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Mother of expelled INC member granted refugee status in Canada

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Fredisminda Menorca is the mother of Lowell Menorca II who allegedly was abducted and detained as ordered by the leadership of the influential church

Expelled INC member gets refugee status in Canada

Jan 26, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Canadian authorities say Lowell Menorca II 'is a person in need of protection from a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment and a risk to his life'

ARRESTED. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca is secured by police officers after he was presented a warrant of arrest for libel on January 20, 2016. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

Suspected anti-Iglesia blogger arrested

Nov 13, 2016 - 4:12 PM

Rovic Canono is arrested over a case allegedly instigated by the INC Canono is suspected to be behind the critical blogs against the powerful church an allegation he denies

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo

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

Habeas corpus petition for ex-INC church worker's house help junked

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:36 PM

The parents of Abegail Yanson house help of ex Iglesia ni Cristo church worker Lowell Menorca had accused the Menorcas of illegally detaining their daughter

HABEAS CORPUS. The parents of Abegail Yanson, house help of former Iglesia church worker Lowell Menorca II, claimed the Menorcas were keeping Abegail under illegal detention. Screen grab from video courtesy of incdefenders.org

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

Iglesia lawyers to court: Menorca's amparo case moot

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:46 PM

But lawyers of the expelled church worker want the amparo petition which seeks to grant Menorca protection archived for 2 years

SUBMITTED FOR RESOLUTION. After more than 5 months, the petition for writ of amparo filed by relatives of ex-INC church worker Lowell Menorca II has been submitted for resolution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-INC member Menorca: No hope for justice in PH

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:20 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Menorca says he plans to seek help from a higher court and international agencies to ensure the safety of his family

NO JUSTICE. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo church worker Lowell Menorca II wipes his tears inside his car as he resisted his arrest from Manila police on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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-Iglesia church worker Lowell Menorca is missing – lawyers

Mar 07, 2016 - 12:34 PM

His lawyers have not been able to contact Menorca and his family since Sunday night

MISSING. In this November 2015 photo, former INC evangelical worker Lowell Menorca II shows up at the Court of Appeals for a hearing on the writs of amparo and habeas corpus filed by his relatives. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Menorca slams 'clear pattern' in libel complaints against him

Mar 04, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The former evangelical worker says he was informed of another libel complaint against him – but maintains he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint

LIBEL COMPLAINTS. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca listens to an investigator as he read the warrant of arrest on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Lowell Menorca's wife: 'I stand by my man'

Feb 13, 2016 - 9:00 AM

Addressing Iglesia harassers Jingky Otsuka Menorca says If you expect these concerted attacks on my husband to break either one of us you are sadly mistaken

APPEAL. Jinky Menorca, wife of ex-Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II, slammed her husband's arrest as 'overkill.' Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Expelled INC member Lowell Menorca accused of adultery

Feb 12, 2016 - 2:13 PM

The husband of Menorca s alleged paramour Davis Flores files a complaint affidavit against his estranged wife and the ex evangelical worker before the Manila prosecutor s office on Friday February 12

WHERE ARE THE CANDIDATES? Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca II holds a press conference in Mandaluyong City on January 22, 2016 after being released on bail. Photo by Rappler

CHR: Probe 'irregularities' in arrest of ex-INC minister

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says authorities should investigate the complaints of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II who was arrested by plainclothes policemen last week

Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana negotiates with ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Jan 26, 2016 - 6:42 PM

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Iglesia to Menorca: Prove actual threat to your life

Jan 26, 2016 - 3:09 PM

As the ex minister takes the witness stand at the Court of Appeals for the first time INC lawyers want him to prove actual instead of speculative threats

Former Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) minister Lowell Menorca relates how he was allegedly detained by his fellow INC members during a press conference at the Bayview Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on Sunday. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ex-minister: 2016 bets ignoring INC issues due to bloc voting

Jan 24, 2016 - 6:10 PM

But former INC minister Lowell Menorca II also says bloc voting is now unreliable because the church is already divided

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

Jinky Menorca slams husband's arrest as 'overkill'

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Jinky Menorca says the unexpected arrest of her husband ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II was traumatic for the family especially for her two year old daughter

APPEAL. Jinky Menorca, wife of ex-Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II, slammed her husband's arrest as 'overkill.' Photo by Katerina Francisco/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

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Jan 20, 2016 - 8:42 PM

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Jinky Menorca: Husband's arrest is INC attempt to block testimony

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The former Iglesia minister was supposed to appear before the Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning before he was arrested by plainclothes policemen

Ex-INC Minister Lowell Menorca is secured by police officers led by Manila Police Director Rolando Nana (left) after he was presented a warrant of arrest for libel on Wednesday, January 20. Menorca was brought to MPD Station 5 at Luneta Park. 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

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

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Dec 01, 2015 - 8:42 PM

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Testimony of ex-minister Menorca postponed as INC raises objections

Dec 01, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The INC camp has 117 objections to Menorca s long winded affidavit prompting the court to adjourn proceedings

AFFIDAVIT QUESTIONED. In this photo, former INC minister Lowell Menorca arrives at the Court of Appeals for the first hearing on the petitions for writs of habeas corpus and amparo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Lowell Menorca's wife recounts threat to their lives

Nov 17, 2015 - 7:30 PM

I thought I was dreaming this isn t happening to the pastoral itself with the chapel just beside us Why are they like that how could they do this?

