Today, a full page Singaw ng Bayan ad came out, with the usual counter-arguments to One Voice.
But this part is simply too flabbergasting to leave unremarked upon.
Says the “Sigaw ng Bayan” ad in a major broadsheet (see scan of the actual paragraph here):
We in Sigaw ng Bayan have never hidden our identities and our specific interests. We’re local officials, professionals, small businessmen, office workers. Our name is Legion, for we are many.
Which reminds me of the old saying that even the devil can quote scripture. For what do we find in Mark 5: 1-18 (see the American Standard Version, the King James Version, and the World English Bible; the Douay-Rheims Version and the Revised Standard Version, quoted below)? Read it and weep:
1 They came to the other side of the sea, to the country of the Ger’asenes. 2 And when he had come out of the boat, there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 who lived among the tombs; and no one could bind him any more, even with a chain; 4 for he had often been bound with fetters and chains, but the chains he wrenched apart, and the fetters he broke in pieces; and no one had the strength to subdue him. 5 Night and day among the tombs and on the mountains he was always crying out, and bruising himself with stones. 6 And when he saw Jesus from afar, he ran and worshiped him; 7 and crying out with a loud voice, he said, “What have you to do with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I adjure you by God, do not torment me.” 8 For he had said to him, “Come out of the man, you unclean spirit!” 9 And Jesus asked him, “What is your name?” He replied, “My name is Legion; for we are many.” 10 And he begged him eagerly not to send them out of the country. 11 Now a great herd of swine was feeding there on the hillside; 12 and they begged him, “Send us to the swine, let us enter them.” 13 So he gave them leave. And the unclean spirits came out, and entered the swine; and the herd, numbering about two thousand, rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and were drowned in the sea.
14 The herdsmen fled, and told it in the city and in the country. And people came to see what it was that had happened. 15 And they came to Jesus, and saw the demoniac sitting there, clothed and in his right mind, the man who had had the legion; and they were afraid. 16 And those who had seen it told what had happened to the demoniac and to the swine. 17 And they began to beg Jesus to depart from their neighborhood. 18 And as he was getting into the boat, the man who had been possessed with demons begged him that he might be with him.
An exorcism of Sigaw’s copywriter (if not its entire directorate) is in order.