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Are the Manalo siblings trying to spy on INC?

Jun 18, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo shows photos of electronic devices supposedly being snuck inside deliveries meant for Lottie and Angel Manalo

SNOOPING AROUND? INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala shows photos of alleged spying equipment hidden inside deliveries to Angel and Lottie Manalo at 36 Tandang Sora

Court orders Manalo siblings out of 36 Tandang Sora

Jun 18, 2016 - 3:53 PM

But without a writ of execution from the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court the decision cannot be fully carried out yet

IN FAVOR OF IGLESIA. INC spokesperson Bro Edwil Zabala and lawyer Moises Tolentino Jr hold a press conference on June 18 about the illegal detainer case they filed against Lottie and Angel Manalo. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo holds huge evangelical event

May 22, 2016 - 1:36 AM

3rd UPDATE Traffic eases at the Bocaue portion of the North Luzon Expressway past noon

Poster for the INC's evangelical mission "Reconnect: Worldwide Intensive Propagation" to be held on Sunday, May 22. Photo from INCMedia

Will scandals erode Iglesia ni Cristo bloc vote?

May 01, 2016 - 11:00 AM

Recent scandals involving the Iglesia ni Cristo cast doubt on the practice of bloc voting Will INC members still obey their ministers on election day?

CENTURY-OLD CHURCH. A man holds the flag of the Iglesia ni Cristo during its centennial celebration in Bulacan in July 2014. File photo by Rico Cruz

INC: Menorca a 'fugitive,' robbed Iglesia of chance to expose lies

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo says the former church worker fled the country to escape libel cases and has been seen in Vietnam

IN VIETNAM? INC spokesperson Edwil Zabal speaks with a couple from Ho Chi Minh who claims they saw the Menorcas leave Manila for Vietnam. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Menorca: I won't file charges vs Eduardo Manalo

Jan 22, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca II believes it is only God who can judge the executive minister of the 101 year old church

NOTHING AGAINST MANALO. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca II and his wife Jinky face members of the media on January 22 after he posted bail in relation to his two libel complaints. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca released

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED Hours before his release he receives a subpoena requiring him to attend a hearing on March 4 supposedly stemming from a 3rd libel case – in Cavite

LIBEL CASES. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca with Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana arrives at the MPD Station 5 after he was arrested because of a libel complaint filed against him. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Menorca dares INC officials: Show up in court

Jan 21, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Kaya mo bang sabihin na Sanggunian Ka Eduardo ipakita natin sa buong mundo na hindi tayo angat sa batas? asks ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II

ARRESTED. Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca II arrives at Manila Police District Station 5 with MPD Chief Rolando Nana on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras /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

INC mulls ejectment case vs Manalos over Tandang Sora lot

Jan 14, 2016 - 1:28 PM

If the Manalo siblings fail to vacate the contested property 15 days after a second notice the INC says it will file an ejectment case against them

SECURITY CONCERNS. INC Spokeperson Edwil Zabala and Atty. Moises Tolentino Jr hold up photos of unknown men at the contested 36 Tandang Sora property. Photo by Joel Liporada/Rappler

INC holds medical mission for Muslims in QC

Jan 02, 2016 - 1:05 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo says it wants to promote understanding among different faith groups

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

Poe’s citizenship case, Xi in PH, INC-Menorca case | 6PM wRap

Nov 09, 2015 - 6:57 PM

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Ex-INC minister's house help: Leaders force my family to lie

Nov 09, 2015 - 1:48 PM

2nd UPDATE Napakasakit po Nagagalit ako sa mga Sanggunian says Abegail Yanson house help of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca in a video obtained by Rappler

HITTING INC LEADERS. Abegail Yanson, who was supposed detained by former INC minister Lowell Menorca, says she wasn't held against her will and that the INC's leadership is forcing her family to lie. Screen grab from video courtesy of incdefenders.org

INC stages biggest event to woo non-members

Sep 26, 2015 - 7:00 AM

Speaking to Rappler Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala says this is the biggest evangelical mission in the INC s 101 year history

BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014  BOOSTING MEMBERSHIP. The Iglesia ni Cristo is holding its biggest grand evangelical mission on September 26, 2015, to boost its membership in the face of its worst crisis. File photo by Rico Cruz in 2014

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

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

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

VLOG: 'We've shown how united we are' – Iglesia leaders

Aug 31, 2015 - 4:38 PM

Leaders remind their faithful that they came in peace and that they should leave in peace – and to pick up their trash as they go

INC protest, Aquino’s emergency meeting, Saudi elections | 12PM wRap

Aug 31, 2015 - 11:51 AM

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INC spokesman hits 'low' police estimate of EDSA rally crowd

Aug 30, 2015 - 11:53 PM

INC spokesman Edwil Zabala hits the police for pegging the figure of INC members crowding EDSA at only 13 000

'100,000-STRONG CROWD.' INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala criticize the media and the police for allegedly underestimating the crowd in EDSA. Photo by Mark Saludes/Rappler

INC members from provinces flock to EDSA

Aug 30, 2015 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED More and more handwritten placards bearing names of various cities and provinces in the country are being raised at the INC s street vigil in EDSA Shaw

FROM ACROSS PH. INC members from different parts of the Philippines flock to EDSA-Shaw for their 4th day of protest on August 30, 2015. Photo by Pat Nabong/Rappler

Iglesia ni Cristo: Sorry for traffic, blame our enemies

Aug 30, 2015 - 1:29 PM

‘Marunong po kaming gumalang sa karapatan ng iba Marunong po kaming makisama ’ Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala says

SUNDAY RALLY. INC members from different parts of the Philippines flock to EDSA-Shaw for their 4th day of protest on August 30, 2015. Photo by Pat Nabong/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

WATCH: Iglesia crowd chanting "INC! Hustisya!"

Aug 28, 2015 - 9:27 PM

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Iglesia ni Cristo rally allowed in Manila until September 4

Aug 28, 2015 - 7:19 PM

The Manila city government extends for a full week INC s permit to assemble along Pedro Gil Padre Faura and United Nations Avenue – areas near schools and offices

ONE MORE WEEK. On Friday, August 28, Iglesia ni Cristo spokesman Edwil Zabala tells the crowd of a few thousands outside the Department of Justice that the city government has allowed them to assemble on the streets of Manila until the next Friday, September 4, 2015. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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 members mass in front of DOJ

Aug 27, 2015 - 10:23 PM

3RD UPDATE Iglesia insiders say they were instructed after their church service on Thursday to proceed to the Department of Justice to fight for faith and doctrine

IGLESIA CROWD. Thousands gather in front of the Department of Justice evening of August 27. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

‘Felix Manalo’ movie portrays Iglesia ni Cristo history

Aug 20, 2015 - 9:32 PM

INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala clarifies the movie is not intended to make money for the church but to show the life of its founder Felix Manalo

DENNIS TRILLO. The actor stars as INC founder Felix Manalo in an upcoming movie of the same name. Screengrab from YouTube

Iglesia property in The Fort sold for almost P1B

Aug 19, 2015 - 11:26 AM

EXCLUSIVE: The new owner of Fort Victoria in upscale Bonifacio Global City is New San Jose Builders Incorporated owned by a businessman close to the Aquino administration

FORT VICTORIA. A joint project between the Iglesia ni Cristo and New San Jose Builders stands tall in The Fort in Taguig. Photo by Mark Z. Saludes/Rappler (c) Mark Z.Saludes

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

Part 1: Who is Glicerio Santos Jr in the Iglesia ni Cristo?

Jul 30, 2015 - 8:02 AM

[EXCLUSIVE] The elder Eraño Manalo had advised his son Eduardo now executive minister to always listen to the good counsel of Santos also known as Kidlat because he was quick to act

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

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

INC leaders using planes worth billions of pesos?

Jul 25, 2015 - 7:40 PM

EXCLUSIVE: The price of a huge Airbus ranges from P8 8 billion to P11 billion while an executive jet costs about P3 6 billion These aircraft are being used by the Iglesia executive minister in his pastoral and personal trips abroad Rappler learns

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

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

Jul 24, 2015 - 12:22 PM

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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