“It is has been said time and time again that when you start weaving lies, sooner or later, it will get all tangled up and you will be trapped in your own web of lies.” ~ A.E.
EXTRA! EXTRA! The name of the church, Iglesia Ni Cristo, is once again dragged into the mud of corruption and anomalies as it hits the front pages of the news!
Read more about the news from Inquirer.net.
To fully understand the scope and magnitude of this smuggling operation that involved the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Owner of the Philippine Arena), the Bureau of Customs, and the New San Jose Builders Inc., and how they ALMOST got away with it, we need to retrace the ties or connection between the key players in this whole fiasco.
In order for a plan of this enormity to prosper, all the chess pieces should be moved and placed in strategic places in order to safeguard the interest of the key players.
Let me lay down the pieces of the puzzle then… Bureau of Customs – Under the Benigno “Noynoy” Cojuangco Aquino III Administration was the Executive Secretary (Little President) Paquito Ochoa Jr. and Ruffy Biazon as B.O.C. Director who resigned and John Sevilla took office as B.O.C. Director. But since the Bureau of Customs plays a key role in the grand scheme of things involving the Sanggunian, they had to strategically place their own men, one of which was Alberto Lina and Teddy Sandy S. Raval, both backed up by the political strong arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo leadership.
So who’s who in this smuggling operation that has been successfully covered up over the years had it not been discovered recently?
Paquito Ochoa Jr. – Executive Secretary under the “Noynoy” Administration and Jose Acuzar of the New San Jose Builders are actually IN-LAWS. How about our dear beloved Eduardo V. Manalo, the Executive Minister and the notorious General Auditor, Glicerio “Jun” Santos Jr., of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and the masterminds of The Philippine Arena? E.V.M. and J.S. are godfathers to Jet Acuzar – Ali Atienza’s wedding.
“Congratulations to low-key “rags-to-riches” realty billionaire Jose “Jerry” Acuzar of New San Jose Builders on his eldest child Jet Acuzar marrying Manila’s 5th district topnotcher, Councilor Ali Atienza, who’s the youngest son of Buhay Partylist Congressman Lito Atienza and wife Beng Ilagan Atienza. The wedding was held at the Acuzar family’s unique 400-hectare Las Casas Filipinas de Acuzar in Bagac, Bataan province.
Among the godparents were House Speaker Sonny Belmonte, BDO boss Tessie Sy-Coson (whose brother, Hans Sy of SM, also attended), Acuzar’s brother-in-law, Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa Jr., Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo Manalo and wife Lynn, INC general auditor Jun Santos and wife Annie, former Vice President Noli De Castro, entrepreneur Jack Lam and Julie Rose Defensor.
There are talks that Vice President Jojo Binay and ex-President Joseph Estrada might draft former three-term Manila Mayor Lito Atienza to run for senator in 2016.”
While the rest of the church members are prohibited from participating in Catholic (or other religion’s) wedding ceremonies as god-parents or part of the wedding entourage, this regulation doesn’t seem to apply or have no effect on the top honchos of the church.
So now it’s getting clearer how they maneuvered this operation thru the Bureau of Customs- by placing “their” men in key positions that will safeguard their self-interest and ensure that what was covered REMAINS covered. And when somebody starts snooping around, they get pressured by the forces behind the powerful hands that orchestrate the music they expect everyone to dance to. When somebody doesn’t want to dance or play the tune, he will definitely feel the pressure until he finally breaks just as what exactly happened last year.
BOC Chief quits, cites politics
Sevilla tells of allegedly mounting Iglesia ni Cristo pressure
By: Ben O. de Vera, Jerry E. Esplanada – @inquirerdotnet
Philippine Daily Inquirer / 01:01 AM April 24, 2015
MANILA, Philippines—Alberto Lina received a surprise gift on his 67th birthday on Thursday—a return to his old post as commissioner of the Bureau of Customs (BOC), just hours after John Phillip Sevilla told reporters he had resigned as the agency’s chief, citing “political pressure” with next year’s presidential election pretty much in the air along with the need to raise campaign funds.
The turnover ceremony will take place at 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to an e-mail from the bureau’s information office. Later in the evening on Thursday, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. issued a statement that President Aquino had accepted Sevilla’s resignation and appointed Lina to replace him.
In a press conference on Thursday, Sevilla said he submitted his resignation to Aquino on Wednesday.
On Monday, he told reporters he had exceeded collection targets since taking over from resigned Ruffy Biazon in December 2013, denied news reports he was quitting and vowed he would not allow the agency to be used for raising funds for next year’s presidential election.
