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Home Sections Humor & Satire Alleged Conversation Between Pacman and Erap During Holy Week
Alleged Conversation Between Pacman and Erap During Holy Week PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Bobby M. Reyes   
Sunday, 24 March 2013 19:42

By Lolo Bobby M. Reyes of Sorsogon City, Philippines, and West Covina, CA, U.S.A.

T he story goes that since it is Semana Santa (Holy Week), Congressman Pacman, a Born-Again Christian, decided to pay a visit to former President Erap. He wanted to persuade the former Chief Executive to become a religious leader.

Erap asks if it was true that he had to join first a "Charismatik (sic) Movement" to become a Christian leader. Pacman says that Erap has already the "charisma and the atik (colloquial term for money)" and, therefore, he was more-than qualified to
become even the head of a denomination.

The former President says that insofar as denominations are concerned, he prefers a 500-peso bill.

Pacman continued the conversation by saying that he learned during his Bible-study lessons that the Filipino people were mentioned at least in the New Testament. Erap is stunned by Pacman's allegation and asks for details.

"Well, there are the Letters of Saint Paul to the Philippinians," Pacman said. In fact he continued to say that even President Cory Aquino was mentioned also in the Bible. Pacman said that there are also the "Letters of St. Paul to the Corynthians," which he interpreted to mean the followers of Tita Cory.

Erap said that he heard that the Bible also mentioned Presidents Fidel Ramos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. Well, Pacman said that one could find the references to Erap's predecessor and successor, respectively, in the Spanish edition of the Bible that refers to Palm Sunday as "Domingo de Ramos" and Holy Saturday as "Sabado de Gloria."

Well, Erap asked if the Bible mentions him also. Pacman replied that perhaps Erap was one of the Good Samaritans stated in the Bible. But Erap said that he did not come from Samar but from the City of San Juan and originally from the Tondo District of Manila. So, there was no way that he could be called a "Samaritan."

In any case, Pacman said that some of the people of Samar believe that it was St. Thomas the Apostle who named the island as the Oriental equivalent of Samaria. He said that St. Thomas, after his missionary work in Kerala of Western India, went on to Samar Island.

"How did St. Thomas get to Samar," Erap asks.

"Well, Jesus Christ taught him how to walk on water. St. Thomas walked from India to Samar island," Pacman replies.

"There's more," Pacman said. "St. Thomas went actually to Samar to verify if one of the 12 Lost Tribes of Israel settled there."

"Did St. Thomas find the Lost Tribe?" Erap asks.

"The tribe is still lost and St. Thomas apparently could not find it in Samar," Pacman answered.

As of press time, reports say that Pacman has not yet persuaded Erap to become a church leader of any denomination. # # #

E ditor's Notes: The author has also written a 3-part series called "Erap and the Bishops." Here are the links to the three articles:

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