The yellow bunch is on it again and this time they hired a python-hugging, media-hogging priest to do the dirty job for them.
Fr. Robert Reyes has been living in silence for years and suddenly, barely a month before the national elections, he is once again "out" trying to revive an issue that has been long answered. He has been residing at the Juan de Plasencia Franciscan Novitiate in Liliw, Laguna, after deciding to take a break from public life in 2011.
And methinks he runs selectively.
Robert Reyes (I refuse to call him "father" too often) has Social Democrat leanings. But he sure knows his politics. Politics of opportunism. He has worked closely with Risa Hontiveros' Akbayan party-list which is composed of activists linked to socialists and social democrats.
It is easy to put the pieces together. Reyes was the head of GOMBURZA, a cause-oriented organization of priests, nuns, brothers and the laity, and of course a well-known ally-organization of Akbayan.
Akbayan is now tagged as the administration party-list with several key positions in government occupied by no less than its officials and members. They include Presidential Political Adviser Ronald Llamas, National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) head Joel Rocamora (who was in hot water recently), and Commission on Human Rights chair Loretta Ann 'Etta' Rosales. Other Akbayan members in government include Barry Gutierrez, Llamas' deputy; Mario Agujo, member of the board of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Social Security System (SSS) Commissioner Daniel Edralin, National Youth Commission (NYC) Commissioner Percival Cendaña, and Angelina Ludovice-Katoh, commissioner in the Presidential Commission for the Urban Poor. The Comelec also disclosed that the President's sisters donated P14 million to Akbayan in the 2010 elections.
This is clearly a desperate smear campaign orchestrated by the yellows through a former selective-running priest who sneaked out of his own hunger strike in 2005 and was kicked out of his diocese by parishioners who complained about his pet python which he allowed to wander around the altar while saying mass. Shades of Father Tropa, perhaps?
Robert Reyes says he has witnesses. I challenge him to bring them out in the open. Otherwise, his case is based on hearsay I say. Hearsay. Nothing more.