The whole Filipino community here and abroad was shocked when the announcement and the appointment came out.
There are already a lot of Press releases and News Coverages that features this momentous event in the history of the Philippines and the Iglesia Ni Cristo. You can just Google-it and it will all pop out. Here are just some of them for your easy reading:
They're all pretty much the same with the addition of some pretty obvious no-brainer cheering from career politicians seeking good favors from the new Special Envoy.
Truthful articles on the matter were brief and concise in their reports simply because they have very low tolerance to BS. Unlike this site which extensively raised the whole orchestra for EVM. Featuring: Eagle News, the INC owned and controlled media facility.
But notice why all of the publicity seems eerily POSITIVE and nobody is reporting for the 77% of the people who are ANGRY about this announcement and only 1% happy?
It's because this great hullabaloo is just a SHOW! Just look back at the INC postings and their reaction and you will see the pattern.
First: ACT SURPRISE (Like this is the first time the Church Administration heard about it)
Second: ACT OF DENIAL (Like the Church Administration had nothing to do with this)
Third: (FALSE) HUMILITY BY ACCEPTING THE APPOINTMENT (Like it wasn't the plan all along)
Fourth: BARRAGE OF POSITIVE PUBLICITY AND OVER-BEARING SUPPORT
Result: A PRECIOUS SMILE ON EVM'S FACE (More of a smirk than a smile)
Actually, there is a difference between feigning innocence and just plain ignorance. I don't know what it is for these people...
"Weng Dela Fuente Deimoy: The story is that Pres. Duterte appointed Bro. EVM, but there is no mention that the said appointment was accepted."
And then Boom! Just like clockwork...
"Official Statement from Bro. Edwil Zabala of INC-PIO: We thank our dear President Rodrigo Roa Duterte for their trust in Bro. Eduardo V. manalo.
The whole Church of Christ is united with Bro. Eduardo in helping our countrymen wherever they are, for their own benefit. Just like the program launched by Bro. Eduardo then, "My Countrymen, My Brethren" -- to the best of our abilities, we will aid our countrymen wherever they may be."
But honestly, not only the general public but also the greater majority of the Iglesia Ni Cristo congregants, do not know what really happens inside the INC Central Office's closed-door meetings that produce events like this. And before I delve into more details, let me first give everyone a backgrounder of how deeply rooted the INC's influence really is and how it transformed from a pristine and noble cause into a charlatan of a harlot that it is today under the EVM Administration.
Let me show you for the first time what very few people knew and have seen, things that the majority would never have seen in the news then and now.
Let me start with...
THE LEGACY OF THE PRISTINE PREDECESSORS
The administration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo during the time of Bro. Felix Y. Manalo and Bro. Eraño G. Manalo has always been very conservative and dedicated solely to the spiritual needs of the church in its entirety. It never meddled with political or commercial affairs, thus, preserving its pristine integrity in the country and throughout the world. When bloc voting was observed by its congregants in the Philippines, it was done solely as an observance of spiritual unity. Bro. Eraño G. Manalo knew that with great power came great responsibility and he practiced this when dealing with powerful government officials and especially when executing the power of the INC then. That is the first and foremost consideration- the good of the whole, not the quantity or quality of the bribe, nor what can be considered a favor that later can be used against someone to make them repay a "debt of gratitude". He also made sure, we did not owe anyone anything, especially in kind even those attempted to be made under the umbrella of a "donation". This was strictly discouraged even from members of the church and especially from any government officials.
Unfortunately, during the time of the current Executive Minister, Mr. Eduardo V. Manalo, everything changed. The church veered away from the pristine doctrines upheld by its predecessors and ventured into commercialism, politicism and the constant pursuit for superficial worldly recognition, manifested by their obsession for Guinness World Records on just about anything they can think of.
THE GLUTTONY OF THE EGO-CENTRIC SUCCESSOR
Mr. Eduardo V. Manalo ushered in an era of man-centered idealism, demanding absolute obedience from all of his ministers and members as objectified by the church slogans, “One with EVM”, “Make EVM Smile Project” and their current “Obey and Never Complain” mantra.
