BAGUIO CITY, Oct. 8 (PIA) -- Church leaders and their members gathered to pray for the protection of Mayor Benjamin Magalong and for the truth to prevail in the Senate inquiry against alleged recycling of drugs involving rogue police officers.
Hundreds from various churches and religious denominations led by the Baguio - Benguet Ecumenical Group and supporters of Mayor Magalong gathered at the Malcolm Square here on Sunday for the "Ecumenical Prayer Rally for Truth and Faith."
Zion Christian Church Pastor Jonathan Erado said that the prayer rally was purposely to pray together for the protection of the mayor and his family with the situation he is with the threats he has been receiving following his statements against high ranking Philippine National Police officials in the Senate investigation. They also prayed that truth will prevail in the ongoing Senat inquiry.
"As we come together in faith and to pray for the particular intention of truth in our country, we commit to your care and protection our beloved mayor. That as you send people to testify for the truth, may you also sustain him in his principled service to the city and his principle of truth and advocacy of truth in our country, sustain him and protect him always," Father Rosito Pedro Jr. of the Diocese of Baguio prayed.
"For us in the city of Baguio, may you continue to strive also to unite our selves, and protect the truth especially in the ranks of our military men and our policemen. Sustain us in our fight for the truth, sustain us to live in your truth," he added.
"We ask that you cover mayor Benjie and his family with your protective light, but most of all let our faith be the source of faith in this city and the universe now and forever," Severina Longid said in the youth's prayer followed by the candle lighting ceremony.
More than 300 members of the Muslim community were also present to participate in the ecumenical prayers and show support to the mayor.
"Mayor Magalong is a man of integrity, a truthful and genuine leader, and the Muslim community in the city of Baguio stands to show support to Mayor Magalong and his principles," National Commission on Muslim Filipinos - Baguio Head Imam Yasser Guro said.
The prayer rally was also participated by the members of the Assemblies of God, the United Church of Christ in the Philippines, the Indian, Hindu Temple, the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim students of the Almaarif Educational Center.
In response, Magalong thanked the religious sector for the prayers of protection that he and his family need.
"This will inspire me to carry on the fight for what is right and for the truth," he said.
"What comforts me is that we are not only fighting for our youth in the city, we are fighting for the youth in the entire country. We are saving the youth from illegal drugs, the major threat affecting our society today," Magalong said.
The retired police general, a former chief of the Criminal Investigation and Detection group, has divulged in the Senate the alleged involvement of some Philippine National Police officers in drug recycling. (JDP/RMC- PIA CAR)