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IGLESIA NI CRISTO ENDS PROTEST THIS MORNING AFTER TALKS WITH GOVT


AUGUST 31 -In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Bienvenido Santiago, general minister of the indigenous religious organization Iglesia ni Cristo, speaks at a press conference. On Monday, Santiago announced an end to the nationwide protests against the Department of Justice investigation into the alleged illegal detention of some of its expelled members. Philstar.com/File Officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) agreed on Monday to end the five-day mass action after talks with government. "Nagkausap na po ang panig ng Iglesia at panig ng pamahalaan, nagkapaliwanagan na po ang dalawang panig," INC general minister Bienvenido Santiago said in a statement aired on Net 25, an church-run broadcast network. "Ito pong ating isinagawang pagtitipon na sinimulan natin noong Huwebes ng hapon ay natatapos nang mapayapa rin ngayon pong Lunes ng umaga," Santiago added. The protests questioned an illegal detention complaint against eight members of the church council, or Sanggunian, filed by expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr. before the Department of Justice late August. Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo assemble on Sunday night along EDSA, a major thoroughfare crossing Mandaluyong City, as they question the Department of Justice's investigation into alleged illegal detention of some of its expelled members. The five-day protest is set to end by midday on Monday, church officials announced. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV Early on Monday, Protesters initially began to converge outside the Department of Justice building in Manila, as they transferred their protest action from EDSA in Mandaluyong City. As of posting time, EDSA remains occupied with only two operational lanes for motorists. Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos said in a radio report that INC demonstrators are expected to have cleared EDSA-Mandaluyong by 11 a.m. READ MORE...

ALSO: 6 truckloads of garbage hauled from INC rally


AUGUST 31 -Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo assemble along EDSA, a major thoroughfare crossing Mandaluyong City, for a mass action against the Department of Justice's investigation into the illegal detention case against some of the religious organization's top leaders on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2015. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hauled away trash that filled six large dump trucks from the EDSA-Crossing area in Mandaluyong City immediately after members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) ended their rally on Monday. According to Francis Martinez, head of the MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group, the collected garbage consisted mainly of plastic food wrappers and other food containers. Martinez said the MMDA deployed some 150 cleaners, including street sweepers to clear up and sanitize the Crossing area, as well as the northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA at Shaw Boulevard that were also occupied by those who attended the rally. Martinez said the MMDA also used chemicals and a flushing truck to remove the strong stench of urine in the area. Meanwhile, the MMDA's Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) declared the northbound and southbound service roads near the EDSA Crossing area passable to vehicular traffic shortly before noon. "The EDSA-Shaw Boulevard underpass and the ground level service roads both north bound and southbound are now passable," said MMDA-TDO chief Crisanto Saruca in a text message sent at 12:48 pm. Officials of the INC on Monday agreed to end the five-day mass action after talks with government.THIS IS THE FULL REPORT...

ALSO: Expelled minister urges DOJ to continue probe


AUGUST 31 -“We urged the DOJ to already docket the case for the conduct of preliminary investigation to accord our clients their right to due process of law,” expelled INC minister Isaias Samson’s lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles told The STAR. Philstar.com/File
The Department of Justice (DOJ) should proceed with the preliminary investigation on criminal charges filed against leaders of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) by expelled minister Isaias Samson and his family. The camp of Samson made this call yesterday as the protest rally staged by members of the INC at the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard continued to grow. “We urged the DOJ to already docket the case for the conduct of preliminary investigation to accord our clients their right to due process of law,” Samson’s lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles told The STAR. Angeles explained that the complaint for serious illegal detention, harassment, grave threats and coercion filed by Samson, his wife Myrna Dionela and son Isaias Jr. was not immediately docketed in the DOJ because of insufficient number of copies when they filed it last week. When they returned to the DOJ and completed the requirements last Thursday, Angeles said the INC rally outside the DOJ along Padre Faura in Manila had started. “By now it should be docketed and the (preliminary probe) should commence,” she said. Angeles further pointed out the conduct of a PI should be ministerial on the part of the DOJ to determine if there is probable cause that could warrant the filing of cases in court. She believes the DOJ would have no choice as inaction on the charges might constitute dereliction of duties on the part of officials and could make them liable under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. Angeles explained that it is only at the end of the conduct of PI where the decision or discretion of the investigating prosecutor comes in and when the aggrieved parties may raise questions. “We really don’t know where the insinuation (by the INC protesters) of unfair handling by the DOJ on the complaint came from when the DOJ has not even acted on the case yet,” she said. Angeles also lamented the statements made by Sen. Grace Poe supporting the cause of the INC over the issue. She said Poe may have violated the law in publicly supporting the protest of INC against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima. Angeles believes the pronouncements made by Poe calling on De Lima to prioritize other cases over the complaint filed by Samson could constitute a criminal offense under Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act. READ MORE...

ALSO INQUIRER EDITORIAL: Iglesia nonsense


AUGUST 31 -Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) by Erangot ...GOOGLED IMAGE
THE OFFICIAL reasons given by Iglesia ni Cristo officials and spokespersons for the protest actions that began on Thursday—first at the Department of Justice in Manila, then at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon City, and then since Saturday at the intersection of Edsa and Shaw in Mandaluyong—do not make sense. They do not stand logical or legal scrutiny. Instead, they betray the surge of panic that has overtaken some of the leaders of the influential church. To begin, not at the beginning, but at the end: The protest organizers misunderstand the longstanding doctrine of the separation of church and state, which is the main reason they have offered to justify their collective mass action. That doctrine does not mean that offenses committed internally—that is, inside the church or within the congregation—cannot be investigated by the state; if a crime is involved, or alleged, then by definition that kind of violation is an offense against “the people,” and the state is duty-bound to investigate the matter. If evidence exists of the crime, the state must prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent, to meet the ends of justice. The separation doctrine the officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo are invoking do not grant them, or indeed any leader or member of any church, an exemption from that fundamental principle: No one is above the law. CONTINUE READING...

ALSO by R. Tiglao: ‘Reap the Whirlwind’ - What’s behind the INC revolt?


AUGUST 30 -by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO
The camp of 2016 presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd had threatened the Iglesia Ni Cristo with a “Napoles”-and-“Enrile”-type of operations if the religious group does not support his candidacy, or if it does not at least stand neutral in next year’s polls, according to sources close to the second biggest Christian church in the country.If the Iglesia refuses to do Roxas 2nd’s bidding as, in fact, it did, his camp calculated that the exposé of alleged massive corruption in the INC, and of a schism within, led by the former INC leader’s widow, would weaken its legitimacy to a point where its members would not follow its leadership’s endorsement of a presidential bet for 2016.The illegal detention charges against practically the entire INC leadership, except for Eduardo Manalo, were a thinly veiled threat to put them all in jail if they did not follow Roxas 2nd’s orders.No wonder the INC is in such a state of revolt never before seen in its 101 years of existence.It was a desperate move on the part of Roxas’ strategists since all their surveys showed that he would most definitely lose in the 2016 elections, as President Aquino himself actually had concluded.They thought that the INC’s bloc vote for Roxas, estimated at 1.4 million, or more than half its membership, would give him a fighting chance, or at least provide them with the smokescreen for cheating.But despite Roxas’ intense lobbying, the INC leadership had sent word that it could not support his candidacy in 2016. This was because the INC felt that Roxas was a failure in the two Cabinet posts he held and that the Aquino Administration — which it supported in 2010 — had not delivered on its promises. The INC even specifically pointed out the government’s failure to bring justice to the Special Action Force commandos massacred at Mamasapano, Maguindanao, two of whom were INC members.“Gusto nilang pilitin kaming suportahin ang manok nila.” (They want to compel us to support their candidate [in the 2016 elections).“Gusto nilang pilitin kaming suportahin ang manok nila.” (They want to compel us to support their candidate [in the 2016 elections).Aquino and Roxas, however, have shot themselves in the foot by grossly underestimating the power of the INC to mobilize thousands of warm bodies in the streets to launch a siege against the Aquino government. Roxas’ camp may have even forgotten that the INC has a popular TV and radio broadcasting network — a powerful force in mass political mobilization and in coup d’etats. The INC’s TV station Net 25 is even more professionally run and has a stronger TV signal than the government’s NBN station, which pathetically has been totally inutile in countering Net 25.INC head Manalo had quickly rallied the Church’s top leaders as nobody else had joined the tiny break-away group, which seems to have vanished after its first and last YouTube propaganda push several weeks ago.The Catholic backlash against the INC’s political action is inconsequential, as the Catholic Church does not have command votes. Roxas 2nd has made the INC his mortal enemy, which feels its survival is at stake. The INC would likely even horse-trade its clout in local elections to ensure a tsunami of votes against the Yellow Candidate.While the INC almost always in the past elections voted as a bloc, this would be the first time that it would actively campaign against a presidential candidate.It’s Hosea 8:10, the source claimed: “They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind.” “Nearly all political leaders in the post-war era, except Cory Aquino, respected the voting power of the INC and honored it as a religious organization just as they did the Catholic Church’s Princes,” the source close to the INC said. “It’s only this President and Roxas who had the gall to threaten and actually attack it.” READ MORE...AND !!! 72 READERS' RESPONSES...


