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'SAMAHANG BASKETBOL NG PILIPINAS' (SBP) READY FOR CHINA IN FIBA WORLD CUP BID --PANGILINAN


JULY 22 ---SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan believes that the SBP and country can make the quantum leap to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup. File Photo Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan admitted the Philippines faces a ‘formidable foe’ in China in terms of bidding for the right to host the Fiba World Cup in 2019. But the SBP chief believes what would set the country apart from China is the Filipinos’ unquestionable passion for basketball as evidenced in the all-out support Gilas Pilipinas had during the 2013 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Manila. “I must say China is a formidable competitor in this bid, but I don’t think China has that ardor to show (in basketball) because I think the most popular sport in China is football. It’s not really basketball. Whereas in the Philippines, basketball clearly is the no. 1,” Pangilinan told media men during a press conference on Wednesday at the Lopez Building inside the Meralco compound, Ortigas, Pasig. Ian Rumsby, chairman of the globally-recognized PR firm Weber Shandwick in Australia, agreed with Pangilinan’s thoughts, saying the Filipinos’ ‘extraordinary level of passion for the sport’ will serve the country’s hosting bid in good stead. “The one thing that stands in the Philippines’ bid is the extraordinary level of passion for basketball and the opportunity to host this event as well,” said Rumsby. “As we all know, basketball is something that’s woven deeply across the social and cultural fabric of this country, and we believe that passion and that pride stands the country in good stead,” he added. READ MORE...

ALSO Reports: Pacquiao to help PHL bid for FIBA World Cup hosting


JULY 22 ---Manny Pacquiao
  A rumor doing the rounds is that Manny Pacquiao will be in the corner for the Philippines basketball federation when it comes to bidding to host the 2019 World Cup.
The boxing great plays basketball with his entourage during breaks in his training and has formed his own professional team which plays in the domestic league. Local reports say he will join Filipino officials to help persuade FIBA to award the tournament to his home country when they present their bids in Japan next month. China also is bidding for the rights. Chot Reyes, a former coach of the national team and a backer of the bid, said the 2019 event could provide inspiration to a generation of players across Asia. "With the World Cup 2019, we are not only able to show the world what the sport means to the Philippines, but the opportunity to host a world-class competition like this will further inspire Filipinos both in the Philippines and the 10 million across the globe to chase their dreams," Reyes said. "We also believe that it will offer similar inspiration to other players right across Asia." Manuel V. Pangilinan, president of the Basketball Federation of the Philippines, said the bid will present "a passionate, innovative and game changing vision from a country on the move." "In the Philippines, basketball is life," Pangilinan said. "It is part of our cultural fabric and the No. 1 sport which people throughout our country follow devotedly every day." The local federation said it can prepare four venues for the tournament, including the newly-built Philippine Arena north of Manila which seated more than 52,000 people at the opening game of the professional league last year. READ MORE...

ALSO: POPE’S APPROVAL RATING DIPS IN US AHEAD OF VISIT


BOSTON. – Pope Francis’ approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.
The pope, who is due to visit the United States in September, is still warmly regarded by most Americans, with 59 percent telling the Gallup polling service they view him favorably. That figure is down from 76 percent a year ago but in line with his favorability rating shortly after he was elected to lead the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church in March 2013. The pope’s popularity fell the most among US adults who identify themselves as conservative, with just 45 percent saying they viewed the Argentine favorably in a poll conducted from July 8 to 12. That was down from 72 percent in February 2014. Some 71 percent of US Catholics polled said they approved of the pope, down from 89 percent a year earlier. The decline comes as Francis has changed the focus of his public remarks from that of his immediate predecessors, concentrating less on the Church’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage and spending more of his time discussing social inequity and poverty. READ MORE...