But almost a year before the 2016 elections, Sevilla said on Thursday, political pressure had mounted, which he could no longer bear.
Sevilla related that his troubles at the BOC started when he was just warming up to his new post one year and four months ago. He specifically mentioned the indigenous Christian congregation Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) that purportedly wanted its own people in key positions in the agency.
In June last year, the BOC released new guidelines on promoting personnel. According to Sevilla, he wanted to strictly implement the process put in place when promoting BOC officials. However, some groups were lobbying for certain personalities to be promoted, ignoring established procedures.
In September or October last year, he said he received feelers that the INC was pushing the appointment of Teddy Sandy S. Raval, chief of the BOC intellectual property rights division, to head the enforcement and security services (ESS).
But Sevilla nixed Raval’s move to the ESS, a director post whose appointment rests with the President. He said no one had told him about Raval’s qualifications or experience for the job.
Raval did not respond to the Inquirer’s e-mail asking for his comment. His staff said he was unavailable.
Edwil Zabala, an INC spokesman, said the group had no immediate comment on Sevilla’s claims.
Asked if he would take his oath of office at the Palace, Lina told the Inquirer, “Ipagdasal po natin (Let’s pray for this.)”
Lina served as head of the BOC during the Arroyo administration but resigned in July 2005 together with nine other top government officials at the height of the “Hello Garci” scandal—earning them the moniker “Hyatt 10,” a reference to the hotel where they made the announcement.
Finance Secretary Cesar V. Purisima was also among the “Hyatt 10,” and now heads the finance department, which oversees the BOC and the Bureau of Internal Revenue.
Sevilla clarified that he had not verified if the Iglesia ni Cristo was really behind the push for Raval’s promotion. But he noted that it was always the Iglesia ni Cristo’s name and influence that would float whenever there was lobbying for certain personalities.
“Truth to tell, I find it hard to believe that that is what the Iglesia ni Cristo wants, that the Iglesia ni Cristo is pushing for someone in the Customs. I have a friend who is a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo. I have a relative who is a member of Iglesia ni Cristo. I can’t really imagine that the Iglesia ni Cristo would lobby for government appointments,” he said.
‘Push is that strong’
“[I thought,] How come the push is that strong? I objected to that appointment. I said, ‘Look, I know that’s within the powers of the President, but I don’t agree that it’s a good idea.”
And then Sevilla received the news—“Very recently, I learned of the plan to go ahead with the appointment of Atty. Raval as director of ESS,” he said.
“It’s clear to me that whoever is pushing his appointment is powerful. There’s a strong push for the promotion of their men to very powerful positions here at the Customs. When these things happen, I become suspicious of their motives,” Sevilla lamented.
Things such as these eventually pushed Sevilla to give up his post, he said.
Sevilla said that every Monday morning at the bureau’s flag-raising ceremony, its personnel swear to “serve the public with utmost care, fidelity and promptness.”
He said he had sought to “uphold the time-honored principle that public office is a public trust.”
“I take these words seriously. I promised that there would be no politics or/and patronage system in the appointments in the customs bureau. I took that commitment seriously,” he said.
Reform team resignation?
But ahead of the 2016 elections, Sevilla said he felt political pressure at play. “Politics is in the atmosphere. I could feel strongly political factors are moving in the background.”
“In the past months, it was increasingly becoming difficult. In the coming months, it will probably be impossible to (fight politics),” he said, explaining his resignation. “I am saddened that I could not finish what I had started.”
Last Tuesday, a BOC official, also a member of the so-called Customs “reform team” created by the Department of Finance to institute reforms at the agency, told the Inquirer to “watch for the mass resignation” of members of the group.
The official, who asked not to be named for lack of authority to speak to the media, named Sevilla and Deputy Commissioner for the Intelligence Group Jessie Dellosa as among those who would take part in the move to protest “goings-on at Customs” which were “contrary to President Aquino’s matuwid na daan crusade.”
These include the Malacañang-proposed designation of Raval as Intelligence Division chief allegedly upon the recommendation of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo.
“As early as last March, Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. had been pushing for the appointment of Attorney Raval as Customs intelligence division chief. But both Commissioner Sevilla and Deputy Commissioner Dellosa defied him,” the official said.
Asked why Raval was not designated intelligence division chief, the official said, “Mainly because he has no military or police intelligence background. That would demoralize Customs intel and security personnel.”
“Worse, Attorney Raval is a marked man. His corrupt practices are common knowledge here,” the same source also said.