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INC ends 5-day protest


AUGUST 31 -In this Aug. 26, 2015 photo, Bienvenido Santiago, general minister of the indigenous religious organization Iglesia ni Cristo, speaks at a press conference. On Monday, Santiago announced an end to the nationwide protests against the Department of Justice investigation into the alleged illegal detention of some of its expelled members. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, AUGUST 31, 2015, (PHILSTAR) Officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) agreed on Monday to end the five-day mass action after talks with government.

"Nagkausap na po ang panig ng Iglesia at panig ng pamahalaan, nagkapaliwanagan na po ang dalawang panig," INC general minister Bienvenido Santiago said in a statement aired on Net 25, an church-run broadcast network.

"Ito pong ating isinagawang pagtitipon na sinimulan natin noong Huwebes ng hapon ay natatapos nang mapayapa rin ngayon pong Lunes ng umaga," Santiago added.

The protests questioned an illegal detention complaint against eight members of the church council, or Sanggunian, filed by expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr. before the Department of Justice late August.

Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo assemble on Sunday night along EDSA, a major thoroughfare crossing Mandaluyong City, as they question the Department of Justice's investigation into alleged illegal detention of some of its expelled members. The five-day protest is set to end by midday on Monday, church officials announced. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

Early on Monday, Protesters initially began to converge outside the Department of Justice building in Manila, as they transferred their protest action from EDSA in Mandaluyong City.

As of posting time, EDSA remains occupied with only two operational lanes for motorists.

Mandaluyong Mayor Benhur Abalos said in a radio report that INC demonstrators are expected to have cleared EDSA-Mandaluyong by 11 a.m.

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Upon hearing news of the announcement, INC members along EDSA expressed gratitude and claimed victory, saying the mass action was "successful."

"Mabuhay ang Iglesia ni Cristo!" the rallyists cheered. — reports from Camille Diola, Efigenio Toledo IV and Robertzon Ramirez


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6 truckloads of garbage hauled from INC rally By Mike Frialde (philstar.com) | Updated August 31, 2015 - 3:19pm 0 0 googleplus0 0


Members of the Iglesia ni Cristo assemble along EDSA, a major thoroughfare crossing Mandaluyong City, for a mass action against the Department of Justice's investigation into the illegal detention case against some of the religious organization's top leaders on Sunday, Aug. 31, 2015. Philstar.com/Efigenio Toledo IV

MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) hauled away trash that filled six large dump trucks from the EDSA-Crossing area in Mandaluyong City immediately after members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) ended their rally on Monday.

According to Francis Martinez, head of the MMDA’s Metro Parkway Clearing Group, the collected garbage consisted mainly of plastic food wrappers and other food containers.

Martinez said the MMDA deployed some 150 cleaners, including street sweepers to clear up and sanitize the Crossing area, as well as the northbound and southbound lanes of EDSA at Shaw Boulevard that were also occupied by those who attended the rally.

Martinez said the MMDA also used chemicals and a flushing truck to remove the strong stench of urine in the area.

Meanwhile, the MMDA's Traffic Discipline Office (TDO) declared the northbound and southbound service roads near the EDSA Crossing area passable to vehicular traffic shortly before noon.

"The EDSA-Shaw Boulevard underpass and the ground level service roads both north bound and southbound are now passable," said MMDA-TDO chief Crisanto Saruca in a text message sent at 12:48 pm.

Officials of the INC on Monday agreed to end the five-day mass action after talks with government.


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Expelled minister urges DOJ to continue probe By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated August 31, 2015 - 12:00am 1 445 googleplus0 1


“We urged the DOJ to already docket the case for the conduct of preliminary investigation to accord our clients their right to due process of law,” expelled INC minister Isaias Samson’s lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles told The STAR. Philstar.com/File

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Justice (DOJ) should proceed with the preliminary investigation on criminal charges filed against leaders of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) by expelled minister Isaias Samson and his family.

The camp of Samson made this call yesterday as the protest rally staged by members of the INC at the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard continued to grow.

“We urged the DOJ to already docket the case for the conduct of preliminary investigation to accord our clients their right to due process of law,” Samson’s lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles told The STAR.

Angeles explained that the complaint for serious illegal detention, harassment, grave threats and coercion filed by Samson, his wife Myrna Dionela and son Isaias Jr. was not immediately docketed in the DOJ because of insufficient number of copies when they filed it last week.

When they returned to the DOJ and completed the requirements last Thursday, Angeles said the INC rally outside the DOJ along Padre Faura in Manila had started.

“By now it should be docketed and the (preliminary probe) should commence,” she said.

Angeles further pointed out the conduct of a PI should be ministerial on the part of the DOJ to determine if there is probable cause that could warrant the filing of cases in court.

She believes the DOJ would have no choice as inaction on the charges might constitute dereliction of duties on the part of officials and could make them liable under the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

Angeles explained that it is only at the end of the conduct of PI where the decision or discretion of the investigating prosecutor comes in and when the aggrieved parties may raise questions.

“We really don’t know where the insinuation (by the INC protesters) of unfair handling by the DOJ on the complaint came from when the DOJ has not even acted on the case yet,” she said.

Angeles also lamented the statements made by Sen. Grace Poe supporting the cause of the INC over the issue.

She said Poe may have violated the law in publicly supporting the protest of INC against Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

Angeles believes the pronouncements made by Poe calling on De Lima to prioritize other cases over the complaint filed by Samson could constitute a criminal offense under Republic Act No. 3019 or the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act.

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She said the law considers as a crime acts of “persuading, inducing or influencing another public officer to perform an act constituting a violation of rules and regulations duly promulgated by competent authority or an offense in connection with the official duties of the latter, or allowing himself to be persuaded, induced, or influenced to commit such violation or offense.”

“It is an act of graft if someone asks the DOJ not to act on a criminal complaint, just as what Sen. Grace Poe did,” Angeles stressed.

Poe assailed De Lima for acting on the allegations of the expelled INC ministers and specifically on Samson’s case.


Senator Poe assailing DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima for acting on the alleged abductions of INC ministers and specifically on Samson’s case. “Magtataka ka rin, bakit ang tutok doon, samantalang halimbawa ang ibang mga kaso ng gobyerno wala naman silang mga witnesses pa na naka-hold (You would wonder why the focus is there while for other government cases they have not held witnesses yet),” Poe was quoted as saying, referring to the INC case. Poe added that De Lima should explain the merits of the INC case to the public, and why the DOJ was handling it. “Siguro mas makakabuti…ay humarap siya sa mga tao na nagra-rally ‘pag mahinahon, at i-eksplika kung ano ba ang sitwasyon, bakit nangyari na gano’n (Maybe it would be better for her to face the protesters when they are calm, and explain the situation and why it happened that way),” she said. MANILA BULLETIN AUGUST 30, 2015

Poe called on De Lima to explain the merits of the INC case and why the DOJ was handling it.

She said it would be better for De Lima to face the INC protesters and explain the situation.

The Samson family named as respondents the members of the Sanggunian, the INC’s highest administrative council – Glicero Santos Jr., Radel Cortez, Bienvenido Santiago Sr., Mathusalem Pareja, Rolando Esguerra, Eraño Codera, Rodelio Cabrera and Maximo Bularan.

The complainants alleged they were prohibited from leaving their house in Quezon City last July after he was accused of being “Antonio Ebanghelista,” the supposed blogger who had been writing against the INC.

Samson, former editor-in-chief of INC’s official publication Pasugo, denied the allegation.

“Since I really was and still am not the person they are accusing me to be, I simply but carefully evaded their ridiculous questions. After an hour of not getting any favorable answer from me, they shifted to a more stringent, threatening and ultimately wildly aggressive mode of interrogation. The whole affair felt very surreal to me; and the feeling of fear and anxiety made me think that I was experiencing what it would have been like to be the subject of Torquemada’s Inquisition,” he stated in the complaint.

