What is it about nuns and the way they play “guardian angel” to supposedly “oppressed” public figures?
Back in 2008, it was star “whistle-blower” Jun Lozada — a key witness in the ZTE broadband deal — making a spectacle of himself hiding behind the skirts of a phalanx of nuns as he emerged from hiding at the La Salle Greenhills campus.
Now, in 2017, embattled Senator Leila De Lima reprises the same stunt, as if to show that the Philippines’ Roman Catholic Church still towers above government as a source of legitimacy.
The soundbites sound familiar. “They can’t silence me!” crows De Lima. Back in 2008 it was Lozada promising fans during a rally, “dito magpapasabog ng katotohanan!” (“from here will come an explosion of truth!”).
Even more familiar — and increasingly trite — is the manner with which Filipino nuns presume to protect a Philippine Senator from the imagined clutches of her own government.
Nuns, of course, are no match for state officers who may soon descend upon De Lima to serve an arrest warrant. They will be of no consequence to a judge who will rule on the basis of evidence and not out of deference to the cloth. They will also leave a public long made weary by an institution that promises nothing in life and everything after death utterly unimpressed.
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