SEIKO MENORCA. The wife of former Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca, Jinky Menorca, sits beside her husband as he relates how he was allegedly detained by his fellow INC members during a press conference at the Bayview Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on October 25. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

INC lawyers question witness testimonies in ex-minister's case

Nov 11, 2015 - 6:51 PM

Lawyers representing the Iglesia ni Cristo begin the cross examination of witnesses in the petition of ex minister Lowell Menorca against top church officials

HEARING. Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca arrives at the Court of Appeals for the first hearing on a petition for writs of habeas corpus and amparo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

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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

Ex-INC minister Menorca faces illegal detention complaint

Nov 04, 2015 - 8:01 PM

The parents of Abegail Yanson house help of the Menorca family say their daughter was held against her will by the ex Iglesia minister

NEW COMPLAINT. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca faces a serious illegal detention complaint filed by the parents of his house help. In this photo, Menorca arrives at the Court of Appeals for a hearing on petitions for writs of habeas corpus and amparo. Photo by Alecs Ongca/Rappler

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Nov 03, 2015 - 6:37 PM

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Iglesia ni Cristo wants ex-minister's petitions dismissed

Nov 03, 2015 - 5:08 PM

The INC says former minister Lowell Menorca should not be entitled to the privilege of a writ of amparo because there is no actual threat against him

FIRST HEARING. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca arrives at the Court of Appeals for the first hearing of the petition for writ of amparo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Trip to Japan for Iglesia ni Cristo's Eduardo Manalo?

Nov 02, 2015 - 9:52 PM

UPDATED Was the trip intended to celebrate his 59th birthday or was it to speak to relatives of Jinky Otsuka Menorca wife of expelled minister Lowell Menorca? Whatever the intent Manalo was a no show at the Court of Appeals on Nov 3

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

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

INC minister Lowell Menorca: The story of my kidnapping

Oct 30, 2015 - 9:00 PM

Abducted and rescued former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca recounts the ordeal he survived This is his story in his own words

KIDNAPPED. Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca relates how he was abducted upon the alleged orders of fellow INC members during a press conference on October 25 at the Bayview Hotel in Roxas Boulevard. By his side is wife Jingky. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

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Oct 29, 2015 - 5:00 AM

Binay: We must listen to INC's explanation

Oct 26, 2015 - 2:16 PM

Binay: We are already jumping into conclusions You are already assuming there is a conviction There is still no judgment These are still allegations

MEETING BUSINESS LEADERS. Vice President Jejomar Binay at the Philippine Business Conference and Expo in Marriott Hotel, October 26, 2015. Photo by Ayee Macaraig/Rappler

Menorca’s ‘detention,’ Escudero-Binay meet, haze crisis | 12PM wRap

Oct 26, 2015 - 12:34 PM

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Menorca: Iglesia leaders calling for another EDSA

Oct 25, 2015 - 6:24 PM

You have angered the Iglesia you have angered the brethren that s why for certain they will go [to EDSA] again and you will be unable to stop them expelled INC minister Lowell Menorca is told

NO MORE EDSA. Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca relates how he was allegedly detained by his fellow INC members during a press conference at the Bayview Hotel in Manila on October 25. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ex-minister Lowell Menorca recounts Iglesia 'detention' ordeal

Oct 25, 2015 - 1:20 PM

UPDATED INC s Lowell Menorca says he was abducted to force him to expose members critical of the church He also claims INC officials wanted him dead

RESCUED. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca recounts his ordeal after claiming he was illegally detained by top INC members. Photo by Chay Hofileña/Rappler

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Oct 23, 2015 - 7:05 PM

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Ex-INC minister rescued after 'illegal detention'

Oct 23, 2015 - 6:42 PM

Lowell Menorca says in a video that he was illegally detained at the Iglesia ni Cristo central compound from July 25 to October 21 and that everything he said in a Net 25 interview was scripted

ABDUCTED? Former INC minister Lowell Menorca denies he was abducted in an INC interview, but his brother says Lowell said things under duress. Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News

SC to INC leaders: Produce Lowell Menorca before CA

Oct 23, 2015 - 2:32 PM

UPDATED The High Court directs INC leaders to produce the persons of expelled minister Lowell II Menorca and 3 others before the Court of Appeals on Tuesday November 3

ABDUCTED? Former INC minister Lowell Menorca denies he was abducted in an INC interview, but his brother says Lowell was under duress. Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News

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Oct 22, 2015 - 12:24 PM

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SC asked to order Iglesia ni Cristo to produce ex-minister Lowell Menorca

Oct 21, 2015 - 6:07 PM

Lowell Menorca and his family are allegedly being held against their will after he became critical of the governing body of the religious organization

ABDUCTED? Former INC minister Lowell Menorca denies he was abducted in an INC interview, but his brother says Lowell was under duress. Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News