Here’s the Inquirer article by Ms. Ma. Ceres P. Doyo, a respectable and unbiased journalist, a seasoned veteran. I hope our people from NET 25 and Eagle News can learn a thing or two from people with unquestionable credibility and professionalism in journalism.
Here’s a copy of the Open Letter I sent her:
AN OPEN LETTER TO MS. MA. CERES P. DOYO
PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
Dear Ms. Doyo,
First of all, I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude for the extraordinary courage in which you were able to expound with clarity, the current disturbing state of our beloved church, The Iglesia Ni Cristo.
Not very many journalists would have risked their reputation and profession like you did, when you boldly exposed very sensitive issues of alleged corruption, abuses, misuse of power and influence, human rights violations, illegal activities, malversation of funds and the unimaginable maltreatment and harassment of the family members of the former Executive Minister, the late Brother Eraño G. Manalo. All of these were perpetrated by no less than the now notorious Iglesia Ni Cristo Council Ministers or Sanggunian. I expect that after writing your piece, you have felt the internal and external pressures that came with it.
I, as you may well know by now, goes by the pseudo name Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista, which according to your article is THE MYSTERY BLOGGER THAT STARTED IT ALL. After all the reports that surfaced about Ministers and brethren alike, being illegally detained, coerced, harassed, tortured, not to mention the many more that are still unreported, you now probably know why it was imperative for me to maintain my anonymity. All of the crimes they (Sanggunian) said they didn’t commit, are all because they needed to catch me and silence me. Fortunately, with God’s help, during the height of the kidnappings and house arrests, I was able to flee with my family and was able to escape capture. I had to maintain radio silence for quite sometime until I was able to secure my family and even the equipment that I use for my research and expositions via social media and now, even mainstream media, which we didn’t have before.
Just to give you a little background on how all of these started, I was just an ordinary Minister in the Church. I dedicated my whole life in the Ministry, loved the Church with all my heart, and raised my kids inside the Ministry as well. I hope you can imagine the pain I go through every time I release an article about how our beloved church is being tainted with corruption and anomalies caused by the Sanggunian and their willing cohorts. For many years, I tried to contain everything that I know that is happening to the church, I was in denial. I tried to convince myself that it is better for me to keep silent than to put the church reputation to shame. I was a firm believer of the internal REPORTING SYSTEM that the Administration had in place even during the previous administrations. Unfortunately it came to a point when the Ministers being reported are the same Ministers who are accepting and screening the reports, the Sanggunian and their co-conspirators. One would only be so naive as to wonder why their reports are not being answered and the problems reported, not corrected. It paved the way for an inverse paradigm shift that rendered the brethren who report the misdeeds, are the ones being investigated, persecuted and eventually expelled, for telling the truth and for doing what is right. It the the Sanggunian’s ultimate Self-Preservation Scheme. Eventually the corruption within the Sanggunian became an OPEN SECRET within the Central Offices and the Ministers, even the employees, yet no one could question anyone, “WHY ARE THESE THINGS EVEN HAPPENING?” It came to a point when church members are either ignoring the glaring proof of corruption or chose to believe that there is absolutely no such thing. It was the beginning of the years of THE SILENT MAJORITY.
For six (6) years, my family held a devotional prayer in silence, for the sake of the church and for a solution to manifest for the sake of the Church Administration. Until that faithful day in April of 2015, when I heard the news about how Sister Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the eldest daughter of the late Bro. Eraño G. Manalo, finally broke her silence and pleaded for help for the safety of her family and that of Brother Angel V. Manalo’s, because their lives were in danger. I had no way of knowing what was happening because it was just in Facebook, that’s why I had to make an FB account under a different name. Unbeknownst to me that day that the Facebook name I created would be the birth of Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista and change the course of history. At present, A.E. is now the Sanggunian’s Most Wanted. What followed suit was a blogsite rightfully named, Iglesia Ni Cristo Silent No More and with the months that followed, more and more pseudo names and bloggers emerged. Names like Sher Lock, Nina Agiluz, Katnize Everdene, Benito Affleck, Danica Rosales, Alexander Tobias, Kelly Ong seemed to fill up the Sanggunian’s hitlist, yet there were hundreds more that are DEFENDERS, both hidden and out in the open. None of us knew each other, none of them knew who I was, yet we were banded together under the same divine goal, to eradicate the corruption inside the Church by exposing the atrocities of the Sanggunian and their cohorts. Miraculously, there were brethren everywhere who have the same zeal and passion to restore the church to its rightful unblemished state, and they were all willing to help in every way they could. These were the silent church defenders who were the eyes and ears on the ground, doing research, submitting reports, pictures, PROOFS, undeniable proofs. These AEs everywhere comprise the most elaborate and intrinsic intelligence network of this anonymous organization. This is basically the reason why they could never catch me, because I am everybody and anybody who has the same passion for the church. Everyone silently utters the words, I AM AE under their breath. And the rest, as you can say, is HISTORY.
