Last September 13, 2013, church people and church leaders gathered at the Central United Methodist Church for an Ecumenical Service for Truth, Justice and Accountability. The service brought together constituents of NCCP member-churches. The church was packed with people, an indicator that church people are indignant of the corruption happening in our country particularly on the issue of pork barrel. Church people are rising against the abject poverty of many of our fellow human beings while leaders steal from the very people whom they have sworn to serve.
Chief Justice Reynato S. Puno (Ret.), the guest preacher at the ecumenical service aptly talked about justice. God’s justice is biased in favor of the unwashed, the unwanted, the marginalized, the oppressed, and the powerless; that’s God’s justice is restorative. We, the people of God are called, indeed required to do justice – to free the downtrodden from the shackles of modern-day slavery.
After the service, people marched towards Luneta to continue to pressure the government about the pork barrel issue. From Central UMC, the fairly large contingent of Protestant Churches walked along Kalaw St. then left to Ma. Orosa up to Padre Burgos. The group turned left to Padre Burgos towards Roxas boulevard and eventually towards the field in front of Quirino Grandstand. At Padre Burgos, the Protestant church contingent was met by the Roman Catholics led by the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines who were marching along Palacio Street. Then side by side, they marched towards Luneta for an inter-faith prayer for the nation.