ALSO: Miriam beats cancer, eyes presidency


Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Senate PRIB photo/Joseph Vidal
Feisty Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago says she has beaten cancer and is now eyeing another run for the nation’s highest office.
In a statement, Santiago yesterday said Mark Kris of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York had a consultation with her and her team of local doctors – composed of former health secretary Esperanza Cabral, Gary Lorenzo and Ruth Divinagracia – last Friday at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City. After examining her PET and CT scans, which Kris had fully studied in his New York clinic, Santiago said she was informed that the cancer growth in her left lung has been arrested. Although no patient can be pronounced cured of cancer, Kris said the senator, by following medical prescriptions, has been able to control the cancer. Santiago previously said she would consider running for president in 2016 if her health improves. But in a separate statement, she also admitted she lacked financial resources to back a possible presidential campaign. Santiago said yesterday she was “happily surprised” by the results of a survey on voter preference for the presidential polls conducted by consultancy firm Publicus Asia, which showed her in second place behind Sen. Grace Poe. READ MORE...

ALSO IGLESIA NI CRISTO IN CRISIS: INC expels mother, brother of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo


INC Place of Worship at F. Manalo st. San Juan city. Photo by Marianne Bermudez
THE mother and brother of Eduardo Manalo, executive minister of Iglesia ni Cristo, have been expelled from their church for sowing disunity, an official said on Thursday.“Masakit man sa loob ng kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay ipinasya nila na itiwalag yung mga lumilikha ng mga pagkakabaha-bahagi sa Iglesia. Kaya sa mga pagsambang isasagawa ng Iglesia ni Cristo simula sa araw na ito, ipaalam sa lahat ng kapatid ang pasyang yun ng Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan,” Bienvenido Santiago, general evangelist of Iglesia, said in a press briefing.
Felix “Angel” Nathaniel Villanueva Manalo and his mother Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva Manalo were expelled for their video uploaded on YouTube claiming that their lives are in danger and that a minister has been abducted. Tenny is the widow of the late Executive Minister Eraño “Erdy” Manalo. Aside from Angel and Tenny, the INC also expelled Marco Eraño Villanueva Manalo, and Lolita Manalo Hemedez. “Ang basa namin doon sa pinahayag nila kagabi sa YouTube ay ibig lamang nilang makakuha ng mga taong magsisimpatya sa kanila. Para sa ganon ay makuha nila ang talagang gusto nila na mapakialaman ang pamamahala sa Iglesia,” Santiago said. In a video uploaded on YouTube Thursday morning, Angel Manalo said: “Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana’y matulungan niyo po kami.” (We are asking for your help because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us.)
His mother Tenny asked church members to help her children Angel and Lottie. “Ako’y nananawagan sa aming mga kapatid sa Iglesia na tulungan ninyo kami dahil may panganib sa aming buhay. Saklolohan niyo ang aking mga anak, si Angel at Lottie at ang kanilang mga kasama. Tulungan niyo rin ang mga ministro na dinukot at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita. Kaawaan natin sila at ang kanilang pamilya,” she said.
(I am appealing to our brethren in the church to help us because there is a threat to our lives. Please help my children, Angel and Lottie and their companions. Let us also help the ministers who were taken and until now have not yet been found.) Lottie Manalo-Hemedez and Aileen Manalo-Alcantara are Eduardo’s siblings. READ MORE...

ALSO: Statement of INC on expulsion of Manalo kin, ministers


Eduardo Manalo, INC Executive Minister - WATCH VIDEO BELOW: Here is the text Statement of Brother Bienvenido Santiago, General Evangelist of the Iglesia Ni Cristo: Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat. Alam ko na narito kayo upang hingin ang aming pahayag tungkol doon sa youtube kagabi. Yung lumabas sa YouTube kagabi na pahayag ni Angel Manalo at ng kanilang ina na nananawagan sa mga kaanib ng Iglesia para sila ay tulungan dahil diumano ay nanganganib ang kanilang buhay at meron pang alegasyon na meron pang dinukot na mga ministro na waring ibig na palabasin na may kinalaman ang Iglesia ay wala pong katotohanan. Hindi po totoo yun. Ang Iglesia ay isandaan at isang taon na sa Lunes at dumaan na rin ito sa napakaraming mga pag-uusig, panggigipit at maraming pagsubok, subalit ang tanging pinanghawakan at inasahan ng Iglesia ay ang mga aral ng Diyos na sinasampalatayanan nito na nakasulat sa Biblia at yung tulong at patnubay ng ating panginoong Diyos. Ang kasalukuyang Pamamahala ng Iglesia sa pangunguna ng kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay namamalaging nanghahawak sa patakarang yan, hindi humihiwalay sa mga itinuro ng Diyos nang magsimulang mangaral dito sa Pilipinas ang kapatid na Felix Y. Manalo. CONTINUE READING...