Moving forward, with the dismissal of the cases of Bro. Isaias Samson Jr. and Lito Fruto, we are all dedicating our efforts to provide remedies for them and to ensure that the case of Bro. Lowell Menorca II will not be hampered by the devious tentacles of the Sanggunian. And with the rapidly increasing number of DEFENDERS everyday, coming from every locale of every District of every country, we are now EVERYWHERE. So the minute a Sanggunian member is in another country perpetuating money laundering or lavishly squandering church funds for their personal whims, or if any corrupt Minister is harassing or coercing brethren anywhere in the world, or if any of the Sanggunian even stinks of corruption such as attempting to smuggle cash (from our offerings) outbound from other countries, they will be reported to us and we will fiercely expose them. Because unfortunately, the Sanggunian Ministers arrogantly still think that they are above the law, that they can muscle their way through the current mangled government of our country, and that they can bribe any official there is to make all of these go away. Well, we are here to make them realize that the day they abused their sworn oath as Council Ministers, was the day they waived their right to be spared by God’s wrath in every form or shape. They will be punished for everything that they have done to the church and the brethren in the open and even in secret. Time will tell and it will be recorded in history and the generations to come will know the truth about what really happened to the Iglesia Ni Cristo. This is now a chapter in history that the IGLESIA NI CRISTO IS SILENT NO MORE.
So with the continued success of the DEFENDERS in our efforts to restore the church, we are not surprised with all the smear campaign that the Sanggunian Ministers are doing, employing every black propaganda that money can buy- money they do not own – money that was hard earned by the brethren for their offering in the church. Thus, the sacred monetary offerings of the brethren is now likened to the boiling oil in which it is frying itself in. This is probably one of the lowest, cheapest and most disgraceful act of the Sanggunian against the church which it swore to care and protect. And midst all these false accusations against me, for the record let me just state a few points regarding our endeavor. First and foremost, we are NOT against the Executive Minister, Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo. This is not a fight against him but against his council ministers and anyone who is involved in corruption inside the church, whether he wants to join them in this battle is entirely up to him, but we have no personal grudges against him, there is no power struggle or efforts to replace him whatsoever. Secondly, we are not forming a separate church or our own religion. We uphold all the pristine doctrines that is stated in the Bible taught to us by the last messenger. We want to restore the church to its former glory and holiness, that is why we are exposing and fighting the corruption and all those who are instruments of it. Despite all our efforts to course these concerns diplomatically thru the right channels, the Sanggunian severed all communication and reporting protocols in order to protect themselves. That is why, it is not our fault if these concerns of the brethren took a natural course towards social media, a medium that the Sanggunian cannot censor and gag. They brought this upon themselves, not us. Thirdly, we did not want to leave the church. Many of us were pushed out and unjustly expelled. But that does not mean to say that the expositions we are presenting are no less than the truth. The summary expulsion that the Sanggunian is promoting today is exactly the reason for conditioning the minds of the people that expelled members are not to be believed simply because they are already expelled. It may seem illogical, but believe me, a lot of brethren are swayed to it like a moth to a candle light. Painful as it is for me to admit, but some brethren, need not any reason nor logic to follow blindly, they just need to be ONE WITH E.V.M. (Eduardo V. Manalo). This is the latest ongoing campaign that they are doing now, complete with the new THUMBMARK seal, COMPLETE AND ABSOLUTE OBEDIENCE TO THE CHURCH ADMINISTRATION IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE SALVATION. Unfortunately, they believe this without realizing that they are already excluding or diminishing the importance of God and our Lord Jesus Christ in order to attain salvation, this has never been the way of the Iglesia Ni Cristo from the time of Bro. Felix Manalo.
Thus, I know that this war is far from over. Battles are fought at every front everyday and we will continue to fight, for this is the greatest fight of our faith. God will judge all of us based on the acts that we have committed, and when that day comes, God will see that we fought for our beloved church ’til our very last, last breath. I hope the day will come when I will no longer need to use this pseudo name and come up to you and shake your hand and thank you for the service that you have done for the church, for the many brethren who benefit from your unbiased reporting, and for your service to humanity. But if that day doesn’t come any time soon, I shall shake your hand still, and give it three firm squeezes to let you know that it is me shaking your hand. Until that day…
“They tried to bury us…they didn’t know we were seeds.”
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