By Ramon Tulfo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
PRESIDENT Noy, in his search for people to fill up key positions in his administration, has allegedly displeased a religious sect that supported him in the last election.
Iglesia ni Cristo’s Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo has allegedly written the President to ignore all his recommendees for some positions in government, according to a source close to Ka Eduardo, as he is known to his flock.
The source claimed that Ka Eduardo had said in his letter that the INC was freeing the President from the pressure of considering people recommended by the church for certain posts in his government.
My source inside the INC said there were positions that Ka Eduardo had asked P-Noy to fill up with persons from the ranks of the INC, but such requests were allegedly ignored.
The source added that the INC head had said that those whom P-Noy has appointed to key positions upon his recommendation can either be removed or they can choose to resign.
One of INC’s recommendees is Director Magtanggol Gatdula of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The source said the religious sect’s withdrawal of support from the Aquino administration is expected to have grave political repercussions for the fledgling administration.
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P-Noy should stand up to the Catholic Church as well.
Catholic priests and bishops have been interfering in the affairs of the past presidents, especially the one that P-Noy succeeded.
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo was reported to have given in to almost all the orders to her by the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP).
The President, a Catholic, should show that he has a mind of his own by turning down directives from the CBCP if such orders run contrary to the people’s welfare.
He should ask his allies in the House of Representatives and in the Senate to pass the Reproductive Health Bill that aims to control our exploding population by giving couples a choice of birth control methods.
Most Filipinos, including Catholics, want the controversial bill passed.
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Ironically, people who are scared of going to hell are sinners.
They commit sin, according to the definition of most religions, more than people who don’t care at all.
Those people who fear the fires of hell go to church every Sunday and pray fervently for their salvation. But when they get home from church they treat their housemaids like slaves.
And if they are government officials, they steal from the people without mercy.
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I remember helping a housemaid who was hit with a chopping board in the face by her employer so many times that she looked like a character from the movie, “Planet of the Apes.”
Zenaida Latoga was 25 years old when she escaped from her employer of 10 years and was wandering aimlessly on a street in Mandaluyong when she was picked up by Good Samaritans and taken to “Isumbong mo kay Tulfo” office several years ago.
I noticed that she was wearing a bell attached to a rope around her waist. She said it was so her employer would know in what part of the house she was.
I had the employer arrested the same day by agents of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG).
You know who visited the employer at the police precinct?
Her fellow church members who prayed over her so she would be saved from the clutches of evil!