“Little by little, it became clear to me that the Sanggunian was hell-bent on pinning the great exposé on me. True enough, in a bid to extract more information which they thought they could use to substantiate their specious allegations, they subsequently confiscated my phone and my office desktop computer,” he added.


PHOTO OF Isaias Samson Jr.

Samson further claimed their relatives were prohibited from visiting them; they were not allowed to go to a doctor so his wife who has hypertension and wears a pacemaker can have a checkup, and someone was sent to buy groceries for them.

He recalled seeing heavily armed men guarding the front of the house to prevent them from leaving or even from buying groceries.

Samson said they were able to escape by pretending to attend worship service.

On July 23, Samson held a press conference and a certain Colonel Pedroso and some policemen came and said they would secure and protect him.

The supposed lawmen ran away after members of the media tried to approach them.


In this Jul 27, 2015 photo - Angel Manalo also tells his brother, Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo: 'Ang mommy, sana, makausap mo na. Sabik na sabik siya.' Angel Manalo: 'Kuya, sana magkausap na tayo'  FROM RAPPLER.COM

Last July 30, complainants said they received news that the Sanggunian ordered the forcible opening of their house and search and seizure of all their belongings.

Justice Secretary De Lima, who is being targeted by the INC protest over the supposed shortcut and unfair handling of the charges, remained mum on the issue.

After saying she was just doing her job and had no motive other than faithful performance of her sworn duties last Thursday, De Lima has not spoken.

Malacañang defended De Lima and called on INC protesters to respect the rule of law.


INQUIRER EDITORIAL

Iglesia nonsense @inquirerdotnet Philippine Daily Inquirer 02:15 AM August 31st, 2015


Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) by Erangot ...GOOGLED IMAGE

HE OFFICIAL reasons given by Iglesia ni Cristo officials and spokespersons for the protest actions that began on Thursday—first at the Department of Justice in Manila, then at the Edsa Shrine in Quezon City, and then since Saturday at the intersection of Edsa and Shaw in Mandaluyong—do not make sense. They do not stand logical or legal scrutiny.

Instead, they betray the surge of panic that has overtaken some of the leaders of the influential church.

READ: Law, politics and the Iglesia ni Cristo

To begin, not at the beginning, but at the end: The protest organizers misunderstand the longstanding doctrine of the separation of church and state, which is the main reason they have offered to justify their collective mass action.

That doctrine does not mean that offenses committed internally—that is, inside the church or within the congregation—cannot be investigated by the state; if a crime is involved, or alleged, then by definition that kind of violation is an offense against “the people,” and the state is duty-bound to investigate the matter. If evidence exists of the crime, the state must prosecute the guilty to the fullest extent, to meet the ends of justice.

The separation doctrine the officials of the Iglesia ni Cristo are invoking do not grant them, or indeed any leader or member of any church, an exemption from that fundamental principle: No one is above the law.

READ: Impunity and the Iglesia ni Cristo


Former Pasugo Editor, Isaias Samson Jr. officially out of Iglesia ni Cristo

Last week, the family of a former highly placed minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo filed a case for serious illegal detention against eight members of the church’s governing council. Isaias Samson Jr., the former chief editor of the official Iglesia publication, and his wife and son sued the officials—allegedly for detaining them for nine days in July in their own home, holding them incommunicado, confiscating their passports and subjecting them to repeated interrogation. (In the blog of the whistle-blower using the pseudonym Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista, the eight are identified as Glicerio Santos Jr., Radel Cortez, Bienvenido Santiago Sr., Mathusalem Pareja, Rolando Esguerra, Eraño Codera, Rodelio Cabrerra and Maximo Bularan.)

The nightmare happened because Samson was suspected of being the whistle-blower Ebangelista, and it ended only when the family escaped.

What did Ebangelista blow the whistle on?

That top officials of the powerful and affluent church had engaged in systematic corruption.

The crisis broke wide open when the mother and the brother of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s own executive minister, Eduardo V. Manalo, aired a video on YouTube, claiming that their lives were in real danger; the mother, widow of the second and longest-serving leader of the church, even pleaded for an audience with her oldest son.

READ: Iglesia ni Cristo member: My heart grieves for ‘misled’ brethren

About a month later, on Aug. 25, the Samson family filed their case. By Aug. 26, word that the Iglesia ni Cristo was planning to picket the Department of Justice began to spread. On Aug. 27, the Iglesia ni Cristo protests hit the streets. How can the Iglesia officials accuse De Lima of bias and giving “excessive attention” to the case? The process has only started.

"How can the Iglesia officials accuse De Lima of bias
and giving “ excessive attention” to the case?
The process has only started."

By Aug. 28, the official response had morphed into a set of justifications: By accepting the case (as of course De Lima was bound by her obligations to do), the justice secretary was supposed to have acted with evident bias

Why? Because she had failed to act in other cases. Hence, the repeated and strategic mention in the Edsa protest actions of the Mamasapano incident and the death of the 44 Special Action Force troopers, as well as other high-profile cases De Lima had allegedly failed to attend to.

This bag of reasons has a gaping hole at the bottom: It assumes that the Department of Justice can work on only one case at a time. And it is proof of classic misdirection. This is not about the separation of church and state; it is simply, emphatically, about holding powerful people to account, under the laws that govern us all.

READ: Iglesia ni Cristo protester at Edsa rally: ‘Wala kaming napala. Nagpagod lang kami’

The Iglesia ni Cristo is served by able counsel; indeed, in the last 15 years or so, two of their lawyers have preceded De Lima in her seat. The eight officials involved could have taken the legal route. Instead, they and the protest organizers rushed to drag their members and their church’s own good name through the mud, all to avoid the necessary accounting. Patent, and painful, nonsense.

Editors’ Note. The original version of the editorial began by stating that the protest actions started on Friday, instead of Thursday. This mistake has been corrected as of 9:44 am. Our apologies for the error.

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MANILA TIMES EDITORIAL

‘Reap the Whirlwind:’ What’s behind the INC revolt?
August 30, 2015 10:00 pm RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO


by RIGOBERTO D. TIGLAO

The camp of 2016 presidential candidate Manuel Roxas 2nd had threatened the Iglesia Ni Cristo with a “Napoles”-and-“Enrile”-type of operations if the religious group does not support his candidacy, or if it does not at least stand neutral in next year’s polls, according to sources close to the second biggest Christian church in the country.

If the Iglesia refuses to do Roxas 2nd’s bidding as, in fact, it did, his camp calculated that the exposé of alleged massive corruption in the INC, and of a schism within, led by the former INC leader’s widow, would weaken its legitimacy to a point where its members would not follow its leadership’s endorsement of a presidential bet for 2016.

The illegal detention charges against practically the entire INC leadership, except for Eduardo Manalo, were a thinly veiled threat to put them all in jail if they did not follow Roxas 2nd’s orders.

No wonder the INC is in such a state of revolt never before seen in its 101 years of existence.

It was a desperate move on the part of Roxas’ strategists since all their surveys showed that he would most definitely lose in the 2016 elections, as President Aquino himself actually had concluded.

They thought that the INC’s bloc vote for Roxas, estimated at 1.4 million, or more than half its membership, would give him a fighting chance, or at least provide them with the smokescreen for cheating.

But despite Roxas’ intense lobbying, the INC leadership had sent word that it could not support his candidacy in 2016. This was because the INC felt that Roxas was a failure in the two Cabinet posts he held and that the Aquino Administration — which it supported in 2010 — had not delivered on its promises.

The INC even specifically pointed out the government’s failure to bring justice to the Special Action Force commandos massacred at Mamasapano, Maguindanao, two of whom were INC members.


“Gusto nilang pilitin kaming suportahin ang manok nila.” (They want to compel us to support their candidate [in the 2016 elections).

Aquino and Roxas, however, have shot themselves in the foot by grossly underestimating the power of the INC to mobilize thousands of warm bodies in the streets to launch a siege against the Aquino government.



Roxas’ camp may have even forgotten that the INC has a popular TV and radio broadcasting network — a powerful force in mass political mobilization and in coup d’etats. The INC’s TV station Net 25 is even more professionally run and has a stronger TV signal than the government’s NBN station, which pathetically has been totally inutile in countering Net 25.

INC head Manalo had quickly rallied the Church’s top leaders as nobody else had joined the tiny break-away group, which seems to have vanished after its first and last YouTube propaganda push several weeks ago.

The Catholic backlash against the INC’s political action is inconsequential, as the Catholic Church does not have command votes. Roxas 2nd has made the INC his mortal enemy, which feels its survival is at stake. The INC would likely even horse-trade its clout in local elections to ensure a tsunami of votes against the Yellow Candidate.

While the INC almost always in the past elections voted as a bloc, this would be the first time that it would actively campaign against a presidential candidate.