House of Manalo divided INC HEAD DETAINS, EXPELS HIS MOTHER, SIBLINGS


UNHOLY REVELATIONS The headquarters of the powerful Iglesia ni Cristo on Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City. Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo (left), de facto head of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has ousted his mother Tenny (Cristina) and brother Angel (Felix Nathaniel) and other siblings from the Christian sect after the two posted a video on YouTube claiming that their lives are in danger. Some 10 ministers of the group founded by Felix Manalo in 1914 have also reportedly been abducted by armed men for allegedly exposing massive corruption in the INC. EDWIN BACASMAS/VIDEO GRAB FROM YOUTUBE
A brief plea for help posted on YouTube on Wednesday night exposed cracks within the family behind the politically influential and formidable Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and what appears to be a power struggle within the century-old indigenous Christian group. On Thursday, in response to the post, INC expelled Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva Manalo and Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Villanueva Manalo, mother and younger brother of the group’s executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo, allegedly for trying to divide and seize power in the third-largest religious group in the Philippines. Eduardo is the first child of the late INC executive minister Eraño Manalo with Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva. READ MORE...


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SBP ready for China in FIBA World Cup bidding war


SBP president Manny V. Pangilinan believes that the SBP and country can make the quantum leap to host the 2019 FIBA World Cup. File Photo

MANILA, JULY 23, 2015 (PHILSTAR) By Richard Dy, contributor  July 22, 2015 - Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas president Manny V. Pangilinan admitted the Philippines faces a ‘formidable foe’ in China in terms of bidding for the right to host the Fiba World Cup in 2019.

But the SBP chief believes what would set the country apart from China is the Filipinos’ unquestionable passion for basketball as evidenced in the all-out support Gilas Pilipinas had during the 2013 Fiba-Asia men’s championships in Manila.

“I must say China is a formidable competitor in this bid, but I don’t think China has that ardor to show (in basketball) because I think the most popular sport in China is football. It’s not really basketball. Whereas in the Philippines, basketball clearly is the no. 1,” Pangilinan told media men during a press conference on Wednesday at the Lopez Building inside the Meralco compound, Ortigas, Pasig.

Ian Rumsby, chairman of the globally-recognized PR firm Weber Shandwick in Australia, agreed with Pangilinan’s thoughts, saying the Filipinos’ ‘extraordinary level of passion for the sport’ will serve the country’s hosting bid in good stead.

“The one thing that stands in the Philippines’ bid is the extraordinary level of passion for basketball and the opportunity to host this event as well,” said Rumsby.

“As we all know, basketball is something that’s woven deeply across the social and cultural fabric of this country, and we believe that passion and that pride stands the country in good stead,” he added.

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With the Philippines now recognized globally as a social media capital, Rumsby explained that Filipinos can easily share their experiences in popular online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, an effort that could further elevate the sport in the global scale.

“I think the accessibility for World Cup is very important for everybody because the Philippines is recognized as the social media capital of the world,” he said.

“And when we look at the 100 million people in this country, let’s say 80 million are die hard fans and you add to that the 10 million people working outside the country, and you combine that with the social media Filipino population, I think you have a very significant, powerful means of telling the basketball story globally,” added Rumsby.

The final bidding will be held on Aug. 7 in Tokyo, Japan with China and the Philippines as the last two countries vying for the right to host the world championships.

Pangilinan said China no doubt, has the vast experience as far as holding world-class events, having hosted the Olympic Games in Beijing in 2008, as well as the 2010 Asian Games in Guangzhou.

But the SBP president remains firm that the Philippines is capable of meeting the high hosting standards set by the international governing body for basketball.

“From the perspective of the sporting event, basically it’s about the question of facility, infrastructure and organization and the ability to put it together. We believe we can do it,” said a confident Pangilinan, who also serves as chairman of the PLDT.