With just 8 years since his self-appointment as the Executive Minister of the church, Mr. Eduardo and his Council Ministers entered into an unprecedented Billion-peso bank loans for its Philippine Arena project, mortgaging and selling most of its prime properties while constantly flaunting [and suddenly denying] their extravagant and luxurious lifestyles, enormous mansions and exorbitant travels around the world onboard its multi-million Airbus.
THE CONNIVANCE: ENJOY THE SHOW
As another show of force by this megalomaniac church leader, the Church Administration once again flexed its political muscle by entering into marriage with the state politics. One would sadly be so naïve to even think that this move by President Duterte wasn’t premeditated. A political maneuver like this takes months to plan out especially since the INC has its own church department that handles political affairs specifically.
THE HAND OF THE POWER-HUNGRY: KA ERDZ CODERA
This Political Affairs Office is headed by INC Minister Eraño “Erdz” Codera, whose main job description is to use the INC's bloc-voting influence for political agendas, requests for promotions, demotions (for enemies), transfers and a lot of special "favors" in every conceivable nature from the executive department, legislative, judiciary, law enforcement, private sectors, lucrative government projects, you name it and "Ka Erdz" has his fingers dipped in it for sure.
The Iglesia Ni Cristo has been around for 103 years in the Philippines. It has established itself well within the Philippine government for decades. And with the leverage of bloc voting, the INC Church Administration's deeply entrenched influence grew exponentially. Thus, came the abuse of power during the EVM Administration.
But not so long time ago, the Church wasn't like this. Other than humanitarian activities and successes of the church, which were very rarely mentioned, there were no huge controversies and gossips involving luxurious and extravagant lifestyles, anomalies, corruption or scandals within the high ranking church officials. This was simply because the church was headed by a truly dynamic leader that possessed the spiritual maturity, divine guidance, and humility that the current Executive Minister lack. And before Ka Erdz Codera assumed the role as the head of Political Affairs Office, this responsibility was entrusted to the office of the Administrative Secretary of the Church, held by the late Bro. Lowell Casis Menorca.
THE DECLASSIFIED FILES
Bro. Lowell Casis Menorca held this position for more than two decades even before the title was established by the late Executive Minister, Bro. Eraño G. Manalo. During the administration of a benevolent leader, the Church discreetly maintained a harmonious and mutually beneficial relationship with the government and the private sector. The church was primarily concerned about its freedom to practice religion and the welfare of the Brethren and the Congregations. LCM as he was commonly referred to, was a low profile Minister who meticulously executed instructions from Ka Erdy and did not submit his reports to the Sanggunian or even to the Deputy Executive Minister, but directly to Ka Erdy (GEM) because of the highly sensitive nature of instructions that he had to carry out with utmost discretion, thereby ensuring that the church will not be put into any bad light. Monthly and Annual Reports are done thru hard copy entrusted to a select people who hand delivers them to Ka Erdy himself, and electronically via Lotus Notes (internal software platform used by the INC Central Office). Here's a glimpse of some of them (English Translation below):
"Instruction of the Executive Minister: IT IS BEST IN WRITTEN FORM AND SUBMIT THE REPORT TO TATAY. COULD ART MALLARI AND COMPANY BE INVOLVED? WHAT WOULD ART TOQUERO DO ABOUT IT?
Action Taken/ Explanation: I inquired about the question of Mr. Ramon Ang of San Miguel Beer if it is true that the Church will invest $300M in Delgado for Transco. Ramon Ang was informed that this is a new thing for the INC. He said the reason he asked was so that if it is true, they will back out from bidding because they don't want to compete with the church. This was supposedly told by Mike Velarde to Henry Sy Jr. and came from Art Tuquero.
Action Taken/ Explanation: WRITTEN TO BRO. EDUARDO V. MANALO. BRO. TUQUERO WAS ALSO CALLED AND HE DENIED ANY INVOLVEMENT SINCE HE IS NOT PART OF THE FINANCIAL GROUP BUT ONLY LEGAL OF ERA INC. WHAT CAUGHT MY ATTENTION IS THE INVOLVEMENT OF MIKE VELARDE.