It’s Hosea 8:10, the source claimed: “They that sow the wind, shall reap the whirlwind.”

“Nearly all political leaders in the post-war era, except Cory Aquino, respected the voting power of the INC and honored it as a religious organization just as they did the Catholic Church’s Princes,” the source close to the INC said.

“It’s only this President and Roxas who had the gall to threaten and actually attack it.”

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What the intellectually unsophisticated INC leaders really mean when they say, “respect the separation of church and state” is this: That the administration cannot tell the INC who to vote for. This is what its members in the streets mouthing that term think it means.

The INC so far has focused its attack on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, as they said they had concrete proof of her role in the planned charges against their group.

It hasn’t categorically called for Aquino’s resignation, as this would violate their dogma of being supportive of a duly constituted government. But this has been a subterfuge on their part, as neither did INC call for Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s ouster in April 2001, even if its members provided much of the warm bodies for the so-called EDSA Tres uprising against the Administration.


INC PROTEST AT EDSA POSTERS.....

Not Aquino 3rd but Roxas 2nd

Neither have the INC protesters openly condemned Aquino, as its leaders believe that it is Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel Roxas 2nd or his strategists who thought of the plan to threaten the INC or at least mar its reputation.

A source claimed that Cristina (“Tenny”) Manalo, widow of the late Eraño Manalo who had headed the church until 2009, is a good friend of Judith Araneta-Roxas, Roxas 2nd’s mother.

It was Mrs. Manalo, with her son Felix Nathaniel “Angel,” who posted in mid-July this year on YouTube pleas for help, claiming their lives were being threatened and that they were illegally detained for raising allegations of corruption in the INC hierarchy, now led by her eldest son Eduardo.

The swift deployment of police and Commission on Human Rights (CHR) agents to Angel’s compound was viewed by the INC as a move ordered by Roxas, since he headed the Philippine National Police, and since his factotum Liberal Party director general Chito Gascon assumed chairmanship of the CHR only in June.

The trigger that pushed the INC to go all out against the government was the filing by Isaiah Samson, a former editor of its internal newspaper Pasugo, of illegal detention charges against eight ministers who made up Manalo’s leadership core, including Glicerio Santos Jr., head of the Sanggunian, the highest administrative council of the INC.

“It’s like filing criminal charges, non-bailable, against the Liberal Party’s entire executive committee,” the source said. “Do you think Samson has the gall or the funds to take on the INC?”

“Someone is pulling the strings, just as someone was pulling the strings of Benhur Luy, who fingered mostly opposition leaders as having been involved in the pork-barrel scam.” “Mrs. Manalo and Angel, on the other hand, seem to have disappeared after their Youtube episode.”

It was Justice Secretary de Lima who personally received the complaint, even arranging a media event out of it. She was about to have it pursued by her hand-picked prosecutors in a trial court until the INC laid siege to her offices in Padre Faura.


DE LIMA

Three yellow tactics

The attack against the INC has all of three distinctive yellow tactics used by Aquino against his perceived enemies in the past five years. These are as follows:

First, file illegal detention charges, to put them immediately in jail. It was the illegal detention charge – which is non-bailable – against Janet Napoles that served as the opening salvo for de Lima’s National Bureau of Investigation’s campaign on the pork-barrel scam that eventually put three once powerful opposition senators to jail. It was the illegal detention charge that put Napoles in jail, and for which she was convicted for 40 years – not the plunder cases against her. Tycoon Roberto Ongpin – who the Aquino operatives thought they could force to spill the beans against former president Arroyo and her husband – was charged with illegal detention filed by a former employee.

Second, portray them as corrupt. The three opposition senators were jailed after they were portrayed as big-time grafters, and it is the same media tack that is now being lodged against the INC, that Manalo and his leaders were skimming off this and that, that the INC leader had a billion-peso house in Forbes Park, that their overseas foundations were raking it all in.

Third, deploy the yellow social media, and ABS-CBN, specially. The former are the same “netizens” and trolls disguised as netizens, who had been busy demonizing Binay, and who now have been ordered to demonize Manalo and the INC “fanatics.” You know them – check their FB accounts, which post practically nothing else but vitriol against their targets. Watch ABS-CBN’s handling of the INC demonstrations, as it echoes Roxas’ line that the INC demonstrations are creating huge traffic jams along EDSA. It isn’t beyond Aquino and Roxas’ camp to even help worsen the traffic to create a backlash against the INC.

An online-only paper – the same outfit that opened the character assassination campaign against Corona in his impeachment trial by alleging, quite falsely, that he manufactured his Ph.D. from the UST – all of a sudden had an in-depth investigative series on the INC’s overseas operations and foundations. That would have needed at least a month or two in research on the secretive church that has very little data posted on the internet.

Aquino and Roxas wrecked the institutions of the Supreme Court and the Congress, and kept in jail a former president on the flimsiest of evidence.
So they thought it would be a walk in the park to wreck a small religious sect, which isn’t even named in the Constitution.

They will instead reap the whirlwind.

Postscript

Just as I was about to finish up this column and email it to my editors, I opened my Facebook account and found a very enlightening post by my old friend, veteran journalist Manny Mogato, who was in the field and interviewed INC demonstrators at EDSA.

Manny is definitely not pro-INC, and his staunchly Catholic mindset even made him point out in his post that the INC “does not believe in the divinity of Jesus Christ,” as if to warn his readers that this people are heretics.

Still, the statements he got from the demonstrators, which he posted on his FB, confirmed the points I presented above, although Manny expresses amazement over them:
“Ibinoto pa naman namin siya nung 2010, ngayon gusto niyang pagwatak-watakin ang INC.” (We voted for him in 2010, but now he wants to tear INC apart as an organization.)
“Hindi kami naniniwalang si de Lima lang yan, mayroon pang mas makapangyarihan na nasa likod ng kaso ni Isaiah Samson sa mga taga-pangasiwa namin. Ginamit lang ang DoJ” (We don’t believe it is just de Lima acting. There is a more powerful figure behind Samson. He’s just using the DOJ.”
“Bakit wala pang nakakasuhan sa Mamasapano, samantalang bago lang itong kaso ni Samson? May short-cut atang nangyayari.” (Why has no one been charged over the Mamasapano massacre, while Samson’s case is just very new, yet De Lima has acted on it. There seems to be a short-cut going on here.)

And as is the main point of this article:
“Gusto nilang masira ang aming pagkakaisa para masabi nilang natalo ang sinuportahan namin sa election, kasi hindi na kami solid. Gusto nilang pilitin kami na suportahan ang manok nila.” (They want to wreck our unity, so they could later claim the candidate we supported lost because we were no longer a solid bloc. They are forcing us to support their candidate [Roxas, in the 2016 presidential elections.)