The official disclosed “on Feb. 8, he met [with undisclosed number of] Customs players at the UCC Restaurant on Timog Avenue, Quezon City.”
During that meeting, Raval allegedly asked the traders and representatives of other groups doing business with the BOC to cough up an “additional ‘tara’ of P6,000 per container” supposedly to raise funds for administration candidates in the 2016 elections. “Tara” is the smugglers and port fixers’ term for grease money to facilitate the release of their mainly misdeclared and undervalued imported goods.
Raval allegedly claimed he arranged the meeting on behalf of two other customs deputy commissioners and had the blessings of Ochoa.
Sevilla and Dellosa “learned about that meeting from no less than some of the traders who attended the same meeting,” said the source, adding the bureau “has in its possession evidence that the meeting did take place.”
The Inquirer on Thursday tried but failed to reach both Ochoa and Raval for comment.
In a text message to the Inquirer, Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. challenged Sevilla to support his claims of political pressure on him.
“Sevilla should speak up and not talk in generalities. Name names,” Belmonte said. “It’s unfair to the administration and officials like me who belong to the Liberal Party. Man up.”
Sevilla was the third BOC commissioner to resign under the Aquino administration, following Angelito A. Alvarez and Ruffy Biazon.
In a statement, the influential Makati Business Club (MBC) lamented Sevilla’s resignation.
“We consider Commissioner Sunny Sevilla an honest, competent, no-nonsense professional whose departure will be a great loss to the Bureau of Customs and this administration. It is a sad day when principled professionals deem it untenable to stay in office,” MBC chair Ramon R. del Rosario Jr. said.
“We hope that Commissioner Sevilla’s successor will pursue the reforms that he has initiated in the bureau,” Del Rosario added.—With reports from Tina G. Santos, Gil C. Cabacungan and Riza T. Olchondra
Originally posted as of 10:47 AM | Thursday, April 23, 2015
This article takes me back down memory lane almost two years ago when I first published an expose regarding the partnership of the Iglesia Ni Cristo and New San Jose Builders [Read: https://incsilentnomore.com/2015/05/14/iglesia-ni-cristo-san-jose-builders-fort-victoria-anomaly-high-end-condominium/]
It contains the now highly debunked statements of the Glicerio “Jun” Santos Jr. proclaiming that there are no anomalies in the church treasury, and I quote, “WALANG ANOMALYA SA PANANALAPI NG IGLESIA! PURO KAYO PANINIRA! WALA NAMAN KAYONG EBIDENSYA! WALA! WALA KAYONG NALALAMAN KATITING MAN! WALA!” (“There’s no anomaly within the church treasury! All you do is malign! You don’t have any evidence! You know nothing at all! Nothing!”)
Hear it for yourself. https://soundcloud.com/antonio-ebangelista/bro-glicerio-b-santos-jrs-battle-cry
So is there really nothing anomalous about a religious and non-profit institution such as the Iglesia Ni Cristo to go into a commercial JOINT VENTURE with a COMMERCIAL and PROFIT-MAKING COMPANY like NEW SAN JOSE BUILDERS?
Is there really nothing dubious about a religious institution OWNING an Exclusive High-End Condominium at 5th Avenue corner Rizal Drive, Global City, Taguig City (Fort Bonifacio) and a joint venture with New San Jose Builders Inc?
Although some “unaware” members of the church were quick to say that the church has always owned “condominiums” such as Sagana Condominium, Pink Condominium, and many others. These condominiums are owned and built by the INC Construction Department solely for housing privileges for Ministers and church employees. It has no commercial purpose and they are not for sale.
What about the Fort Victoria Condominium? It has 1,094 High-End Residential Condo Units, 20 High End Commercial Units, 1,179 Parking Spaces. Wow!
Now ofcourse, it would be so unethical if the high-end unit were to be “named” under the elite circle of the Executive Minister, right? So what do these “experts” in deception do? They ALWAYS have a FRONT GUY. How do we pinpoint who this guy is? Let’s look and see at the registered owners of the mysterious high-end unit and the PRICE TAG for each unit.
Presenting… DOMINGO COMINTAN GARCIA JR! More popularly known in the inner circle of the church as the infamous JUNGAR. More on this INC Contractor as you read below.
So what happened to the Iglesia Ni Cristo property? It was sold to JOSE ACUZAR of New San Jose Builders. These are the ties that bind.
“There’s NO PROOF!!!” shouts Glicerio “Jun” Santos Jr. It’s a good thing Rappler is very good in what they do, which in uncovering the truth. Here’s the PROOF.
