(3rd UPDATE) INC members say Justice Secretary De Lima is about to issue a warrant of arrest against church leaders. But lawyer Trixie Cruz Angeles says the DOJ has not even assigned a prosecutor to the case.
The politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo cries religious persecution, and calls for ‘separation of church and state’
This comes after lawyer Harry Roque, a presumed senatorial candidate under the opposition United Nationalist Alliance, called on DOJ to stop its 'witch hunt' of the INC.
Pero meron pa ring hamon, sabi ng sociologist na si Jayeel Cornelio. Dagdag niya, 'The social media element is a game-changer for the Iglesia ni Cristo.'
Speaking to Rappler, Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala seeks to reassure INC members who have begun to doubt their church
Para maintindihan natin ang krisis sa Iglesia ni Cristo, makakasama natin ang isang sociologist of religion, si Jayeel Cornelio
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirms that Anthony Menorca, the brother of Lowell 'Boyet' Menorca II, requested that he be placed under the WPP
Anthony, brother of Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca, says his older sibling was forced to deny his abduction
Three ministers allegedly abducted by the Iglesia ni Cristo, however, surface to deny their alleged abduction
Previously reported to be ready to tell all, Menorca surfaces to say he is safe and thanks the INC executive minister for the care extended to him. A 'close friend' of his, however, says the statements are made 'under duress'.
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Angel Manalo also tells his brother, Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo: 'Ang mommy, sana, makausap mo na. Sabik na sabik siya.'
The National Bureau of Investigation rules out the alleged abduction of Iglesia ni Cristo ministers after investigators fail to find enough evidence
Expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr, former editor in chief of the INC publication Pasugo, earlier accused INC general auditor Glicerio Santos Jr of corruption
But Iglesia ni Cristo's Louie Cayabyab asks his flock to support the vigils in their districts, citing INC members who are 'risking their lives'
The group of Iglesia ni Cristo members also argues with the police, who asked them to clear the area following complaints from 'concerned citizens'
In a YouTube video, people weep as a minister refuses to read a circular expelling the mother and brother of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo
(UPDATED) Iglesia executive minister Eduardo Manalo does not directly address issues involving the INC such as alleged corruption and the supposed abduction of ministers
'Be spokespersons of God,' expelled Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr tells church spokesmen Bienvenido Santiago and Edwil Zabala
Speaking to Rappler, Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Bro Edwil Zabala dares critics to present their evidence against the century-old church
One delivery amounts to P3,000; another comes from a Singapore-based supporter of Angel and Tenny Manalo, kin of the head of Iglesia ni Cristo
(UPDATED) The Department of Justice, however, says it will avoid issues internal to the Iglesia ni Cristo, a group known for its influence in government
'They're not a religion in the Philippines. They're a religion in the world.'
The Iglesia ni Cristo stresses obedience 'even if it goes against your personal wishes' – a 'strictness' that a sociologist sees as part of the reason for its success