Contrary to what the Yellow Horde has been claiming, the INC demonstrators certainly know why they are at EDSA, and what they are fighting for. tiglao.manilatimes@gmail.com
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72 Responses to ‘Reap the Whirlwind:’ What’s behind the INC revolt?
jesso says:
August 31, 2015 at 2:19 pm
Lesson to be learned from this rally. Do not meddle in the affairs
of others unless
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asdfj says:
August 31, 2015 at 1:26 pm
“Gusto nilang masira ang aming pagkakaisa para masabi nilang natalo ang sinuportahan namin sa election, kasi hindi na kami solid. Gusto nilang pilitin kami na suportahan ang manok nila.” (They want to wreck our unity, so they could later claim the candidate we supported lost because we were no longer a solid bloc. They are forcing us to support their candidate [Roxas, in the 2016 presidential elections.)
– This statement is contradictory. They want to wreck INC’s unity, but at the same time they want INC’s support for their candidate. How can they expect to win with INC’s support by wrecking INC’s unity?
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Jacqueline* says:
August 31, 2015 at 1:17 pm
Kami pong mga Iglesia ni Cristo ay wala pong ibang hangarin kundi sundin ang nakasulat sa Biblia. Ang pagkakaisa po ay isa pong utos ng Dios na nasa Biblia, kahit ano pang masasakit na mga salita o mga masasamang hakbang ang gagawin ng iba ay hinding-hindi po nila maagaw sa amin ang ang pagkakaisa. Para maintindihan po ninyo kung bakit kami NAGKAKAISA, you are always welcome to listen to our doctrines. Isa lang po ang aming pinaniwalaan-ang MGA UTOS NG DIOS NA NAKASULAT SA BIBLIA. No more, no less.
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ruel v. perez says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:30 pm
So true.. I salute you sir for this fair commentary..
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ruel v. perez says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:29 pm
So true.. I salute you sir for his fair commentary..
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dudz sugano says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:20 pm
Through social media the prejudices and misconceptions of the so called educated and elite majority are made known although they know a little of the church. Most critics of the INC Church based their comments on baseless and malicious hearsay evidences. Few expelled INC ministers through media outfit has maliciously accused the Church for illegal detention, abduction and corruption. May I ask the reader who were detained? Samson? He was given disciplinary action by the Church and he himself knows the rule. Why did the DOJ gave so much special attention to Samson where in fact there is so much more pressing cases the DOJ must resolve. De Lima must be doing her action against the church for her political gain. Who were abducted? Is there really an abduction or self-abduction? Corruption in the church? The accusing fingers points to them? The Church is growing internationally at a very fast phase, with God’s help. Hundreds of church worship buildings, edifices are being constructed, purchase, renovated each year simultaneous with the construction of the Philippine Arena here in the Philippines and abroad. Housing projects, socio-civic activities, religious activities like Evangelical Missions all throughout the world on air, on line and in different venues, social gatherings are held every now and then, these are all finance by the voluntary (not 10% as claimed by the NAGMAMARUNONG) including financial assistance to ministers and evangelical workers. There is no corruption in the Church. All unfounded allegations against the Church are based on personal motive and ambitions of the expelled ministers. So why believe them? You are not aware of who they really are. Is it not meddling to the internal affairs of the church what DE Lima is doing when in the first place the NBI under her care has already pronounce case close on the allegations against the Church? What will De Lima investigate? Hearsay abduction? Hearsay illegal detention? Hearsay corruption? The INC are law abiding citizens, we follow rules. We are God fearing people, we obey and follow what the Bible says. Is it not right for the ever growing Church to stand and fight for its right?
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jobmateo says:
August 31, 2015 at 2:25 pm
Jesus Christ him self is a law abiding citizens,god fearing,and always fallow the rule that’s why he said Well, then,” Jesus said, “give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, and give to God what belongs to God.” His reply completely amazed them.Even we all know by now that he is innocent off all the accusation made to him but still he fallow the rule, So lets make
rule of law takes its course! if God is with us the truth will come out.
JC says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:12 pm
So true
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jobmateo says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:48 am
Out of context po Mr. Tiglao, it’s not about politics, on the first place it’s the INC who is meddling with the government and politicians by there block voting,
am a protestant. Lets put in on a context, 1st, the mother ka Teny and brother ka Angel off ka EVM appeal on the social media that there life is on danger. No government agencies and politicians told them to that. 2nd A certain INC, minister was missing and abducted, it’s the INC ka angel, Ka teny did that appeal no government agencies and politicians told them to that in the media, 3rd hers come the problem with the INC when expelled INC minister when’t to the state authority like DOJ that there Bill of rights was violated as citizens of Philippines the rule of law must takes its course. Whatever is your status in this Country.the most logical answer on this problem is to face the truth, on the first place the problem start’s within INC minister rank and specially on the family of ka Eduardo V. Manalo.
God bless this country!!
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leiron says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:48 am
You reap what you sow…. I saw here statement of opinion rather than hard facts…. the good side in all of these is that we were provided a front view of what we expect from these presidentiables…
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igzzsyzygy says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:46 am
financial operations of the philippine arena….
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Mark Sukgang says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:44 am
Kalokohan tong article na to. Bakit takot na takot ang mga INC? Kasi totoong may kaso at may basihan ang illegal detention na ginawa nila sa mga ministro nila.
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Jason says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:28 am
a point of view not presented in other sources. if you read them all, who will you believe ? an INC will never admit something is wrong, saying yes, we are being persecuted. a politician will paint her/his words to favor the INC or not. look at it rationally. yes, the INC has their fault, and yes, so did the politicians. so why inconvenience the common Filipino ? the whirlwind will both backlash the INC and the people who abused them.
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Andrew Q says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:08 am
Wow, well said sir, that is indeed facts, never stated in all of the other medias out there… In just wondering… Is there any evidence that mr.samson was detained in a way that is against the inc policies?
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Georgina M. Dioses says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:41 am
No sir, there was no evidence of his allegations. He forgot that church members are not stupid to realize what is happening inside the church.
banong says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:34 pm
The NBI which is directly under bruha de lima have already announced there was no case of detention and declared that the case was closed..but here comes bruhilda who under the instructions of ABNOY and boy pick up to continue with the investigation following the same procedures in jailing enrile, jinggoy and bong to pressure INC to vote for boy pick up or suffer the same fate as the three…..
Carlo says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:02 am
INC is not a cult! To really have an understanding about this church you must first hear and examine its doctrines, learn of its rules and regulations and other facts regarding this church, and feel the brotherhood being observe by the members. Ramon’s statement is bias and shows his ignorance about the INC.
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Toto Paulino says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:39 pm
Dear Sir,
1.I’m curious to know your definition of a cult group?
2. How do I know if a group is a cult or not? What are the signs?
3. Is the INC a church of Man or God?
Thank you very much.
Jeri Cabalquinto says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:57 am
Tama ka Mr. Bobi Tiglao, ginagawang lahat ng administrasyon ang paraan (pananakot at pagsampa ng mga kaso sa kalaban) upang ang kanilang manok na si Roxas ay suportahan ng INC sa 2016 Presidential Election at isama pa natin dito ang pagsampa ng kaso kay TESDA Chairman Joel Villanueva (Anak ni Jesus is Lord
founder Eddie Villanueva ) ito’y isang paraan upang gipitin ang JIL Church na suportahan si Mar sa 2016…na nagyayari ngayon sa Iglesia ni Cristo.
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Enjay Cee says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:55 am
A very brilliant analysis, Mr. Tiglao. Please keep exposing the truth. More power to you.
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Rae Chel says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:47 am
http://opinion.inquirer.net/88095/iglesia-nonsense
After reading both articles and the threads related to this issue, if only the right people could take time to read my points:
1.) EDSA rally last week is done.And so are the damages. I think narealize na ng INC na kasama sa organized rallies ang pag-advise sa public para iwas perwisyo sa commuters. So, tama na po sana ung Dinuguan jokes.
