“Linawin lang po natin, ito po ay gagawin pangungunahan ng mga Pari hindi po pupwedeng sumama ang mga tao sa prosisyon o sa paglalakad para po hindi tayo masita na parang nangunguna tayo sa pagsuway, sa paglabag ng protocol kasi sabi nga po walang prosisyon so ito po ay hindi prosisyon kundi maglalakad lang po ang mga Pari papunta dun sa Sta. Cruz Church”.
This was the reminder of Fr. Douglas Badong, Parochial Vicar of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church, about the Penitential Walk on June 1, which is part of the Archdiocesan Day of Prayer and Fasting.
Fr. Badong further explained that the priests will be representing the faithful of the various parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila in seeking God’s mercy and forgiveness as the country faces challenges and tough times. This is also in accordance with the protocols implemented by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) to avoid the spread of the virus.
The June 1 event, according to the priest, has nothing to do with politics or is not a political rally rather it is a way for the Church to seek the Lord’s mercy and compassion through penitential acts and prayer.
The priest however said that they will include in prayers all the government officials that they will always keep in mind the common good of the people.
“This is not a political rally, this is a penitential walk. It has nothing to do with [politics]. Of course, we pray for all leaders to make the decision clear, but most of all, it is a turn to God to help us. we can cope and overcome what we are going through due to the pandemic, so this is not a political rally,” Fr. Badong said.
Earlier, Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila first announced that Manila Mayor Isko Domagoso has permitted the conduct of the said event with only the Manila clergy in attendance. (Jheng Prado/RCAM AOC | Photo of Fr. Douglas Badong from Quiapo Facebook Page)