Four corners. Four illicit trades. Four discreet transactions.
In the east, men engaged in the flesh trade await customers ready to pay them in exchange for sex. In the south, vendors secretly sell abortive pills for would-be mothers who are not yet ready to conceive children. In the west, robbers and snatchers observe and tail possible victims. In the north, operators and vendors thrive in selling pirated DVDs in a guerrilla-like market.
Numerous modi operandi. Different characters. Yet their lives revolve in just one place: Quiapo Church.
Every day, thousands of Filipinos troop to the busiest Church in the country to offer their prayers. Yet despite being the bastion of Catholicism in Manila, its four corners are filled with illegalities that undermine the Church's sanctity and challenge the power of the authorities day after day.
In the last installment of the I-Witness "Black Market Special" this Monday, join veteran and multi-awarded broadcast journalist Howie Severino as he tours the streets of Quiapo and exposes the secrets that beset the four corners of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene.