Praying over scenes — that moment when people around a praying for someone or a group while closing their eyes and raising their hands — are always something that inspire hearts, unless if the person being prayed over is a politician with grave criminal charges.
Sen. Leila de Lima of the Philippines, after several verbal brawls in the Senate and House of Representatives, is finally arrested for criminal charges involving cuddling with drug syndicates in the New Bilibid prison while she was the secretary of the Department of Justice (DOJ).
Before she formally surrendered to the authorities, her supporters prayed over her, wishing safety and strength on her on-going battle. “The truth will prevail”, she said. However, netizens was not happy with that.
Most of the people in the comment section call her a “hypocrite” for using God’s name on her ordeal. For them, she is just pretending to be pious to gain the people’s sympathy. The top commentator quotes Pope Francis saying, “It is better to be an atheist than to be a hypocritical Catholic”.
The video was uploaded by Manila Bulletin in Facebook and generated more than 500 thousand views, 18 thousand Facebook reactions, 8.7 shares, and 7.4 thousand comments within 4 hours.
If you scroll down the comment section, all you can see are negative comments against the arrested senator. Albeit there are still defenders believing her innocence, the number of those who believe that she is guilty prove that her honorable image as an elected official is already broken since the legal proceedings.
For now, whether the individual is guilty or not, I just hope the scared ritual of praying over should not be used in any political motive or media sensationalism.
Credits to Manila Bulletin