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Angel told reporters past midnight Friday, July 24: "Nasira na ang doktrina ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Kung papaano ninyo hinangaan noon, nakita ninyo, napakarami nang anomalya. Napakarami nang tiwali na ginagawa sa Iglesia. Iyon po ang ayaw namin."
(The doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo is now damaged. In the same way that you looked up to us before, now you can see there are many anomalies. There are many acts of corruption in the Church. That's what we want to avoid.)
Incidentally, the INC also marks its 101st anniversary on Monday.
The INC, whose name in English is "Church of Christ," is a century-old church registered in the Philippines by Felix Manalo on July 27, 1914.
From a dozen members, the INC's membership has now grown to around 2.25 million. This is, as of 2010, almost near the 2.7-million strong population of Quezon City, the Philippines' former capital that is now the country's most populated city.
While 8 out of 10 Filipinos belong to the Catholic Church, the INC remains a politically influential group. (READ: INC: From rag-rag sect to influential wheeler-dealer) Politicians court the INC because it practices bloc voting, or electing only the set of leaders prescribed by church leaders. The church, as of 2013, has around 1.37 million voters.
The INC endorsed President Benigno Aquino III in the 2010 elections. – Rappler.com
Paterno R. Esmaquel II is a senior reporter leading Rappler’s coverage of religion and foreign affairs. He finished MA Journalism in Ateneo and MSc Asian Studies (Religions in Plural Societies) at RSIS, Singapore. For story ideas or feedback, email him at email@example.com.