“China has on that scale, hosted the Olympics in Beijing, and they have hosted the Asian Games in Guangzhou, so we do have to meet the certain basic minimum requirements of Fiba in terms of facility,” he added.

The Philippines last hosted the world championships in 1978 with the iconic Araneta Coliseum as the main playing venue for the 16 participating countries at that time.

Last year, the country marked its return to the Fiba World Cup with Gilas Pilipinas registering a historical 81-79 overtime win over Senegal in the final game of the preliminary round.

The win was also the country's first after 40 years.


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Reports: Pacquiao to help PHL bid for FIBA World Cup hosting By Oliver Teves (Associated Press) | Updated July 22, 2015 - 12:44pm 4 24 googleplus0 3


Manny Pacquiao

MANILA, Philippines — A rumor doing the rounds is that Manny Pacquiao will be in the corner for the Philippines basketball federation when it comes to bidding to host the 2019 World Cup.

The boxing great plays basketball with his entourage during breaks in his training and has formed his own professional team which plays in the domestic league. Local reports say he will join Filipino officials to help persuade FIBA to award the tournament to his home country when they present their bids in Japan next month. China also is bidding for the rights.

Chot Reyes, a former coach of the national team and a backer of the bid, said the 2019 event could provide inspiration to a generation of players across Asia.

"With the World Cup 2019, we are not only able to show the world what the sport means to the Philippines, but the opportunity to host a world-class competition like this will further inspire Filipinos both in the Philippines and the 10 million across the globe to chase their dreams," Reyes said. "We also believe that it will offer similar inspiration to other players right across Asia."

Manuel V. Pangilinan, president of the Basketball Federation of the Philippines, said the bid will present "a passionate, innovative and game changing vision from a country on the move."

"In the Philippines, basketball is life," Pangilinan said. "It is part of our cultural fabric and the No. 1 sport which people throughout our country follow devotedly every day."

The local federation said it can prepare four venues for the tournament, including the newly-built Philippine Arena north of Manila which seated more than 52,000 people at the opening game of the professional league last year.

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The Philippines played in the 2014 World Cup in Spain, qualifying for the first time since it hosted the world tournament in 1978. The team finished with a win and four losses, but the fans still won accolades for their passion.

The popularity of the sport can be seen in the ubiquitous presence of basketball courts in both poor and wealthy communities. In neighborhoods lacking convention courts, the best paved roads are often blocked off for village basketball tournaments.

"It is really a sport that is at the heart of every Filipino," Reyes said. "We have 40 percent of the population who know and played the sport, we have the facilities to support the bid and of course incredible fan support for the sport in the Philippines.

"Filipinos are also not just passive sports fans who watch basketball from their homes; they're active and vocal about wanting to see their country host the FIBA World Cup 2019."


MALAYA

POPE’S APPROVAL RATING DIPS IN US AHEAD OF VISIT July 24, 2015

BOSTON. – Pope Francis’ approval rating in the United States has dropped during the past year, according to a poll, with conservatives and Roman Catholics taking a cooler view of the pontiff after his strong warning on environmental crises and criticism of the excesses of capitalism.

The pope, who is due to visit the United States in September, is still warmly regarded by most Americans, with 59 percent telling the Gallup polling service they view him favorably. That figure is down from 76 percent a year ago but in line with his favorability rating shortly after he was elected to lead the 1.2 billion-member Roman Catholic Church in March 2013.

The pope’s popularity fell the most among US adults who identify themselves as conservative, with just 45 percent saying they viewed the Argentine favorably in a poll conducted from July 8 to 12. That was down from 72 percent in February 2014.

Some 71 percent of US Catholics polled said they approved of the pope, down from 89 percent a year earlier.

The decline comes as Francis has changed the focus of his public remarks from that of his immediate predecessors, concentrating less on the Church’s opposition to abortion and gay marriage and spending more of his time discussing social inequity and poverty.

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His environmental encyclical, “Laudato Si,” the first papal pronouncement on climate change, received a lukewarm response from US Republican presidential hopefuls, including former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, both of whom are Catholic. Many in the party consider the science on whether humans are changing the environment unsettled.