2.) If Mr.Tiglao's sources were true (kapag may usok, may apoy), sana ma-realize ng INC na ung reason kung bakit sila nasa daan ay sila din ang may gawa. The country's last 3 presidents were endorsed by INC and won. 2016 Presidentiables are now doing everything in their power (including manipulation) para lang ma-minimize effect ng INC's bloc voting sa 2016 elections.
3.) Realizing the effect and power of INC's bloc voting, i really hope and fervently pray na huwag sana si Binay ang inendorse nila among the presidentiables. Or better yet abolish bloc voting. Let the people support who they think could really help the country, hndi ung Iglesia lng. If trapo na naman na-endorse ng INC at nanalo, kawawa naman ang Pilipinas. Salat na naman sa mas maayos na edukasyon at serbisyong pangkalusugan ang mga Pilipino lalo na ang kabataang siya sanang pag-asa ng bayan.
Sana ibang punto naman ang ipaglaban ng mamayang Pilipino sa threads. Ang epekto ng bloc voting sa pampublikong serbisyo para sa mamamayang Pilipino.
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Jesse Las Marias says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:27 pm
You just cannot tell the INC to abolish bloc voting. In the first place, did you try to understand why we vote as one? If you are ignorant of our basis for doing so, you cannot have a coherent basis for saying that.
So, if you don’t, may I invite you to our worship service or to our doctrinal studies in any locale near your place (kung nasa Manila ka iimbithan kita dito sa amin sa V. Luna). You will hear our solid basis with the Bible as reference. Other religions tried to imitate us but they could not. Why? Because theirs is not based on Biblical precepts but on the mere whim and caprices of their leaders. Leader nga nila na kumandidato hindi pa nila ibinoto.
netizen says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:40 pm
sir, isa po akong INC. ito po ang tunay na dahilan kaya kami nag bloc voting. una hindi ito para sa kapakanan ng kahit sinong politiko na mapag desisyonan ng aming pamunuan na pagkaisahan. para po sa kabatiran ng lahat, bawat miyembro ng inc ang aming isipan pagdating sa mga politiko ay “parepareha lng yan!” mga corrupt. pero bilang mamamayang pilipino bumoboto kami dahil obligasyon po namin iyon sa bansa… subalit sa pag sasagwa po namin niyon ay isinasaalang-ala po namin ang aming paniniwala at pananampalataya sa pag-kakaisa. bagay na mahirap intindihin ng hindi INC dahil hindi po nila nababatid ang aming pinagsasaligang biblikal ukol po dito at maging ang ukol po sa pagpapasakop sa aming namamahala. hindi po ito official statement ng INC pero sa aking pagmamasid at karanasan, ang isa sa ikinokonsidera ng aming pamunuan ay ang usapin sa pag hihiwalay ng church and state. kung paano iginagalang ng mga kumakandidato ang ukol sa importanteng bagay na ito.
sa usapin naman ng katiwalian di umano, ang masasabi ko lang po, ang pamamahala sa iglesia ay di po tulad ng ating gobyerno. wala pong lugar sa INC na kunsintihin ang may kamalian, kaya nga po may pag didisiplina, may pag sususpinde at kung kelangan po itiwalag itinitiwalag.. ang lahat po ng iyan ay panuntunan, doktrina na alam ng bawat kaanib bago palang umanib sa INC. gusto ko pong bigyang diin na ang pag papatupad ng mga disiplina sa INC ay pantay pantay. kung paano sa ordinaryong kaanib, ganun din sa pinaka taas. kaya nga po kung napansin at alam na po ninyo, kahit mga dating may posisyon sa INC at ang iba pa nga ay kadugo ng namamahala sa INC ay ipinatupad ang mga disiplina. sa madaling sabi, pantay pantay sa amin, pag nagkamali may disiplina, at iyan naman ay dumaraan naman sa masusing imbistigasyon. yan po ang proseso.
alam po ng bawat INC ang dahilan kung bakit natiwalag ang mga taong ito na lumalapit ngayon sa gobyerno. malinaw sa amin ang naging malaking kasalanan nila sa INC at sa mga tahasan nilang paglabag sa mga tuntuning pinaiiral po ng INC -kaya nga sila itiniwalag.
Netizen says:
August 31, 2015 at 1:36 pm
If talagang sinasabi mo na biblical ang pagboto niyo sa presidente at di namin maiintindihan kung bakit bloc voting kayo.. ang tanong ko bakit palpak ang last 3 presidents natin? Diba biblical so dapat may sign na matino ang binoboto niyo.
Pres Erap – Palpak,
Pres Arroyo – Palpak
Pres Aquino (though para sakin personally hindi palpak pero cge) – Palpak
John Humarang says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:00 am
Editorial ba to? More like a propaganda exposing some sort of high-level conspiracy.
Granted there’s a conspiracy, it still doesn’t justify the reasoning of our INC brothers and sisters doing what they did. Their logic is beyond comprehension, devoid of any legal understanding, lest common sense
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banong says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:18 pm
It’s your opinion, but these people have their own, and it boils down to a numbers game just like in the impeachment of ABNOY in congress, where the majority just say we have the numbers so shut the f..ck up….
Pedro says:
August 31, 2015 at 2:45 pm
@banong your comment “It’s your opinion, but these people have their own, and it boils down to a numbers game just like in the impeachment of ABNOY in congress, where the majority just say we have the numbers so shut the f..ck up….”
– This reasoning just discredited all the points in your write up. John Humarang raised the issue about proper ways to lobby your fight and you are talking about numbers? Majority becomes right??? Regardless of reason??? Do you want to delete your post and pretend like you did not write anything? Nahiya ka ba sa sarili mo? I guess di mo marealize na nakakahiya comment mo so Im sure di mo naintindihan yung poing na “mahiya ka sa sarili mo”
tagamasid says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:50 am
well, this is what you get when you use your bloc voting power, you reap what you sow. now you know that bloc voting will not always lead to a good result. this is your power and now your weakness, INC.
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revitor says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:43 am
Just as usual, De Lima overly sensationalized the INC internal feud to bolster her planned senatorial ambitions. This publicity hound thirst for public attention but instead reaped this raging firestorm. Like BS Aquino’s mindset, she failed to comprehend the implications of her planned initiatives. We can recall her highly publicized actions against the GMA cases; the PDAF/DAP cases in cooperation of her ward Benhur Luy and many more. Now, this INC case filed by Mr. Samson. The key that will finally blow her death kneel might be her patent inaction in the filing of criminal and civil suits against those responsible(Purisima, et. al.) in the Mamasapano SAF massacre.
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Csy says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:07 am
Then why are they so afraid? Why don’t they just let the Government investigate and not choose Mar Roxas and his Running Mates on 2016 elections?
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Analyn says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:00 am
Yet another excuse to add to the growing excuses from this organization. INC has made itself a force to contend with as they arrogantly boast. So why would they remotely be concerned about Roxas or Aquino’s actions to get majority votes for the upcoming elections? They are untouchable so they say. For the record they have claimed these reason for the nuisance they caused on the common people: fast tracking the illegal detention case, separation of church and state, saf44, and now you say fear of intervention from Roxas. How about INC simply comply to the rule of law that compels everyone else in this (still) democratic country?
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jamesfrieew says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:02 pm
http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/529250/news/nation/nbi-says-iglesia-ni-cristo-abduction-case-closed
The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Monday said it has already “closed” its investigation on the alleged abduction of ministers of Iglesia ni Cristo.
Manuel Eduarte, chief of the NBI Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division, said the bureau decided to end its probe on the abduction claims after coordinating with the religious organization’s central office in Quezon City and after visiting an INC compound in Tandang Sora, where Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo was holed up.
Manalo, an estranged brother of Eduardo – the current executive minister of Iglesia Ni Cristo, and their mother Christina “Tenny” Manalo were earlier expelled from the religious group after exposing alleged threats to their lives and abduction of INC ministers.
“Per report of my men… [they] reported to us that they were not able to prove the allegation of abduction,” said Eduarte, adding that NBI agents were unable to enter the premises of the Manalo compound in Tandang Sora.
“They tried knocking [on] the gate, which was locked. They were not given entry. So no information was gathered and they were told there’s no such thing such as an abduction inside the premises of the INC,” the NBI official said.
Eduarte said his men also coordinated with the legal office of the INC head office along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City. He said the INC central office denied the existence of any abduction.
“Considering that they (NBI agents) felt somewhere, there was a squabble within, they did not bother to look into allegations regarding anomalies at said religious group. So for us, it is considered closed already,” said Eduarte.
He, however, clarified that he was still “in the process of awaiting further information from the grounds.”
The blog site “Iglesia Ni Cristo – Silent No More,” run by a certain Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista, earlier claimed that nine of the organization’s ministers in different provinces were abducted and expelled from the group.
Three of them were identified as Boyet Menorca of Sorsogon, Joven Sepillo of Tacloban, and Nolan Olarte of Cebu.
Menorca, who turned out to be arrested and detained at the the Dasmariñas City Police Station, has been released from jail.
Police said the criminal complaint against him has been dropped.
On Thursday, people inside the Manalo house in Tandang Sora in Quezon City flashed messages that read: “Where are the missing ministers?”
INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago had said in a press briefing earlier Thursday that the accusations against them were not true.
