This particular headline from the AFP recently caught our attention:
'HAND OF GOD' UNTANGLES PHILIPPINE TRAFFIC MESS
Nope, it wasn't clickbait, nor was it a miracle caught on tape.
The story was actually about retired Catholic Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales being instrumental in clearing up an atrocious traffic scenario in Sto. Tomas, Batangas, last Sunday.
"We were trapped for over an hour and we were rushing to another engagement. I said to myself, 'We cannot take this anymore,'" Rosales was quoted by the AFP on Tuesday.
And not one to just preach but also practice, the former church leader then took matters into his own hands, acting as traffic constable to literally untangle the chaotic gridlock at hand.
Photo via Ericzon Jamilla's Instagram account
And what makes His Eminence's gesture more impressive? Well...
1) HE'S ALREADY 83 YEARS OLD
The fact that Rosales had to walk nearly a kilometer to get to the root cause of the mile-long jam is what makes the Cardinal's feat more impressive. Arriving at the location, he found six motorists arguing over two lanes.
2) HE DID IT RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF A STORM
...specifically Typhoon Ineng, and in just his normal raincoat and boots.
3) HE MANAGED TO HIDE HIS IDENTITY WHILE SORTING OUT THE STANDSTILL
Despite being partly concealed by a hood, Rosales was still able to prompt the involved drivers to give way to one another, and back up just by using hand signals.
The downpour eventually exposed his true identity—particularly the giant crucifix underneath his jacket—which was followed by the "apologetic" motorists kissing his ring.
4) HE SEEMED TO HAVE ENJOYED HIS MMDA ROLE
Unfazed by the experience, plus the many years he had to endure the century-long problem of metro traffic, Rosales appeared to be excited for another tour of duty as traffic constable. "Next time, I'll be sure to bring a whistle," he said, laughing.