The running priest runs race for PhilPost employees
FINALLY the Running Priest Robert Reyes, who stated some weeks back that he would have to study both sides of the Philpost dilemma, has decided to run the race—may-be not of his lifetime—but that would have the greatest impact on the lives of the thou-sands of letter-bearers in the country.
Sympathizing with the PhilPost employees, Father Reyes led the protest run of four organizations composed of private citizens and government employees on Tuesday, May 8, dubbed as “Takbo ng mga Karterong Pinoy at Pamilya” to denounce the Anomalies, Crimes and Excesses (ACES) of postmaster general and former Bulacan Governor Maria Josefina Mendoza dela Cruz.
The protest run commenced at the Manila Central Post Office and culminated at Malacañang Palace with Father Reyes hand-carrying a letter addressed to President Aquino signed by the heads of the PhilPost Rank-and-File Employees Association, Inc. (PRAFEA), PhilPost Workers Union (PWU), Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM-PhilPost Chapter), and COURAGE.
A few days thereafter, on Friday, May 11, Father Reyes officiated the Holy Mass at the Quezon City Central Post Office at NIA Road, Barangay Piñahan, Quezon City.
The same mass called for the immediate ouster of PMG dela Cruz.
In the letter to President Aquino, new complaints against PMG dela Cruz were expressed.
The complainants prayed that the President considers appointing a new Post Master General “with strong character, with values and principles, integrity, unblemished profile, not a traditional politician, God-fearing, with proven track record in the public or private service and with passion and concern to the workers and the mailing public.”
A welcome development for the complainants was the report—though unconfirmed by this columnist—that Virgie Paz, who has been PhilPost Resident COA auditor for years, would be served a six-month suspension. This report, according to my sources, was articulated to them by officers from the CoA Central Office.