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On INC leader's birthday, faithful vow support for embattled church

Oct 31, 2015 - 9:55 PM

Amid the flashing lights and festive mood of the night is an attempt to galvanize the support of the crowd with ministers and awardees themselves leading the faithful in a chant: We are one with EVM

EVM AWARDS. The Iglesia ni Cristo holds its Excellence in Visual Media (EVM) awards on October 31, 2015, coinciding with the 59th birthday of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, who was not at the event. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Why De Lima is target of Iglesia ni Cristo's anger

Aug 29, 2015 - 3:12 PM

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

DE LIMA EFFIGY. Protestors shout 'De Lima, sasayaw na!' during a protest vigil along EDSA in the evening of August 28, 2015. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo rallies flock: ‘Inaapi tayo!’

Aug 28, 2015 - 11:32 AM

The politically influential Iglesia ni Cristo cries religious persecution and calls for ‘separation of church and state’

'DON'T MEDDLE.' Iglesia ni Cristo members protest the government's supposed meddling in church affairs, and stress the 'separation of church and state.' Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Palace backs DOJ probe on alleged INC abduction

Aug 16, 2015 - 1:35 PM

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

Q and A: ‘Magtatagumpay ang Iglesia ni Cristo’ nguni't...

Aug 15, 2015 - 6:45 PM

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

'THEY'VE ARRIVED.' The Iglesia ni Cristo will grow 'much stronger' in the next 100 years, sociologist Jayeel Cornelio says in an interview with Rappler 2014. Photo by Rico Cruz/Rappler

Q and A: We're not divided, INC spokesman says

Aug 11, 2015 - 1:01 PM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala seeks to reassure INC members who have begun to doubt their church

'NOT DIVIDED.' Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala says the century-old church remains united as it faces its worst crisis. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

PODCAST: Saan patungo ang Iglesia ni Cristo?

Aug 08, 2015 - 5:00 PM

Para maintindihan natin ang krisis sa Iglesia ni Cristo makakasama natin ang isang sociologist of religion si Jayeel Cornelio

INC minister’s brother under witness protection program

Aug 01, 2015 - 7:44 PM

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima confirms that Anthony Menorca the brother of Lowell Boyet Menorca II requested that he be placed under the WPP

UNDER PROTECTION. Anthony Menorca (left), younger brother of Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II (right) was hiding in an undisclosed location when he granted an interview with Rappler on July 29. Photo sourced by Rappler

Sibling of ‘abducted’ minister to INC Council: Free my brother

Jul 30, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Anthony brother of Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca says his older sibling was forced to deny his abduction

BROTHERS. Anthony Menorca surfaces to say his elder brother Lowell said things in an Iglesia interview while under duress. Photo sourced by Rappler

DOJ denies INC 'abduction' is 'case closed'

Jul 29, 2015 - 8:15 PM

Three ministers allegedly abducted by the Iglesia ni Cristo however surface to deny their alleged abduction

'MISSING MINISTERS.' Unidentified men post this message on July 23, 2015, on the window of the Iglesia ni Cristo building at 36 Tandang Sora St, Quezon City. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler   Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Minister denies abduction, torture charges in INC-run TV show

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:20 PM

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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Jul 29, 2015 - 6:34 PM

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Angel Manalo: 'Kuya, sana magkausap na tayo'

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:57 PM

Angel Manalo also tells his brother Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo: Ang mommy sana makausap mo na Sabik na sabik siya

LEADER'S BROTHER. Angel Manalo hits 'corruption' within the Iglesia ni Cristo as he addresses reporters on July 24, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

NBI on Iglesia ni Cristo 'abduction': Case closed

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:34 PM

The National Bureau of Investigation rules out the alleged abduction of Iglesia ni Cristo ministers after investigators fail to find enough evidence

'MISSING MINISTERS.' Another message was posted by unidentified men on the window of the INC building at 36 Tandang Sora St. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo sues expelled minister for libel

Jul 27, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr former editor in chief of the INC publication Pasugo earlier accused INC general auditor Glicerio Santos Jr of corruption

EXPELLED MINISTER. Isaias Samson Jr, former editor in chief of the Iglesia ni Cristo publication 'Pasugo,' faces a libel complaint. File photo by Rappler

US-based INC minister: 'Never my intention to quit'

Jul 27, 2015 - 10:30 AM

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

US-BASED MINISTER. Iglesia ni Cristo minister Louie Cayabyab says he wants to stay in the century-old church. Screen grab from Youtube

WATCH: Supporters of Manalo kin enter INC compound

Jul 26, 2015 - 8:40 PM

The group of Iglesia ni Cristo members also argues with the police who asked them to clear the area following complaints from concerned citizens

SUPPORTING MANALOS. Supporters of Angel and Tenny Manalo troop to 36 Tandang Sora in Quezon City on July 26, 2015, to support the mother and brother of Iglesia ni Cristo's leader. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler  Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler.com

INC minister defies orders, quits during service

Jul 26, 2015 - 1:34 PM

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

DEFYING ORDERS. An Iglesia ni Cristo minister is shown in a Youtube video defying orders of the church's central office, and quitting in the middle of a worship service. Screen grab from Youtube

Iglesia ni Cristo head gathers flock amid crisis

Jul 26, 2015 - 10:23 AM

UPDATED Iglesia executive minister Eduardo Manalo does not directly address issues involving the INC such as alleged corruption and the supposed abduction of ministers

REVERED LEADER. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, the church's third leader, follows in the footsteps of Iglesia founder Felix Manalo. File photo by Mark Cristino/Rappler

Expelled INC minister: Don't cover up wrongdoing

Jul 25, 2015 - 10:05 PM

Be spokespersons of God expelled Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr tells church spokesmen Bienvenido Santiago and Edwil Zabala

IGLESIA SPOKESMEN. Brother Edwil Zabala (L) and Brother Bienvenido Santiago (R), both spokesmen of the Iglesia ni Cristo, address issues concerning the century-old church. File photos by Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo eyes case against critics

Jul 25, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Bro Edwil Zabala dares critics to present their evidence against the century old church

MULLING CASE. Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala says the 100-year-old church is considering to sue its critics. File photo by Noel Celis/AFP

For Manalo kin, help comes in food deliveries

Jul 24, 2015 - 10:40 PM

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

Members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) inspect foods to be delivered at the Manalo's residence at 36 Tandang Sora in day 2 of INC crisis. Photo by Mark Saludes / Rappler (c) Mark Z.Saludes

DOJ orders probe into Iglesia ni Cristo 'abduction'

Jul 24, 2015 - 2:10 PM

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

 SECURED BY POLICE. Quezon City police secure the gate of the Iglesia ni Cristo compound in Tandang Sora, Quezon City, around midnight on July 24, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Philippine Arena shows INC's 'global' stature

Jul 26, 2014 - 11:22 PM

They re not a religion in the Philippines They re a religion in the world

The rise of INC: 'Stricter religions grow stronger'

Jul 26, 2014 - 10:25 PM

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