (P. VP. Senators) solicit & receive INC endorsement. Friends in media, help us find out please. Then don’t vote for these guys. Just don’t. Reverse bloc voting. Impose a penalty greater than what they gain from INC.
I’m sure we are more than 1.2m. Voters who went through EDSA hell last Fri night alone should be more than that. Let’s take our country back from theocrats & trapos.
Share please. If you are mad like me.
(Due apologies to my INC friends. I hope you are the 20% who make up their own mind. This is not against your religious belief. But the bloc-votes for sale business has to stop. It is not good for progress. It benefits a few – our politicians & your ministers – and impoverishes many. Help us end this from inside.)
What do you think of Mr. Ong’s argument? Do you agree and plan to go along with his plans?