Priest outs music videos to defend life

Priest outs music videos to defend life

By Minnie Agdeppa

March 27, 2017

Quezon City

Not a singer nor a songwriter, but this priest has taken to social media airing his stand on several key social issues via DIY music videos.

“There was a need bursting out from the core of my being to publicly denounce outright violations of human life and dignity,” said Diocese of Novaliches social communications and media ministry director Fr. Ambrosio Nonato Legaspi when interviewed about the purpose of his videos, which came out last week.

Also appointed as the diocese’ resident exorcist, Legaspi said he felt the need to express his stand on the death penalty bill and the extra-judicial killings (EJK) “not in a manner that equals the very same indignities I condemn but in a mode that will allow people to think for themselves and really ask soul-searching questions.”

Change is here

The music videos, entitled “Mali Ang Mali” and “Pwede Na Pala!”, were arranged in easy-to-pick up beats with simple lyrics in Filipino. According to the priest, “Mali Ang Mali” (Wrong Is Wrong) aims to remind people to be responsible for their actions, to live truthfully, and to have holy fear of God, in the hope of reviving the values of respect, righteousness, and decency.

On the other hand, “Pwede Na Pala!” (Now It’s Possible) is specifically focused on the “changes” happening in the country, which are disguised as “developments”, said the priest, and are actually movements that degrade moral and Catholic values.

Legaspi, who has just recovered from pneumonia and still suffered from sore throat at the time of the recording, said he is not a musician but he, however, hopes the videos, though “imperfect and simple creations”, would help people reassess their stand on several controversial issues.

‘Wider picture’

“I thought that since it helps me assess my stance on these pestering public human issues,” he explained, “it must also help others in their own self-assessment so that they can eventually make a stand versus even any slight violation of human sensitivities and sensibilities.”

With the death penalty bill approved in the Lower House early this month and the Anti-Discrimination Bill on the Basis of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity (SOGI Bill) pushed last year amid thousands of EJKs, and other issues affecting life and family, Legaspi said he also hopes the videos would give the public a different perspective on the said issues.

“I’m just opening a window and a door so that others may see a wider picture of where the ‘change’ in our country is headed.”

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