A REPORT WAS MADE TO SIR REGARDING THE INSTRUCTION OF BRO. EVM."
Take note that anything and anyone who would implicate the INC in any business, commercial venture or investment was strictly investigated and reprimanded to ensure that the Church will never be involved in commercialism. Needless to say that none of the things that EVM and the current Sanggunian Ministers are doing now could have ever been allowed during the time of the church's uncorrupted era.
"GEM'S INSTRUCTIONS: INVESTIGATE THIS. WHY IS OUR NAME BEING USED IN SUCH INVESTMENTS? SPEAK TO TUQUERO AND TELL HIM THIS "MAYBE YOU SAID THIS, TO MAKE THE GROUP STRONG IN ENTERING IN SUCH INVESTMENT.” LET HIM MAKE A WRITTEN STATEMENT OF EXPLANATION.
INSTRUCTION WAS FOLLOWED.
Instruction: FIND OUT FROM ABALOS WHEN THE COMPLETE LINE UP FOR SENATORIAL ON BOTH THE ADMINISTRATION AND OPPOSITION WILL BE READY.
Action Taken/ Explanation:
CHAIRMAN ABALOS WAS IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED AND HE SAID FEB. 12, 2007 IS THE DEADLINE FOR FILING FOR SENATORIAL. FEB 13 OR 14 A COPY OF THE SENATORIAL CANDIDATES WILL BE SENT. REPORTED TO SIR.
Instruction: "THINK OF WHAT TO SAY. IF NOT PRESENT, A CELL PHONE MAY BE CONTACTED, IF SICK, INDISPOSE/UNDER TREATMENT NOT EVEN YOU MAY VISIT. WE MUST BE STRICT DUE TO SO MANY REQUESTS..."
The Church Administration has always been helping the government but not in any official capacity or label and certainly not for any recognition or publicity.
"Instruction: CALL JDV AND TELL HIM HIS LETTER WAS RECEIVED. HE SAID HE IS NOT FORGOTTEN. HE IS THE ONE WHO FORGETS.
Action Taken/ Explanation: On the letter of Speaker de Venecia asking for help in his candidacy.
IMMEDIATELY CONTACTED, SPOKE TO AND RELAYED TO THE ADMINISTRATION WHAT THE SPEAKER SAID."
"ON MARCOLETA. HOW CAN WE BE SURE THAT WE WILL NOT BE INVOLVED IN WHAT HE IS DOING.
Action Taken/ Explanation: INSTRUCTION FOLLOWED, BUT BRO. BIEN WAS THE ONE WHO TALKED TO HIM.
Instruction: TELL ARNEL TUMAMAN NOT TO COME TO THE OFFICE. CANDIDATES ARE LOOKING FOR HIM. HIS REPUTATION IS HUGELY STAINED BY POLITICS. YOU AND BIEN HELP EACH OTHER IN FACING THE CANDIDATES. HELP EDUARDO.
Action Taken/ Explanation: IMMEDIATELY TALKED TO BRO. ARNEL. HE SAID HE NO LONGER TALKS TO ANY CANDIDATE AND HE WAS ADVISED TO FOLLOW INSTRUCTION.
VEM Instruction: WE HAVE A PROBLEM. BISHOP BACANI WROTE TO TATAY. HE IS ASKING SUPPORT FOR HIS BROTHER RUDY BACANI (MAYOR MANILA) AND RUDY'S WIFE FOR CONGRESS. I AM LOOKING FOR ERNIE TO FIND OUT WHO ARE THE OTHER CANDIDATES.
Action Taken/ Explanation: WILL INCLUDE IN DELIBERATION. "
WORKING FOR THE GREATER GOOD OF THE COUNTRY
Almost all of the major events that we saw in the News were all finished products. Conceived in plans, refined with negotiations, and presented with precision, without even knowing or seeing the hand that molded these events in our history. We never realized exactly how influential the Iglesia Ni Cristo was even during the time of the previous Executive Ministers simply because it was handled delicately and power was never abused or used for personal gains or vested interests but for the greater good of the country and the brethren.
