Filipinos could learn from the Iglesia ni Cristo on how to conduct protest rallies

29_Edsa-INC-300x200The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has occupied a portion of EDSA since Friday night, August 28, 2015, and it looks like there is no sign of their backing down, at least not until end of Sunday, August 30, when their rally permit expires. Their presence on EDSA had added to what was already an uncomfortable traffic problem. It was not only the start of a long weekend, it was a payday weekend, and now the INC had to come along and make things worse, so thought the commuting public stuck in traffic that night.

Grace Poe, Jejomar Binay, and Mar Roxas – the three names who are seen to be vying for president in next year’s elections, all made statements regarding the rally. While Poe and Binay essentially went the “they have a right to protest” route, Mar Roxas chose the “maximum tolerance” and “please do not inconvenience others” spiels.

That, of course, hasn’t worked out well until now, has it?

The seemingly apparent reason that none of the three, most especially Roxas, as the “resigned” Department of Interior and Local Government secretary, has advocated dispersal of the crowd – violent if needed – is because they will not risk crossing the INC and losing the bloc voting strength that it is perceived to represent. It is no secret that the INC exerts a lot of political pull on the Philippine government, and that its members are deeply entrenched and involved at many levels. Prospective candidates all clamor and will gladly step on one another to gain the oh-so-coveted endorsement. Thus, the government can only stand back and be ineffectual and be reduced to sound bites about pleading for maximum tolerance and avoidance of inconveniencing the rest of the populace.

After seeing my timeline splattered with numerous updates all about the INC rally in EDSA, I couldn’t help but remember just how spectacularly previous protests against the government have failed. Million People March, or PDAF March, whatever they were called, anyone? They were seemingly one-off events; no one has managed to organize another protest despite the incessant in-your-face incompetence and ineffectiveness that the Aquino administration has been showing.

The INC walked up to EDSA, inconvenienced the rest of the riding public, and they didn’t give a damn about what everyone else thinks. The apparent reason they went there in the first place was they didn’t like what they thought was Department of Justice (DOJ) Secretary Leila de Lima’s giving undue attention to the cases involving certain ministers of the INC. Word has it that the flock was passed a message that “their religion was under attack by the government”. And how does a zealot react when you threaten that which is very dear to his/her way of life? Expect things to get violent.

Whether you agree or not with the reason the INC is protesting in the first place, and whether or not you agree with their methods, you’ve got to admit that they seem to be showing qualities that are needed for protest rallies to succeed.

Commitment, single-mindedness, and resolve – without these, any action “to make the people’s voices heard” will eventually fizzle out, if not quickly.

Protest rallies not only get attention, but work only if the threat of greater disorder is implied unless you listen to the protesters. Whether they were aware of it or not, the INC pushed a hot button that the public in general has had with the Philippine government – the traffic situation. Their presence on EDSA may have earned them the ire of quite a few of the non-INC populace, but they have come out making the government look more inutile than it already is. Plus, the administration, and other politicians in general, still perceive the INC to hold some sort of bloc voting strength that could very well determine who wins elections.

There is one word that describes what the INC has, which is actually also used in the context of business negotiations: leverage. The INC is holding the government and the public by the balls, and they will continue squeezing until they get what they want. It is up to the government whether they will do the right thing, or the popular thing; we all know which one they’re going to choose to do now, don’t we?

To balance things out, if there are things protesters could take from the INC, then there are also behaviors which they should not emulate. One example of which is the poor sod shown below:

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Protip: always make sure that you know what the hell your group is protesting about in the first place.

The second behavior that people should not emulate is much harder for Filipinos, regardless of INC or non-INC. It’s sort of like asking them to stop breathing. One has only to look at the picture below to see what I mean:

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Protip: always make sure to clean up after yourselves.

Final protip: Song and dance numbers have no place in a protest which is supposed to be serious.

The fact that one single religious organization can cause so much trouble, that Filipinos and their government are effectively paralyzed in dealing with it, should be enough to tell you just how seriously screwed up Filipino society is.