Quezon City policemen on Thursday night trooped to an Iglesia ni Cristo compound in Tandang Sora to check reports of abduction or illegal detention. They were, however, barred from entering the house, although they later on declared that there was no abduction in the compound. —ALG, GMA News
– See more at: http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/529250/news/nation/nbi-says-iglesia-ni-cristo-abduction-case-closed#sthash.EQmfPBIf.dpuf
justin says:
August 31, 2015 at 8:47 am
Roxas will win. He has A BAD accomplice, a genius in fund manipulation.He who has more money gets more votes. The gun loving society of Mindanao was bestowed with lots of money. He who gave more money, received more votes. Good luck.
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Ms. Bel says:
August 31, 2015 at 8:15 am
The government is very corrupt end of story, the politicians are playing games with people to fool them. And the innocent people are very easy to manipulate especially most Filipinos are not educated about scams. Look the streets the garbage we don’t even have proper recycling and no medication free especially if you are poor no money to pay your operation they don’t even help you. And especially the family birth control problem and not even free education. All of the government are very corrupt and the bias media ABS CBN and so on they don’t even focus on their accurate news. Cause they are very bias and scared to talk about INC issue. I don’t trust any politicians all are corrupt! More fun in the Philippines
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Cezannie Melchor says:
August 31, 2015 at 8:11 am
I have always suspected that the government led by the present president of the Philippines disliked the INC because of its BLOC voting, and for its beliefs that’s contrary to their Catholic faith. I am not surprise that they have tried to plan an evil scheme against the INC Sanggunian, and not a bit surprised that God is revealing their evil secret to try and control the INC. What they don’t understand is the Iglesia Ni Cristo belongs to Christ and God and when some one tries to sowe something evil against God’s Administration they are in fact fighting against Christ and God Himself. That’s why the INC will never be destroyed, toppled down, or manipulated by anyone especially by the most corrupt government in the whole world. Those who are outside of the church don’t know what I’m writing about, however, members know exactly what I mean, because we belong to that one body, one church, one faith, and worship one Lord Jesus Christ and one God the Father.
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Mr. Suave says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:39 am
Tungkol lang ba talaga sa pag boto? Kahit ano pang sabihin niyo, they clearly violated the basic human rights. Is this guilt? Kaya ba kayo umaalma dahil totoo ang corruption na nangyayari sa INC?
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LordChimera says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:22 am
Still doesn’t change the fact that the INC overreacted. Most people already have a dim of view of the INC for whatever reasons, but raising a mob just to block an investigation regardless of the DoJ’s intent just showed that they think above themselves.
Need I remind that EVERYONE that Jesus himself submitted to authorities in spite of the fact that the defendant was completely innocent and the court judging was not one would call morally qualified.
Humility that’s the keyword here folks and the INC’s actions shows a lack of it…..
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MeL says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:17 am
First i want to thank this article for a very careful and unbiased analysis.
Second, for the people who doesnt get the learning why inc vote as bloc because its in the bible as part of our doctrines (if you want to know why, feel free to attend our service or ask a church minister instead of babbling why why why and chanting us harsh words)
Now if they make issues on the traffic jam while its friday and payday – we apologize but since its our 1st time to do such, kindly understand us and respect us since its also our right kahit sa EDSA shrine pa yan (which by the way symbolizes poeple power unity not because of being catholic symbol alone).
Now you all know we have necessary permits and continue to rally on edsa, pls instead of harassing more netizens of your unkind words, pls find an alternate route or use mrt. Like what we said, our rally will not last forever. (1st in 101 years)
Thank you sir Tiglao and this article explains it all especially for the people who single mindedly comment on things they dont understand (what if this happens to them, will they get the same feelings why Us INCs are demonstrating)
Again.. thank you for sir Tiglao
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armando flores says:
August 31, 2015 at 6:35 am
Nasaan ang CBCP ng mga romano catolico? bakit di sila nag proprotesta vs. aquino’s abuses? Sagot: “Bayad na sila ng malacanang”.
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ticong says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:30 am
Hindi po. May protesta ang CBCP. Di po bayarin ang CBCP.
illiong says:
August 31, 2015 at 6:13 am
don’t endorse candidates…don’t lobby for gov’t. position…don’t ask money from politicians…don’t block legal proceedings…pay proper taxes like everyone else…respect the law, you are not exempt. “you have the right to believe and practice your religion as you wish (gov’t can’t get in the way with this) ….but your practice of religion cannot: violate criminal laws, offend public morals, and threaten people’s safety.” GANITO ANG “SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE.”
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Teresita Mangrobang says:
August 31, 2015 at 8:21 am
Illiong, tell to the government officials what you have said, they have to stop first the corruption for they are the leader of the country of different denomination, CORRUPTION IS THE SICKNESS OF THE PHILIPPINE GOVERNMENT, do you have medicine for this sickness of the government officials Mr. Illiong? none at all for we are in the 21st century, still the same is it not Mr. Illiong, never educate INC members about the LAW OF THE LAND or THE LAW OF GOD, for they are SMARTER THAN YOU ARE MR. ILLIONG…….
Praha says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:28 pm
Wow. I am baffled. Are you saying that being an INC makes you more intelligent than anyone else? I wonder then, how come when people ask what you really are fighting for then no one could properly answer. If you really are intelligent as you say, how come you people won’t use your mind and do things for yourself not because you’re being told to by your ever so righteous ministers? This article is so biased, nonfactual and full of hearsay stories. INC definitely don’t understand “the separation of church and state”, I doubt they even know what they are rallying for and I definitely know THEY DON’T CARE FOR THE OTHERS WHO THEY ARE HASSLING WITH THEIR INEPT RALLYING”
Dan says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:50 pm
You are a religious sect, not an interest/lobby group, for crying out loud. CORRUPTION IS AN EPIDEMIC IN YOUR CHURCH. And please do not hide behind your oh-so-terrifying rhetoric on how you are God’s chosen and we are all inferiors to your heavenly knowledge. INC members must be good thesis defenders, for you can nullify logic by mentioning a related passage in your references, therefore validating your own.
i will gladly wait for that day that I am not part of your 144,000. And yes, I have read your publications and your bible. Not impressed.
Oh, what happened to your sect’s South Dakota property? Any news on your new home? Hope you move there soon. You just help in patronage politics in this country.
Rose says:
August 31, 2015 at 6:11 am
Enough Tinio! Walang detention na nangyari just a disciplinary action na alam naman ni Samson na ganun tlga at hindi sya nagrereklamo at tinatawag na detention ngayong sya ang may paglabag sinisigaw nya na kinulong sya.wow! Malaya nga silang nakakasamba. tumakas sya kahit di pa tapos imbestigasyon sa kanya kasi guilty sya. Yellow tactics at nagpagamit naman sya.
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Mar Kurakot says:
August 31, 2015 at 5:58 am
The demonstrators have been invoking the separation of church and state, yet they involve themselves in so-called “bloc voting” every elections.
They themselves created this mess, end of story.
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dadalita says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:16 am
Sumunod sa batas ng pamahalaan
1 Pedro 2:13-14 “”KAYO’Y PASAKOP SA BAWAT PALATUNTUNAN NG TAO ALANG ALANG SA PANGINOON: maging sa hari, na kataastaasan; o sa mga gobernador, na sinugo niya sa paghihiganti sa nagsisigawa ng masama at sa kapurihan ng nagsisigawa ng mabuti.””
Ayon sa ating Panginoong Jesucristo
Mateo 22:21 “”Sinabi nila sa kaniya, kay Cesar. Nang magkagayo’y sinabi niya sa kanila, kaya’t IBIGAY NINYO KAY CESAR ANG SA KAY CESAR; at SA DIOS ANG SA DIOS.””
Bakit ba nagkakaisa ang Iglesia maging hanggang sa pagboto?
Filipos 2:2-3 “”Ay lubusin ninyo ang aking katuwaan, upang kayo’y MANGAGKAISA NG PAG-IISIP, mangagtaglay ng isa ring pag-ibig, na mangagkaisa ng akala, at isa lamang pag-iisip; Na HUWAG NINYONG GAWIN ANG ANOMAN SA PAMAMAGITAN NG PAGKAKAMPI-KAMPI o sa pamamagitan ng pagpapalo, kundi sa kababaan ng pag-iisip, na ipalagay ng bawat isa ang iba na lalong mabuti kay sa kaniyang sarili.””
Nagkakaisa ang Iglesia maging sa pagboto dahil ayon sa talata huwag dapat GAWIN ANG ANOMAN sa pamamagitan ng pagkakampi-kampi.
Ang pagboto
Vote- “”…..expression of Judgement…””
(Pagboto- “”…..isang pagpapahayag ng paghatol…””)
(Webster’s New International Dictionary)
Ayon sa mga apostol kung ginagawa natin ang paghatol ay dapat mangagkaisa ng lubos.
1 Corinto 1:10 “” Subalit ipinamamanhik ko sa inyong lahat, mga kapatid, na alang-alang sa ating Panginoong JesuCristo ay mangagkaisa kayong lahat sa inyong sinasalita, at huwag ninyong itulot na magkaroon ng pagkakabahabahagi sa gitna ninyo, kundi MAGKAISA KAYONG LUBOS SA PAG-IISIP AT PAGHATOL.””
RC says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:21 am
Webster’s Third New International Dictionary Pg 2295 states voting is “an experssion of judgement.” The bible says to be one in judgement (I Cor 1:10), therefore one the INC does bloc voting they are performing the doctrine of the Bible. Philippians 2:2-3 also states do not do anything in factions, therefore nothing should be done in division. Next time you should study the INC’s doctrine, you might get closer to God ;)