PROMOTING PEACE AND FORGIVENESS AMONG POLITICAL RIVALS
There were also times when the Church Administration would be asked to intervene in political clashes because of their respect and admiration for Ka Erdy. His advice, if he ever gave it, was definitely not for any political gain. He remained a powerful and strong shepherd to the flock first, serving God and the Church and no other.
These were just a few of many events during the time of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo and yet the media was not able to publicize any of these simply because the INC Church Administration was always discreetly working for the benefit of the people and the society without any need for fanfare or unnecessary attention.
[Note: After this publication, expect that the handful of EGM-trusted employees who had access to these files will now be persecuted and expelled. Also expect that the late Bro. Lowell Casis Menorca will be smeared and discredited so that the EVM Church will be able to deny and cover-up this exposé.]
HOW THINGS HAVE TRULY CHANGED
Unlike today, with Mr. Eduardo V. Manalo's highly questionable thirst for attention and self-glorification, the INC leaders just can't seem to keep themselves away from anything that would bring attention, unfortunately, more to negative publicity both here and abroad.
Yet this aspiring and promotion-hinting hopeful had the audacity to put EVM on a pedestal and proclaim him as a Human Rights Fighter.
So let me just remind this Labor Secretary Silvestre Belo III and others like him how inhumane this so-called human rights fighter EVM really is, to people he dislikes, even if they are his own flesh and blood. How much more would you think he will care for other people when he can easily forsake and inflict harm and pain even towards his own family?
THE VOICE OF TRUTH
Yet, I do know somebody who is a legitimate human rights advocate and a critical force against corruption and this is what he has to say about the matter:
So how does one Special Envoy prove that he is a truly qualified compassionate advocate of human rights? 3 days after publicly accepting his appointment, this is what he has to show for it, and just see how his followers exude the same smug and vindictive nature of their leader.
So what do you think this Executive Minister/Special Envoy will do if the OFW in need of help is an expelled member or ministers of the church, a rival religion member or an open critic of his administration? In EVM's world, that's when diplomacy and humility go out the window. He has already shown his true colors ever since the beginning ... and that is the color of HYPOCRISY.
Take some good advice from clear thinking people when you have the chance Mr. EVM, here's one of them, free of charge:
But then ofcourse, those who arrogantly smothered EDSA and the frontage of the Department of Justice Building shouting SEPARATION OF CHURCH AND STATE did not really know its true meaning, nor were they aware what the posters they were ordered to hold really meant. For clearly, the Department of Justice was only fulfilling its mandate to investigate a case involving the INC Church Administration and its alleged violation of civil rights and human rights when their former ministers and workers charged them of illegal detention. The church was not being suppressed, nor were their members being prohibited from exercising their constitutional rights to exercise their faith or religion. To throw a tantrum might just be the course of action they will once again take if unable to get the candy that they want.
But now that a clear violation has been committed, everybody has been coming up with so many justifications for its legality and validity. But to every common-sensed-person, a religious officer, much more an Executive Minister, being given a government sanction, recognition, function, title, position, obligation, whatever-you-want-to-call-it is still an official capacity. Whether he will have a salary, an office, a budget, it does not matter, simply because if this will become a precedence, then what would stop a Minister, a Deacon, or an ordinary member from joining politics as a congressman, senator, or other political position on the basis that he too, will not have a salary, a budget or other things that can be used as a justification. EVM-level-of-reasoning at its worst.
So now, every single one of those who INC fanatics who shouted Separation of Church and State are now slow-clapping EVM while eating their own words and now reconditioning their minds to think that this is right and the rest of the world is...WRONG. Well, all I can say is GOODLUCK to you Mr. EVM or should I say, Mr. Envoy, ooopppsss sorry. Mr. Special Envoy.
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