5 May 2019
MANILA — Fr. Robert Reyes on Sunday started his eight-day Honesty Run sa Senado to help promote the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates, even as he called for the junking of candidates who support China.
He called on voters to “look for content, look for substance, look for direction, look for genuine love of country, look for the real Filipinos.”
“Ang daming kandidatong maka-Tsina. Pag maka-Tsina, junk. Iboto lang ang kandidatong hindi susuportahan ang pangungutang ni Duterte sa Tsina at ang pagpo-prostitute ng ating bansa sa isang bansa na wala ng ginawa kundi manakot,” said Fr. Reyes, who has been dubbed the running priest for running to promote his advocacies.
“Ating salbahin ang bansang Pilipinas. That’s what this election is all about, to save our country,” he said after running the 2.7-kilometer length of Quezon Avenue from Delta to Welcome Rotonda, where he was met by Otso Diretso candidates Chel Diokno, Samira Gutoc, Romy Macalintal, and Erin Tañada and the surrogates of Gary Alejano, Bam Aquino, Pilo Hilbay, and Mar Roxas.
Together with several other volunteer runners, Fr. Reyes ran carrying a flag that bore the eight traits of the Filipino soul that he said is being destroyed by the President.
“Ang tinakbo ko ay walong katangian at elemento at sangkap ng kaluluwang Pilipino na unti-unting nasisira, inaagnas, at winawasak ng Presidente,” he said, enumerating them as honor, truth, justice, honesty, independence, courage, humility, godliness:
“Karangalan, panay kabastusan, walang paggalang sa babae; katotohanan, panay kasinungalingan; katarungan nakakulong si Leila de Lima, gustong ikulong si Maria Ressa at Senator Trillanes, baka pati ako gustong ikulong muli.
“Katapatan, may sinabi ngayon bukas iba na naman, walang transparency, walang consistency; kasarinlan, hindi mahal ang Inang bayan, binebenta, pinamimigay tayo; katapangan, duwag at bully, kakampi niya bully rin. Kailangan natin ng katapangan tumatayo hindi lang sa personal na ambisyon, posisyon kundi sa mga prinsipyo at mararangal na mithiin ng ating mga ninuno at bayani.
“Kababaang-loob, panay kayabangan, bravado. Pag nag speech dalawang oras na walang direksyon, panay kayabangan. Ang marangal na kandidato ay marangal na public servant, marunong makinig, marunong umamin at magsabi na ‘hindi ko alam, kulang ang aking impormasyon ko.’ Walang pagkukunwari.
“Kabanalan, sinumang presidente ay dapat igalang ang lahat ng relihiyon. Walang babastusing relihiyon, walang iinsultuhing Diyos, walang duduruing obispo’t pari. Banal ang Pilipino, nawawala na po yan,” he said.
Fr. Reyes said he supports the Otso Diretso senatorial candidates because the Senate needs a critical number of senators so that democracy is upheld.
“Dapat makapasok lahat para merong check and balance, para may independent Senate. Wala na ang Supreme Court, wala ang Congress. Ang Senado na lang. Kung mawala ang Senate, goodbye democracy,” he said.
The provisional schedule of Fr. Reyes’s eight-day run is as follows: May 6 (Monday) to Calamba city hall in Laguna; May 7 (Tuesday) from Welcome Rotonda to Mendiola in Manila; May 8 (Wednesday) in Antipolo; May 9 (Thursday) from Barangka to Sports Center in Marikina; May 10 (Friday) on Katipunan in Quezon City; May 11 (Saturday) in San Jose Del Monte in Bulacan; and May 12 (Sunday) from UP Oblation to Ateneo in Quezon City.