Vendors offer amulets in the time of Oplan Tokhang




Erica Policarpio, 26, a street vendor at the Quiapo Church offer stones that promised invisibility and protection from bullets.

She inherited her space from her father, a faith healer, who learned the trade from a Mangyan family in Oriental Mindoro.

Street vendors may have the answer of the campaign of Philippine National Police (PNP) Oplan Tokhang.

According to the vendor, increasingly men have seeking stones called ‘niyog na bato,” or stone pellets, of “ngipin ng kidlat,” or teeth of thunder. But Love potion or gayuma remains the best-seller.

“They asked me what the stone ngipin ng kidlat was for. I told them it’s a protection against bullets and knives. They replied: ‘That means I won’t be subjected to tokhang then?’”

The men asked the vendor if buying ngipin ng kidlat guaranteed invisibility from policemen.

“If we become invisible,” Policarpio said, recounting her other client’s concern, “that means that police wouldn’t see us anymore?”

According to Policarpio, the stones were all source from a mystical seventh mountain in Bulalacao town.

“We refuse customers who specifically ask us for stones that can help them evade Tokhang because we know they’re going to use them for evil deeds,” she said.


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Source:  Inquirer.net

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