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Cezar
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This is a perfect example of how the people of the Philippines can turn the tide of a the democratic society…..if people of the Philippines are smart and care not only their self interest ,,,the people can organized and become a force to be afraid off…peaceful protest like in South Africa can turn the tide in the people’s favor in the Philippines…Let the government fear the people and not the people the government ..organized , team work ..,its time for the people to tell the government it has to change and start serving the interest of the people…..INC knows the… Read more »
mrericx
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Beware INC kung si Duterte ang magiging bagong pangulo sa ating bansa sa susunod na taon, umalis na kayo agad at pumunta na lang kayo sa isang bansa na pwede mag-rally kahit na walang permit at hindi na kailangan ng “rule of law”. Question, saan bansa kaya yon? Sa Mexico? Sa Brazil? Sa Greece? Hmmm… :\

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26Toro007Hayden999.999

Aquino has trouble with the ISIS/AL QUEDA/MILF in Mindanao. This INK problem is another religious/political problem, that is coming out. And, the Center of Conflict is at EDSA. How ironic…

Of course, Roxas, Binay, Grace Poe, etc…are all afraid of the Inglesia Ni Kristo. They are afraid to lose the Block Votes…

If Filipinos, could show this kind of Resolve, when, they do not like what their government is doing. Or, any “Pontio Pilato” public official, is doing. Then, we can improve things in our country…and make any public official behave and do their work…

vagoneto rieles
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‘Arrogant’, ‘self-important’, ‘insensitive’ and ‘selfish’ are words that best describe a band of people that would think nothing of badgering, annoying and distressing others who try to live their normal lives, as best they can, in an already stressful environment. This is what the ‘Iglesia Ni Cristo’ has done to the innocent and harried commuters along EDSA these last couple of days. If the exercise was to draw attention to their present plight, they succeeded..absolutely. If the goal was sympathy, or just empathy from the public, they probably failed miserably. They simply gained the ire and condemnation of those adversely… Read more »
Eterio Herrera
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The Controversial files of the illuminati in the Destruction of Marcos in the Philippines.

Eterio Herrera
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MAD PNOY PDAF PORK BARREL SCAM OF Senatong Tanda and his napolist list bathub of money auditors with the cooperation of tongressman toofast to convict Justice Corona lagay to the bone, the number one reason of why in Asia that the Philippines is the number one Corrupt Country of the making of MAD PNOY third world status legacy for 32 years of Broaddaylight corruption.

Naknak
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Walang kawala sa pagiging Pinoy mga INC members. Bulag na pagsuporta sa kanilang pinuno (behavior no. 1 – sumusunod lang sa utos ng ministro) at walang disiplina (behavior no. 2 – tapon ng basura kahit saan).

A Abella
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Let’s take a break from the discussion. How about some puto and dinuguan, anyone?

Anonni
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d_forsaken
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Those who profess to favor freedom and yet depreciate agitation, are people who want crops without ploughing the ground; they want rain without thunder and lightning; they want the ocean without the roar of its many waters. The struggle may be a moral one, or it may be a physical one, or it may be both. But it must be a struggle. Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.

Eterio Herrera
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its time for the Pilipinos to show the real MAD PNOY Hacienda luisita self interest yellow deception of the removal of JUstice Corona, where Senatong Tanda and tongressman toofast to convict with bribed bathub money of napolis money bathtub auditors. Yes, Justice Corona was removed because he was a hindrance to the distribution of the hacienda to the mendiola massacred victims farmers of tarlac. More people power to the Iglesia ni Kristo ang tunay na kapatid na nagbunyag ng kasamaan ng yellow oligarchs na mang aaping asindero.

Eterio Herrera
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its time for the Pilipinos to show the real MAD PNOY Hacienda luisita self interest yellow deception of the removal of JUstice Corona, where Senatong Tanda and tongressman toofast to convict with bribed bathub money
of napolis money bathtub auditors. Yes, Justice Corona was removed because he was a hindrance to the distribution of the hacienda to the mendiola massacred victims farmers of tarlac. More people power to the Iglesia ni Kristo ang tunay na kapatid na nagbunyag ng kasamaan ng yellow oligarchs na mang aaping asindero.

lanceta
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I thought it was a prayer rally/vigil. 😛