Carlo says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:09 pm
We are not violating the law of separation of the church and state when we practice unity in voting. Try to learn and examine first our biblical basis on this matter before giving any comment. In fact, this doctrine is one of the 25 doctrinal lessons that must be taught to and understood by everyone who joins this church.
Carlo says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:19 pm
Your understanding ( Mar Kurakot) regarding our unity in voting is a manifestation of your ignorance when it comes to biblical truth.
Emil Ynchausti says:
August 31, 2015 at 5:34 am
I support INC..
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lei says:
August 31, 2015 at 4:19 am
Thank you for taking the courage to write this…May you also share this to other media outlets.
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T.Tinio says:
August 31, 2015 at 4:02 am
Back off Mr. Tiglao ! A law applies to all or no law at all, as what former Manila mayor, Fred “Dirty Harry” Lim use to say. It’ s the right of the state to apply the law and protect its citizens. INC’s former editor, Mr. Samson filed a very serious complaint against INC sanggunian, and naturally de Lima will do her job. Enough said, intiende Mr. Tiglao??
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RC says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:33 am
So I guess you would also agree with the INC that De Lima has not done “her job” with the SAF 44 then?
Paul says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:46 am
this article does not discredit the allegations against INC. It only exposes how politics is involved in case filed. Mr. Samson’s intent may be noble, but the administration’s surely is not.
Dan Sy says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:31 am
doing her job??? Serious complaint???
Isaias Samson,
Claimed there are around 10 other ministers who were abducted.
“Kung sa akin, nagawa nila iyon, bakit hindi nila magagawa doon sa kasama kong ministro at tsaka mga manggagawa. Ang alam ko na ang kanilang ginawa ay illegal detention. At ganoon din ang ginawa nila sa iba. Meron pang kidnapping iyan. Merong grave threat diyan at kung anu-ano pa,”
ITO ANG SABI NG SINUNGALING NA SI ISAIAS SAMSON JR.. PERO LUMABAS SA MEDIA ANG MGA DI UMANOY DINUKOT AT PINABULAAN ANG KASINUNGALINGAN NI SAMSON..
Ung isa sa sinasabi nyang nadukot na ministro kasama namin sa EDSA si KA ARNEL.. DAPAT BANG PANIWALAAN ANG SINUNGALING NA YAN…
BAKIT NYA GINAGAWA YAN? KASI NAPATUNAYN NA SI SAMSON ANG GUMAWA NG BLOG AT NAGTATAGO SA PANGALANG AE PARA SIRAAN ANG INC.. KAYA SYA ITINIWALAG…
DOING HER JOB?? 44 SAF ANG NAMATAY SA MINDANAO 2 DON AY KAPATID NAMIN SA PANANAMPALATAYA.. MAY NAKASUHAN BA??? ANONG NGYARI SA IMBESTIGASYON NYA??? NAKULONGA BA ANG MY KASALANAN??? NI WALA NGANG NAKASUHAN KAHIT ISA…
SAMANTALANG ITONG SINUNGALING NA SI SAMSON.. NAGSAMAPA NG KASO.. NG WALANG IBIDENSYA.. PINAPRIORITY NYA… MAG ISIP KA DIN.. WAG KANG NAGPAPANIWALA SA CHISMIS…
juan makulit says:
August 31, 2015 at 10:54 am
Alam mo Mr. Tinio, kung yang si Samson ay ika nga ay “held against his will” by the INC, at sa Central compund pa, papaano naman siya makakaalis doon ng ganun ganon na lang? Sabi niya ay may sumusubaybay pa sa kaniya?!! Mag-isip ka nga!!! Compund ng INC yun! Kung talagang dini detain yan paano makalalabas yan?!! Nakuha mo? Binilanggo mo na nga tapos hahayaan mo na lang silang magpunta sa kapilya para sumamba ng buong pamilya?!! Naman TINIO!!! Pwede namang pasambahing isa-isa sa magkakahiwalay na oras, di ba?
erdz says:
August 31, 2015 at 2:41 am
Well said and superb analysis
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Berdette says:
August 31, 2015 at 2:13 am
Finally, someone posted an article that didn’t focus on the trash people left behind, the heavy traffic, and the inconvenience it is causing the people. The best article I’ve read so far that explains it well. The writer saw what is really going on that other media companies are not seeing, purposely ignoring, or just afraid of reporting.
Thank you, sir.
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Alfred says:
August 31, 2015 at 1:44 pm
Well you can’t argue to the fact that it DID left a lot of trash lying around. That it DID cause heavy traffic and a LOT of inconvenience to other people. What the INC members fail to understand is that people are angry because they were caught off-guard. They fail to see that non-INC members will actually let them be – even support their cause – if only they were given prior notice.
Peter says:
August 31, 2015 at 1:53 am
It’s not what’s behind but who’s behind all these. Who else if not the corrupt INC ministers who want to escape prosecution.
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ramon says:
August 31, 2015 at 6:32 am
The accused leaders must have staged this rally to pressure De Lima from crimes they commited to not imverstigate it….the damb followers which can’t understand basic analysis follows them…….dismantle this cult.
Sophie says:
August 31, 2015 at 8:40 am
The accusation that some of our ministers are corrupt will remain an accusation until there’s concrete evidence :) The next time you say it, in posts, comments, or messages, please attach links of credible sources containing concrete evidence. Yung may katotohanang ebidensiya ha, hindi yung walang sense :)
Teresita Mangrobang says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:19 am
INC still stands until now for 101 years, from humble beginning, poor members who sacrifice so much, that gives their very best to live in a righteous way & believed what is TRUE based in the BIBLE, is this the meaning of cult? whoever believed that this is cult is the dumbest person ever existed on this earth.
Blasco says:
August 31, 2015 at 9:58 am
Tumpak! Kinalabutan ang mga mastermind ng Samson illegbal detention na baka sila ma-Janet kalaboso.
Johnny Ramos says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:48 am
I strongly believe now that Leila De Lima is taking too much heat on INC, Pnoy and Mar Roxas is not lifting any finger to defuse it is short of saying they want a bloody confrontation to escalate so they can justify declaration of martial law and could lead to postpone the election next year until the people to obey that only Mar Roxas should be voted. It was a calculated risk at first when Pnoy ordered De Lima to attacked the INC so they will agree to terms to be dictated by Pnoy in the election next year. But the De Lima forgot that there several state prosecutors and NBI who are members of INC. Her move was telegraph to the letter to INC and led to massive protest. But knowing the spoiled brat character of Pnoy and Mar the due decided to continue to attacked on the INC instead of defusing because they know they will take big time hit including the Liberal Party. Now their move is to escalate the attacked this coming week and probably they can impose martial law. But there could be a backlash here because there are members of INC in military and police who may defy orders to a violent confrontation. Even the CBCP will not allow it to happen and it could turn the tables on Mar and Pnoy which could lead to their early exit before the election.
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TITO says:
August 31, 2015 at 12:35 am
It is about time they break up the political clout of the INC. Our politicians have been beholden too long to a religious sect that is political in the extreme and would eventually if not already have the final say on who wins elections in this poor nation. And they talk of separation of church and state? For your information I am not affiliated with any political party and as a Taclobanon would never dream of voting for Roxas.
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NENENG says:
August 31, 2015 at 11:31 am
correct ka dyan!! Also , separation of the state and church do not mean that the government cannot investigate offenses committed internally by members of the church. ANO ANG DAPAT IKATAKOT, KUNG WALANG DAPAT NAKATAGONG NAKAKATAKOT?
Robert Felix says:
August 30, 2015 at 11:59 pm
Great, extremely enlightening and truthful exposition .
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mikhail hieronymus says:
August 30, 2015 at 11:14 pm
I can not comprehend what the hell is going on or what is behind to all these EDSA demonstration or rally as people call it. All I know and I could see is the hardship of the population who are honestly trying to make a living as a result of this rally.
These rallies or demonstration at EDSA and elsewhere makes the living of ordinary people a living Hell. Have we not suffered enough from this administration for so long. Please settle your differences, but do not involve the ordinary Juan dela Cruz. We want to live in peace.
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Mely baja says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:35 am
Sorry for the inconvenience.Kindly understand our position.We just like to voice out our
religious rights.Whatever is the intention of De Lima ( and the people behind her if there is any )our is plea is respect us.Problems in other religions have arisen in the past but I have never seen nor heard that the government made any move to mingle or get involved.Why… in IGLESIA NI CRISTO. ?IF I am not mistaken, I can sense a blackmail.Whatever happened , this is the stand of the IGLESIA ni CRISTO. .IGLESIA NI CRISTO is owned by GOD.This is the only Church founded by God. We are serving God not man.God has reason for everything Remember – ang lihim ay sa DIOS-We place everything in the hands of GOD. Our faith is-GOD is with us.We
are IGLESIA NI CRISTO till the end. We will always be united. We will always support
Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.
nikki says:
August 31, 2015 at 7:53 am
i just hope that the incident happened to their kapatid will not happen to them or to any member/s of their family/ies. and if in any case, would’nt they file a case against the perpetrator against their person/s? will they just let the perpetrator be on the loose because they belong to one religious group and apply the separation of the church and state policy? if this is the case, let’s abolish the department of justice and the prosecution offices or shall i say, we do not need lawyers, lawmakers, etc. patawaran na lang kasi parehas lang naman tayo ng relihiyon? just asking….


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