Original post: February 19, 2022, Shell Lorenzohttps://covidcalltohumanity.org/2022/02/19/practs-first-initiated-caravan-for-health-truth-and-freedom-in-metro-manila-successful/
The Philippine Resistance Against Covid Tyranny (PRACT) triumphantly conducted its first Caravan for Health, Truth, and Freedom on February 17, 2022. Despite barely 20 vehicles, it was a successful and remarkable action, leaving us happy and grateful to have been able to join the initiative.
The group convened at Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Quezon City with some mainstream photojournalists capturing the event. One director from CHR, Atty. Jasmin Regino, granted an audience for the PRACT Core; CHR explained that they have their own investigations on thousands of complaints they are receiving regarding Covid mandates including vaccination.
Another stop was at the RFM Corp‘s Warehouse in Pasig City to converse with its CEO, the Presidential Adviser for Entrepreneurship, Joey Concepcion who is a known proponent of mass vaccination in the Philippines. One of the warehouse’s production managers allowed an audience and stood as the company’s representative who would relay the group’s message to Concepcion.
PRACT gave a speech sharing the sentiments of the Filipino people about how Concepcion is mandating vaccination, especially to on-site workers. The thumbs-up from RFM employees told us that they too, agreed with our banners.
Other vehicles were joining in the honking – it was an encouraging cacophony, and other bystanders waved and lifted thumbs-up signs. Every time there was a chance to distribute flyers despite moving vehicles, the members maximized the opportunity. Onlookers were also reading the banners, and there were varied reactions. Some acknowledged – some seemed oblivious; some took the flyers, some refused.
We went to Quirino Grandstand, where a vaccination site was situated and where we hoped to conduct a silent protest – with portraits of the vaccine-injured as our non-violent actions and statements.
Three Manila police officers stopped our group from advancing and urged that we leave the site. They asserted that what we are about to perform infringes the Manila City ordinance, demanding we scroll up and stow our banners away. They called for backups, and they multiplied by four more with their batons.
The group asked the police officers to allow us to say a prayer, and disperse afterwards. The prayer was solemn, and we included the police officers and their families in our petitions.
The first PRACT initiated caravan attained all its objectives. It was both a success and a learning curve in proceeding to subsequent activities. Together with the participants, PRACT was able to:
1) Educate more people about dangers posed by the COVID jabs and the violations of constitutional rights;
2) Cultivated courage and hope in the hearts of the people who have been paralyzed by fear and confusion;
3) Deliver our messages to our government, that Filipinos are concerned and discontented by the oppressive mandates.
Absolutely, this is not the last; the next time we take the streets, we will show our unification through numbers. It will be sooner rather than later.