“These poll numbers are not surprising and as a matter of fact you could even say there is an upside to them in the sense that it shows people are listening to the pope,” said the Rev. James Bretzke, a professor of moral theology at Boston College.

“They’re not always agreeing with him but they are clearly listening.”

Even with the decline, Francis remains more popular in the United States than his predecessor, Benedict, had been at any time during his eight-year papacy, according to Gallup.

The swing was unusually large for such a prominent figure, said Frank Newport, Gallup’s editor in chief.

“It was a significant change, more so than we usually see for a figure like that,” he said.

The poll of 1,009 US adults has a margin of error of 4 percentage points. – Reuters


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Miriam beats cancer, eyes presidency By Marvin Sy (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 23, 2015 - 12:00am 3 832 googleplus0 0


Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago Senate PRIB photo/Joseph Vidal

MANILA, Philippines - Feisty Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago says she has beaten cancer and is now eyeing another run for the nation’s highest office.

In a statement, Santiago yesterday said Mark Kris of the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York had a consultation with her and her team of local doctors – composed of former health secretary Esperanza Cabral, Gary Lorenzo and Ruth Divinagracia – last Friday at the St. Luke’s Medical Center in Taguig City.

After examining her PET and CT scans, which Kris had fully studied in his New York clinic, Santiago said she was informed that the cancer growth in her left lung has been arrested.

Although no patient can be pronounced cured of cancer, Kris said the senator, by following medical prescriptions, has been able to control the cancer.

Santiago previously said she would consider running for president in 2016 if her health improves. But in a separate statement, she also admitted she lacked financial resources to back a possible presidential campaign.

Santiago said yesterday she was “happily surprised” by the results of a survey on voter preference for the presidential polls conducted by consultancy firm Publicus Asia, which showed her in second place behind Sen. Grace Poe.

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“To remain in the consciousness of voters despite an absence of over a year is certainly a challenge, including remaining in public service. And I consider it in that light,” she said.

In June 2014, Santiago announced that she has stage four lung cancer, eventually forcing her to give up her seat as a judge in the International Criminal Court based in The Hague, the Netherlands.

If she runs for president in 2016, this would be Santiago’s third presidential bid – the first during the 1992 elections, during which Fidel Ramos won by a small margin, and the second during the 1998 polls, where she lost to Joseph Estrada.

Based on recent developments, it appears that Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II would be the presidential candidate of the Liberal Party, with Poe running as an independent and Vice President Jejomar Binay as the standard bearer of the opposition United Nationalist Alliance.

Santiago’s entry in the presidential race could very well shake things up for the three politicians due to her popularity among the younger voters and her strong presence in social media.


INQUIRER

IGLESIA NI CRISTO IN CRISIS: INC expels mother, brother of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo By: Aries J. Hegina and Erika Sauler @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net, Philippine Daily Inquirer
02:50 PM July 23rd, 2015


INC Place of Worship at F. Manalo st. San Juan city. Photo by Marianne Bermudez

THE mother and brother of Eduardo Manalo, executive minister of Iglesia ni Cristo, have been expelled from their church for sowing disunity, an official said on Thursday.

“Masakit man sa loob ng kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay ipinasya nila na itiwalag yung mga lumilikha ng mga pagkakabaha-bahagi sa Iglesia. Kaya sa mga pagsambang isasagawa ng Iglesia ni Cristo simula sa araw na ito, ipaalam sa lahat ng kapatid ang pasyang yun ng Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan,” Bienvenido Santiago, general evangelist of Iglesia, said in a press briefing.

Felix “Angel” Nathaniel Villanueva Manalo and his mother Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva Manalo were expelled for their video uploaded on YouTube claiming that their lives are in danger and that a minister has been abducted.

Tenny is the widow of the late Executive Minister Eraño “Erdy” Manalo.
Aside from Angel and Tenny, the INC also expelled Marco Eraño Villanueva Manalo, and Lolita Manalo Hemedez.

“Ang basa namin doon sa pinahayag nila kagabi sa YouTube ay ibig lamang nilang makakuha ng mga taong magsisimpatya sa kanila. Para sa ganon ay makuha nila ang talagang gusto nila na mapakialaman ang pamamahala sa Iglesia,” Santiago said.

