PUNTO POR PUNTO: Did Anthony Taberna offended the religious sensibilities of Roman Catholics?

I saw this open letter, a complaint against Anthony Taberna, of  ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P. to ABS-CBN. ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P. is a commissioned lay preacher, Catholic apologist and Mariologist. He is a member of the COMPANY OF ST. DOMINIC, a Dominican secular institute of consecrated life in the Archdiocese of Manila where he serves as Council Member and Formator. As Formator of the Company of St. Dominic, Bro. Mars is a member of the DOMINICAN FORMATORS CONFERENCE OF THE PHILIPPINES (DFCP). A Marian devotee and knight of Mary, he is an active member of various Marian groups and organizations in the Philippines and abroad. A sought-after speaker and preacher, Bro. Mars extensively lectures on Mariology, Applied Mariology, Marian Apologetics and Marian Spirituality in different parishes, Marian groups and organizations in the country. As Catholic apologist, Bro. Mars is an Associate Member and Resource Person of DEFENSORES FIDEI FOUNDATION. He likewise serves as legal adviser of the CATHOLIC FAITH DEFENDERS-DAVAO.

We are republishing this blog post from Atty. Llasos.

DISCLAIMER: The views in the open letter are those of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Blog of Innocence: SilentVoice Points.
Before reading the  open letter, click this to watch the Punto por Punto (August 20, 2012 Episode) of Umagang Kay Ganda.

21 August 2012
ABS-CBN NEWS & PUBLIC AFFAIRS
ABS-CBN Broadcasting Corporation
Mother Ignacia Avenue, Quezon City
                                                Re: Complaint versus Anthony Taberna

Secretary Jesse Robredo entrusted to the caring arms of Our Lady of Penafrancia, patroness of Bicol Region and Naga City where the late Secretary Robredo once served as Mayor

Gentlemen:
            This has reference to your tweet dated 21 August 2012 asking for the details of my complaint against Mr. Anthony Tabuena.
           
            In his segment Punto por Punto in Umagang Kay Ganda on 20 August 2012, Mr. Taberna, a known member of the Iglesia ni Cristo, offended the religious sensibilities of Roman Catholics with his uncalled for, insensitive, unfeeling and insulting, if not arrogant, remark:
ABS-CBN news anchor Anthony Taberna's jab on our Catholic faith and the Bicolano's devotion to Our Lady of Penafrancia           

“Jun Lavadia: Ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagdarasal. Ang milagro po ni Ina, Birhen ng Peñafrancia, pwede pong mangyari iyon. Kaya't ipagpatuloy po natin ang pagdarasal para sa kaligtasan ni Sec. Robredo.
Anthony Taberna: Kasama n'yo po ang Umagang Kay Ganda para sa pananalangin sa ating Kalihim. Sa dami po ng nananalangin, hindi po imposible ang himala. Wala pong ibang makapagliligtas kay Sec. Robredo, kundi ang dakilang Diyos, ang nag-iisang Diyos, at HINDI KUNG SINU-SINO.”
            As a Catholic, Marian devotee and a Bicolano, I am deeply offended by the remarks of Mr. Taberna. Bicolanos, like the late DILG Secretary Jesse Robredo, are known to be ardent devotees of Our Lady of Peñafrancia. Like Mr. Jun Lavadia, we ask for the miraculous intercession of Our Lady of Peñafrancia in times of need, especially for the unfortunate incident that befell our beloved fellow-Bicolano and former Mayor of Naga City, Sec. Jesse Robredo. The remark of Mr. Taberna intensified our sorrow and grief.
Anthony Taberna of the Iglesia ni Cristo offends the religious sensibilities of Catholics and insults the devotion of Bicolanos to Our Lady of Penafrancia
Mr. Taberna has no business telling us how to pray and who to pray. While we Catholics pray to God who Mr. Taberna rightly called “ang dakilang Diyos, ang nag-iisang Diyos,” we do however, pray to the Blessed Virgin Mary for her intercession. The Blessed Mother is not a mere “kung sinu-sino” to us, she is the Mother of the Lord and our Mother, too. Mr. Taberna ought to respect that.
Mr. Taberna should be told to keep his religious bias to himself. He has no business using the airtime of ABS-CBN to take a jab at Roman Catholics, especially Marian devotees and Bicolanos, for praying to Our Lady of Peñafrancia and asking for her miraculous intercession. If Mr. Taberna would like to promote his religious beliefs as a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo and attack our Catholic faith and sensibilities, he is free to do so in Net 25 but not in ABS-CBN. He is even free to change his profession from that of a broadcaster to an Iglesia ni Cristo minister.
Detail of the face of the original image of Our Lady of Penafrancia
Mr. Taberna owes the Catholic televiewers of Umagang Kay Ganda and of ABS-CBN an apology for his uncalled for and insulting remark. He owes the Bicolanos, the constituency of the late Sec.  Jesse Robredo, an apology for the insensitive and unfeeling remark against our Ina, the Nuestra Señora de Peñafrancia, in this time of utmost sorrow and grief.
Please inform the undersigned of any action taken regarding this complaint.
Thank you.
                                                                        Very truly yours,
                                                                       
                                                                        ATTY. MARWIL N. LLASOS, O.P.
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