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Looking back: One year after the INC protests

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A year ago members of the Iglesia took to the streets in a show of force after controversies and internal conflict rocked the influential church

SHOW OF FORCE. INC members gather at the intersection of Edsa and Shaw Blvd in August 2015. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Menorca arrested on the way to court

Jan 20, 2016 - 12:09 PM

The arrest warrant stems from a libel case filed against Lowell Menorca in Kapatagan Lanao del Norte

UNDER ARREST. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca remains in his vehicle as he awaits Manila Police District chief Rolando Nana following an arrest warrant served by two plainclothes policemen on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras / Rappler

Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Over 100 years old no one ever imagined the INC was in the throes of dissension in 2015 with no less than members of the family entangled in a bitter quarrel

INC: Prove we’re hiding cash, you can have it

Dec 06, 2015 - 10:45 AM

The Iglesia ni Cristo is willing to sign a waiver to challenge accusations of money laundering its spokesman says

'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

US ex-minister to Iglesia: Stop tax fraud

Dec 06, 2015 - 10:30 AM

The Iglesia ni Cristo for its part vows to cooperate with the proper authorities as it faces an accusation of tax fraud

TAX FRAUD? In the US, an ex-minister reports the Iglesia ni Cristo for alleged tax fraud. The INC denies this claim. File photo by Rappler

Who owns 36 Tandang Sora? Manalo sister questions INC claims

Dec 03, 2015 - 6:49 PM

The estranged sister of INC leader Eduardo Manalo is questioning the church s ownership claims over 36 Tandang Sora based on a supposed deed of sale

OWNERSHIP CLAIMS. Lottie Manalo-Hernadez appears before a Quezon City court hearing a petition for injunction filed by the INC last November, but her testimony was rescheduled. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ dismisses criminal complaints vs Iglesia heads

Nov 17, 2015 - 10:51 PM

Two resolutions are signed by the Prosecutor General after state prosecutors recommend that Iglesia respondents be absolved

Top INC leaders no-shows at DOJ hearing on ex-minister's case

Nov 06, 2015 - 5:23 PM

They INC officials are waiting for the right time and the right forum venue to answer all the legal questions I think the time has come says expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr

HEARING BEGINS. Expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr and his family arrive at the DOJ for the preliminary hearing on his illegal detention case against top church officials. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

DOJ sets hearing on ex-Iglesia minister's case vs church leaders

Nov 05, 2015 - 5:59 PM

The preliminary hearing for the serious illegal detention case filed by ex Iglesia minister Isaias Samson Jr against top church officials has been set on November 6

INC PROTEST. Iglesia ni Cristo members mass in front of the Department of Justice in Manila in August 2015, to protest the investigation of an illegal detention complaint against its leaders. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

INC rally sa DOJ at EDSA: Ito ba ang kaisahang itinuturo ng Bibliya?

Sep 26, 2015 - 8:00 AM

May pinagdaanan ding mga pagsubok ang kaisahan ng Iglesia noon subali t napanatili itong matatag

UNITY. INC members continue to occupy EDSA-Megamall on National Heroes Day, in the morning of their 5th day of protest.  File photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Former Iglesia minister: No libelous statements vs INC

Sep 23, 2015 - 6:12 PM

I never said it was the church that committed the illegal detention I never imputed the acts on the church Isaias Samson says in his response to the libel complaint against him

NOT AGAINST THE CHURCH. Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr says his statements on his alleged detention were not libelous, and were not directed towards the INC. Rappler photo

PODCAST: INC’s Samson: We seek reformation, not revolution

Sep 17, 2015 - 9:00 AM

Samson says I believe that after this huge challenge once the Iglesia is cleansed it will become stronger

Poe for president, China’s reclamation, Mecca accident | 6PM wRap

Sep 16, 2015 - 8:23 PM

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Former Iglesia minister appears in court over libel complaint

Sep 16, 2015 - 7:11 PM

Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr is accused of making malicious statements against the powerful church after he claimed he was placed under house arrest

LIBEL COMPLAINT. Expelled Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr appears before a Quezon City court for the preliminary investigation on the libel complaint against him. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson: Life in danger

Sep 16, 2015 - 1:05 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] After being expelled Samson says he still hopes the Iglesia will emerge a reformed church

REFORMIST. Expelled Iglesia ni Cristo Minister Isaias Samson speaks the salvation and future of the Iglesia. Photo by Rey Santos Jr/Rappler

#AnimatED: Iglesia ni Cristo’s diminished clout in 2016

Sep 07, 2015 - 9:00 AM

An INC bloc vote will be more so a myth in the 2016 elections

De Lima on INC, Customs rules, police on migrants | 12PM wRap

Sep 03, 2015 - 12:35 PM

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De Lima: Complaint vs INC leaders to go through regular process

Sep 02, 2015 - 4:48 PM

It will be assigned to a prosecutor or a panel of prosecutors says Justice Secretary Leila de Lima

'REGULAR PROCESS.' Justice Secretary Leila de Lima further debunks speculation that the Iglesia ni Cristo got something from the government in exchange for ending its EDSA rally over the weekend.