In a video uploaded on YouTube Thursday morning, Angel Manalo said: “Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana’y matulungan niyo po kami.”
(We are asking for your help because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us.)

His mother Tenny asked church members to help her children Angel and Lottie.
“Ako’y nananawagan sa aming mga kapatid sa Iglesia na tulungan ninyo kami dahil may panganib sa aming buhay. Saklolohan niyo ang aking mga anak, si Angel at Lottie at ang kanilang mga kasama. Tulungan niyo rin ang mga ministro na dinukot at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita. Kaawaan natin sila at ang kanilang pamilya,” she said.

(I am appealing to our brethren in the church to help us because there is a threat to our lives. Please help my children, Angel and Lottie and their companions. Let us also help the ministers who were taken and until now have not yet been found.)

Lottie Manalo-Hemedez and Aileen Manalo-Alcantara are Eduardo’s siblings.

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Denial

Santiago, who faced members of the media seeking comment on the video, said the allegations were not true.

“Meron pang alegasyon na dinukot na ministro. Ibig na palabasin na may kinalaman ang Iglesia, wala pong katotohanan, hindi po totoo yun,” Santiago said.

He added:”Dapat malaman ng lahat na ang Iglesia ay hindi isang korporasyon na pampamilya. Ito ay isang relihiyon na ang sinusunod ay mga patakaran at aral ng Diyos na nakasulat sa bibliya. Hindi makakapayag ang kapatid na Eduardo Manalo, ang kasalukuyang tagapamahalang pangkalahatan na ang Iglesia ay guluhin ng sinumang tao,” he said.

It was clear that the mother and son were sowing disunity in the church so the rules must be applied to them, Santiago said.

Held hostage

Tenny also conveyed her wish to speak to Angel’s brother and INC’s current leader Eduardo Manalo.

A blog by a certain Antonio Ebangelista said that the current INC leadership has expelled nine ministers from Sorsogon, Cebu and Bulacan. The author also alleged that some are being tortured in police camps and their families prevented from speaking about their expulsion from the said religious group.

The ministers who were allegedly being held hostage include a certain “Bro. Nolan Olarte,” one “Bro. Boyet Menorca,” and one “Bro. Joven Sepilllo.”

Some ministers who were supposedly expelled include a certain “Arnel Tumanan” and and a “Bro. Jerson Samson.”

A copy of the alleged circular ordering the expulsion of Angel, Tenny, Lolita and Marco Eraño Villanueva Manalo has since been released on Facebook.

The circular, allegedly signed by INC Minister of Gospel Radel Cortez on July 23, states: “Mga mahal na kapatid, kalakip nito ang circular na babasahin sa pagsamba kaugnay sa pagtitiwalag kina Cristina Villanueva Manalo, Felix Nathaniel Villanueva Manalo, Marco Eraño Villanueva at Lolita Manalo Hernandez.”

The circular should be read by the minister of the local district during the end of each worship service starting Thursday, July 23 to Saturday, July 25.

The controversy came days before the INC will celebrate its 101st anniversary on Monday, July 27.


INQUIRER

Statement of INC on expulsion of Manalo kin, ministers @inquirerdotnet INQUIRER.net 06:07 PM July 23rd, 2015


Eduardo Manalo, INC Executive Minister

WATCH VIDEO BELOW: Here is the text Statement of Brother Bienvenido Santiago, General Evangelist of the Iglesia Ni Cristo:

Magandang umaga sa inyong lahat.

Alam ko na narito kayo upang hingin ang aming pahayag tungkol doon sa youtube kagabi.

Yung lumabas sa YouTube kagabi na pahayag ni Angel Manalo at ng kanilang ina na nananawagan sa mga kaanib ng Iglesia para sila ay tulungan dahil diumano ay nanganganib ang kanilang buhay at meron pang alegasyon na meron pang dinukot na mga ministro na waring ibig na palabasin na may kinalaman ang Iglesia ay wala pong katotohanan. Hindi po totoo yun.

