Filipino Indie film director Ejay Yan has criticized Pope Francis. statement before his visit to the Philippines on Thursday, January 15, 2015.
According to PH Access, Yan’s Facebook post was in response to an earlier statement of Pope Francis wherein he was quoted as saying: “I hope I will not be the focus of this pastoral visit. Let Jesus be the focus of my pastoral visit.”
The director, also known as Ejay Big Bear, complained that Pope Francis’ visit in the country has interrupted payroll schedules because of the government declared holidays and traffic jams due to road closures.
Yan, who is said to be connected to FILmO Media Productions, also complained about the huge expenses incurred by the government during the apostolic visit. He suggested that Pope Francis should have just conducted a mass online through Skype.
His rant, has been deleted as well as his Facebook account, had received thousands of comments and shares in social media.
Here is the status posted by Ejay Yan, which indicated that he was “feeling annoyed”:
“Sabi raw ng santo papa, sa pagdalaw nya rito wag daw sya ang gawing ‘focus’ kundi ang panginoong dyos. ABA ABA. ayos ah?! mawalang galang na po pero mukhang may mali ata? Dadalaw dalaw ka dito; naabala ang lahat, naistorbo ang payroll schedules dahil sa limang araw na holidays na dinulot ng saradong mga daan at sobrang traffic; at kahit na sabihin pa natin na simbahan ang gumastos sayo, ang laki pa rin ng gastos ng gobyerno para magbigay kooperasyon para sa siguridad mo at san pa ba kinuha yan kundi sa buwis na pinagpawisan namin; tapos HINDI PALA IKAW ANG FOCUS? kung hindi nga ikaw, eh dapat nag misa ka nalang sa Skype at di na kaming lahat binulilyaso dito. matagal nang pokus ng sangkatauhan ang panginoon nila dito, ang dami na ngang nadaganan at namatay sa Quiapo nung nakaraang linggo. pupunta punta ka dito daig mo pang dyos na bumaba galing langit, natural pagkakaguluhan ka! [na di ko naman maintindihan kung bakit.] ayy ewan.”