Iglesia property in The Fort sold for almost P1B
The new TCT (see below) issued in the name of NSJB transferred ownership of Fort Victoria in exchange for the payment of P944.8 million ($20.43 million), documents obtained by Rappler showed.
A memorandum of encumbrances also revealed that NSJB needed an additional P255.2 million ($5.52 million) for the condominium project – an amount the INC “is willing to lend,” the same memorandum indicated.
On top of this, NSJB took out a P2-billion loan ($43.24 million) from Banco De Oro Unibank Incorporated and mortgaged the property in 2012.
Domingo Garcia Jr
A partial list of unit owners in Fort Victoria’s Tower A shows that as of May 2015, a total of 24 units are in the name of one person: Domingo Comintan Garcia Jr.
Known in Iglesia circles as “JunGar” or Jun Garcia, he is said to be a favored contractor for most INC construction projects.
Eliodoro Yuson Jr, a former INC minister who was expelled because of his exposés, revealed that Garcia is likewise a close friend of Glicerio Santos Jr – the treasurer and auditor of the Iglesia – who occupies key positions in Iglesia local foundations and corporations, as well as in Felix Y Manalo foundations abroad.
Garcia is also the chairman of the board, stockholder, and president of Maligaya Development Corporation, the management arm of the Philippine Arena in Bulacan.
He is the incorporator, chairman of the board, and president of DG Garcia Construction Inc (DG Garcia), which is behind the construction of some INC chapels and other infrastructure such as the INC Museum, the INC Media Center, and the parking building of the INC’s own broadcast channel Net25.
A search with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) revealed that the registration of DG Garcia has actually been revoked. The revocation of corporate papers happens when a company fails to submit on time, for consecutive years, its general information sheets (GIS) or financial statements (FS).
SEC documents show that DG Garcia Construction was registered on February 23, 1994. Since that time, the company was able to submit its GIS for the years 2003, 2004, and 2014 only, and was able to file its FS for the years 2006-2012.
For sure, Garcia cannot occupy all units by himself. “Could he instead be holding them for members of the INC Sanggunian or Council?” asked one INC member. To workers in Fort Victoria, it is common knowledge that the units on the 25th floor are “Iglesia,” informed sources told Rappler.
The sizes of the acquired units on the topmost floors of the condominium vary – ranging from 40.6 square meters to 136.21 square meters.
Tower A, where Garcia’s units are, has 27 floors. He got 12 out of 17 units on the 25th floor, all spanning 532.69 square meters and costing P53,242,000 ($1.15 million).
Six units each on the 26th and 27th floors with a combined floor area of 695.42 square meters per floor or a total of 1,390.84 square meters were also purchased or put under the name of Garcia. These cost P139.084 million ($3.007 million).
No other units on these two topmost floors were bought by other persons besides Garcia. He, or whoever he represents, has exclusive use of them.
All in all, units under Garcia’s name had a total floor area of 1,923.53 square meters with a total cost of P192.33 million ($4.16 million).
We repeatedly tried calling INC Spokesman Edwil Zabala to get the side of Garcia and the Iglesia leadership, but he did not pick up the calls.
In a separate blog post, the INC explained that there is nothing wrong with its construction of Fort Victoria. It said that there is no government law or Iglesia ruling that prohibits religious corporations to enter into a business contract with a profit-making company.
The post also relieved INC Eduardo Manalo and Santos of any liabilities by stressing that the “license to sell” issued to both INC and NSJB was issued on March 13, 2009 – 6 months even before Manalo became the organization’s executive minister.
But it was silent on Garcia’s having multiple units in the high-end condominium. – Rappler.com
So for those people who still cannot see the lines that connect the dots or perhaps choose NOT to see them, everything is now being exposed to the light of the truth. Which side you’ll be on is the only choice you have to make. What it will take for you to choose the truth over the lies, I can only guess…
The truth is what fueled us NOT to be silent anymore, while the lie is what fuels the corrupt to keep YOU silent. Being silent makes you are an accessory to the crime- a partner in the sins and you allow evil to flourish. Until when will you be silent? Hopefully not when everything is TOO LATE.
” Then I heard another voice calling from heaven, “Come away from her, my people; do not take part in her sins, or you will be punished with her. ” ~Revelation 18:4 Living Bible
~ Antonio Ramirez Ebangelista
“They tried to bury us…they didn’t know we were seeds.”
“Unlike you, I don’t have power or money, but what I do have is a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you tell the truth now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will expose you.” – A.E.
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