Ang Iglesia ay isandaan at isang taon na sa Lunes at dumaan na rin ito sa napakaraming mga pag-uusig, panggigipit at maraming pagsubok, subalit ang tanging pinanghawakan at inasahan ng Iglesia ay ang mga aral ng Diyos na sinasampalatayanan nito na nakasulat sa Biblia at yung tulong at patnubay ng ating panginoong Diyos. Ang kasalukuyang Pamamahala ng Iglesia sa pangunguna ng kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay namamalaging nanghahawak sa patakarang yan, hindi humihiwalay sa mga itinuro ng Diyos nang magsimulang mangaral dito sa Pilipinas ang kapatid na Felix Y. Manalo.

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Ang basa namin doon sa ipinahayag nila kagabi sa youtube ay ibig lamang nila na makakuha ng mga tao na magsisimpatiya sa kanila, para ng sa ganoon ay makuha nila yung talagang gusto nila na mapakialaman ang Pamamahala sa Iglesia.

Dapat malaman ng lahat na ang Iglesia ay hindi isang korporasyon na pang-pamilya. Ito ay isang relihiyon na ang sinusunod ay ang mga patakaran at mga aral ng Diyos na nakasulat sa Biblia. Hindi po makapapayag ang kapatid na Eduardo Manalo, ang kasalukuyang Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan, na ang Iglesia ay guluhin ng sinumang tao.

Kaya dun sa ginawa nila na yun kagabi na maliwanag naman na ang layon ay makalikha ng mga pagkabaha-bahagi ay di maiiwasn na ipatupad sa kanila ang mga tuntunin at patakaran ng Iglesia na ipinatutupad ng Tagapamahalang Pangkalahatan sa lahat sa lahat ng mga kaanib sa Iglesia.

Kaya masakit man sa loob ng Kapatid na Eduardo Manalo ay ipinasya nila na itiwalag ang mga lumilikha ng mga pagkakabaha-bahagi sa iglesia. Kaya sa mga pagsambang isasagawa ng Iglesia Ni Cristo simula sa araw na ito ay ipapaalam yun sa lahat ng mga kapatid yung pasiyang yun ng Tagapamahalaang Pangkalahatan…

 
URL: https://youtu.be/wyf4FT-39Ag?t=226


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House of Manalo divided INC HEAD DETAINS, EXPELS HIS MOTHER, SIBLINGS By: Tarra Quismundo and Erika Sauler @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:05 AM July 24th, 2015


UNHOLY REVELATIONS The headquarters of the powerful Iglesia ni Cristo on Commonwealth Avenue in Diliman, Quezon City. Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo (left), de facto head of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has ousted his mother Tenny (Cristina) and brother Angel (Felix Nathaniel) and other siblings from the Christian sect after the two posted a video on YouTube claiming that their lives are in danger. Some 10 ministers of the group founded by Felix Manalo in 1914 have also reportedly been abducted by armed men for allegedly exposing massive corruption in the INC. EDWIN BACASMAS/VIDEO GRAB FROM YOUTUBE

A brief plea for help posted on YouTube on Wednesday night exposed cracks within the family behind the politically influential and formidable Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and what appears to be a power struggle within the century-old indigenous Christian group.

On Thursday, in response to the post, INC expelled Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva Manalo and Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Villanueva Manalo, mother and younger brother of the group’s executive minister Eduardo V. Manalo, allegedly for trying to divide and seize power in the third-largest religious group in the Philippines.

Eduardo is the first child of the late INC executive minister Eraño Manalo with Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva.

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Their other children are Felix Nathaniel, Marco Eraño, Lolita, Erlinda and Liberty. In July 2014, Eduardo led INC’s centennial anniversary celebration, with the unveiling of the 55,000-seat, $200-million Philippine Arena—declared the “largest mixed-use indoor theater” by Guinness World Records—in Ciudad de Victoria, Bocaue town in Bulacan province.

What appeared to be a family feud became public on Thursday with the expulsion of Tenny and Angel.

The expulsions came as INC prepared for its 101st anniversary on July 27.

Marco Eraño Villanueva Manalo and Lolita “Lottie” Manalo Hemedez, brother and sister of Manalo, were also expelled, but it was not clear why. It was also not immediately clear what happened to them, but Tenny and Angel, on the 1-minute-55-second video they posted on YouTube on Wednesday night, appealed for help, saying their lives were “in danger.” Mother and son said there were threats to their lives and some ministers had been “taken.”