Show of force? INC drew bigger crowds before

Sep 01, 2015 - 1:50 PM

UPDATED Police say the Iglesia ni Cristo’s rally drew up to 20 000 protestors but earlier events attracted as many as 700 000 people

RALLY OVER. The Iglesia ni Cristo on August 31, 2015, ends its 5-day anti-government protest in Metro Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

De Lima denies INC deal: 'I'm back at work'

Sep 01, 2015 - 11:13 AM

UPDATED Justice Secretary Leila de Lima issues the statement a day after the powerful Iglesia ni Cristo agreed to end its days long mass protest calling for her resignation

WHAT RESIGNATION? Justice Secretary Leila de Lima denies speculation that the Iglesia ni Cristo ended its EDSA rally in exchange for her early resignation. File photo by Rappler

Bello on Malacañang, INC protest, 2015 Jones Cup | 6PM wRap

Aug 31, 2015 - 6:35 PM

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INC claims ‘victory’ on ex-leader’s death anniversary

Aug 31, 2015 - 5:06 PM

Six years after Eraño Manalo’s death the Iglesia ni Cristo ends its biggest anti government rally as it grapples with its worst crisis

MUCH HAS CHANGED. A picture of the late Eraño Manalo (C) is placed among flowers as people flock to the main temple of the Iglesia ni Cristo, where the body of its former leader, Manalo, lies on September 3, 2009. File phoboy Jay Directo/AFP

DOCUMENT: Complaint vs INC leaders

Aug 31, 2015 - 2:59 PM

A copy of the document filed by the expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr before the Department of Justice

EXPELLED MINISTER. Isaias Samson Jr, former editor in chief of the Iglesia ni Cristo publication, last week filed a complaint before the Department of Justice. 'Pasugo'File photo by Rappler

INC’s defeat: Actualizing separation of church and state

Aug 30, 2015 - 9:11 PM

UPDATED The INC s EDSA Shaw show of defiance is not so much for religious autonomy as it is for political relevance

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 members prepared for days-long street vigil

Aug 28, 2015 - 2:24 PM

They vow to stay outside the justice department building until the government gives in to their demand to keep its hands off an illegal detention complaint filed against INC leaders

INC members, for the 2nd day, continue to mass in front of the DOJ in Padre Faura. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

INC at DOJ, Poe and Robredo, PH traffic scheme | 12PM wRap

Aug 28, 2015 - 12:44 PM

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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

Iglesia ni Cristo sues another expelled minister for libel

Aug 03, 2015 - 2:15 PM

The INC files two separate complaints of libel against Eliodoro Joy Yuson who earlier accused the church s council of corruption and the alleged abduction of ministers

ANOTHER LIBEL CASE. The INC sues expelled minister Joy Yuson for libel. Photo by Jansen Romero/ Rappler

Part 2: Glicerio Santos Jr's clout and control in the INC

Jul 31, 2015 - 5:14 PM

[EXCLUSIVE] With only a few exceptions the personalities behind the US branches of the FYM foundation are basically the same: Glicerio Jr Glicerio III and Glicerio IV

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

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

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

CHR: Iglesia alleged abductions still a 'police matter'

Jul 24, 2015 - 3:52 PM

Commission on Human Rights Chairperson Chito Gascon says they will refrain from making any premature conclusions about the Iglesia at this time even as they continue monitoring cases

CRY FOR HELP. INC members ask for help outside the closed compound of Iglesia ni Cristo at Quezon City on Thursday. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler HERO2015 HERO2015

Manalo on INC, house arrest, Zamboanga blast | 12PM wRap

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:22 PM

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INC expels minister who alleged house arrest

Jul 24, 2015 - 9:44 AM

Minister Isaias Samson Jr says he was accused of running a blog that contains allegations against the Iglesia ni Cristo

HIS STAND. Isaias Samson Jr believes publicizing his family's ordeal will not harm Iglesia but rather help it. Photo from Rappler

WATCH: Iglesia ni Cristo member held under 'house arrest': There were grenades, threats

Jul 23, 2015 - 9:59 PM

Isaias Samson Jr who once was editor in chief of Iglesia Ni Cristo s Pasugo Magazine says he was held under house arrest