The Manila Times : Religious leaders rally behind Marcos' call to ease restrictions

News & Interviews
23 August 2021

By Bernadette E. Tamayo | The Manila Times

THE appeal of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. to ease quarantine restrictions on places of worship has raised hope for leaders of different church ministries.
Willy Lasac of the Worldwide Soul Winners said Marcos "is God's instrument to help make the church stronger during this difficult and uncertain time."

"We really appreciate your heart, Sen. Bongbong Marcos for putting yourself in our place and trying to keep in mind our wellbeing, physically, socially and mentally," he said in a statement.

"You are God's instrument, for such a time as this, to make us the church God wants us and needs us to be," Lasac added.

The Cenacle Harvest Ministries said Marcos' understanding of their predicament was a "manifestation he was raised in a God-fearing home."

"At this point in time, we are holding on to our faith alone to cheer us up and not to be consumed by fear, insecurity and anxiety," the ministry said in a separate statement.

"We are looking to the church as an agent of change that will do God's mission of restoration and reconciliation and wholeness in the face of brokenness, alienation and illness."

"You have been raised up in a God-fearing home which is being conveyed by the fact you understand our predicament right now," the Cenacle said.

Meanwhile, Pastor Kenneth Andrew Durante of the Biyaya ng Diyos Revival Church said it is blessed Marcos "took the cudgels" for the church and other places of worship to give people opportunity to express their faith while the country battles the pandemic.

"We support former Sen. Bongbong Marcos in his desire to open all houses of worship during this pandemic," Durante said.

"We are blessed because there is someone like him who stood and took charge with initiative for the work of the church, so as to give people the opportunity to express their faith and believe Jesus is our blessed hope in this pandemic," he said.