‘Help us’

“We are appealing to you because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us,” said Angel, who opened the video message. He introduced himself as the son of Ka Erdy (Eraño Manalo), who headed INC for 46 years until his death in August 2009.

He is the younger brother of Eduardo, who took over the INC leadership after Eraño’s death. “I hope that you also listen to the appeal of my mother, Sister Tenny Manalo,” Angel said in Filipino.

In her plea, Tenny gave scant but telling clues about who were behind the alleged threats to her and her son’s lives. “I’m appealing to our brethren in the church to help us because there is a threat to our very lives. Please help my children Angel and Lottie and their companions,” Tenny said.

She called for help for at least 10 INC ministers “who were taken and until now have not yet been found.” “Let us show mercy to them and to their families,” she said. Her voice quivering, Tenny appealed to her eldest son: “And to my son Eduardo, I hope to talk to you.”

No report to authorities

She ended with another call to INC followers: “Dear brethren, may the Lord God help us all. Many thanks to all of you.” Sought for comment on Thursday, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said the Manalos’ plea for help had not reached her office. “No such information or report,” De Lima said.

The Philippine National Police said it was looking into allegations by some INC members that some ministers of the group had been kidnapped. Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor, spokesman for the PNP, said the PNP Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG)and the Quezon City Police District had been ordered to check out the allegations and the appeal for help by Tenny and Angel Manalo. “We are giving this due attention. The AKG and the QCPD are verifying the situation,” Mayor told reporters.

Senior Supt. Roberto Fajardo, AKG chief, said his unit had not yet received reports about the kidnapping of INC ministers or of members of the Manalo family. He said his unit would take action once it received a complaint. Several INC followers gathered at the gate of the Manalo home on Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City, trying to find out what had happened to the expelled family members.

‘Third party’

Shirley and Roel Rosal, who were expelled from the group in June allegedly for trying to expose corruption involving INC ministers, said rumors of a schism in the Manalo family had been going around for a long time, but added that they believed the talk of division was being encouraged by a “third party” within the group’s administration.

Shirley Rosal said she went to the Manalo home because she had seen the video and she was heeding calls for help on social media. She said she had seen a sign inside the house that read “hostage.”

“There was a drone [a while ago] and there were people monitoring us,” she said. Supt. Ariel Capocao, chief of the Talipapa police station that has jurisdiction over the area, said no complaint had been received from the Manalo home. “They have internal security. If there’s any trouble, they would have already contacted me,” Capocao said.

Water, electricity cut

Sarah Manuel, 34, one of the INC followers gathered at the gate of the Manalo home, said she had learned that the water and electricity to the family home had been cut. “We don’t want a fight. I saw the video last night where they were asking for help. Our initial reaction, as people who love the Iglesia, is we just want to help.

We want to give them food and drink, and offer to bring them to their family elsewhere,” Manuel told reporters. “I don’t know what happened to them. I’ve always thought the Iglesia was doing fine. I don’t know what’s wrong. I just saw the video,” she said.

‘Not true’

Bienvenido Santiago, INC general evangelist, told a news conference on Thursday that Tenny and Angel were expelled for posting the video, claiming their lives were in danger and some ministers had been kidnapped.

“Although it is painful for Brother Eduardo Manalo, the general leadership decided to expel those who are causing division in the Iglesia,” Santiago said. “They allege that some ministers have been kidnapped. They want to make it appear that Iglesia is involved. That’s not true,” he said.

“Our reading of their message on YouTube last night is that they want to get the support of members who sympathize with them so they can get what they really want—to have a say in the running of the Iglesia,” he said.

Not family corporation

“All should know that Iglesia is not a family corporation. It is a religion that follows the teachings of God found in the Bible. Brother Eduardo Manalo and the general leadership cannot allow meddling by anyone,” he said. Santiago said Tenny and Angel tried to divide INC and the group applied its rules of discipline to them.–With reports from Jaymee T. Gamil, Julie M. Aurelio and Tina G. Santos

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