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Bro. Eli Soriano, Muling Nanalo Laban sa Kasong Libelo

by admin   |   Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

FILE PHOTO: Bro. Eli Soriano of Ang Dating Daan Program and an overlay of a court decision dismissing a case filed against the latter. Recently, Bro. Eli gained the favor of justice on 2 cases filed by some members of Iglesia Ni Cristo.  

Manila, Philippines (5/2/2014) – Muling nanalo ang host ng Ang Dating Daan na si Bro. Eli Soriano laban sa dalawang kasong isinampa ng ilang miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Naabsuwelto si Soriano sa unang kasong attempted murder na isinampa sa kanya kaugnay sa insidente noong ika-4 ng Setyembre taong 2001. Kasong libelo naman ang isinampa ni Dr. Nancy Pascua sa San Mateo, Rizal na kamakailan lamang ay napatunayang walang sala ang kilalang religious host.

Si Soriano, na mas kilala bilang Bro. Eli sa kanyang mga masugid na tagasubaybay at ng mga miyembro na kanyang inaakay sa Members Church of God International o MCGI [www.mcgi.org], ay kasalukuyang nangangaral sa iba’t-ibang panig ng mundo kung saan ang samahan ay binubuo ng iba’t-ibang mga lahi.

Judge dismisses case of attempted murder, Feb 11, 2010. No evidence of alleged conspiracy.

Sa walong pahinang desisiyon na nilagdaan ni Judge Josephine Zarate Fernandez ng Regional Trial Court, Fourth Judicial Region, Branch 76 sa San Mateo Rizal  napawalang-sala ang TV broadcaster na si Eliseo F. Soriano sa kasong libelo sa dahilang hindi nakitaan ng malisya ang kanyang naging pahayag laban sa nagsampa ng kaso. Ang dokumento ay nalagdaan noong ika-14 ng Enero taong 2014.

Ayon sa batas, ang pagkakaroon ng malisya ay isa sa apat na elemento na kinakailangang mapatunayan upang madiin ang nasasakdal sakaso. Ang tatlong elementong kinakailangang mapatunayan ay ang alegasyon ngpaninira laban sa iba, publikasyon ng kaso, pagkakakilanlan sa taong siniraan. Ang pang-apat ay pagkakaroon ng malisya sa pahayag na hindi naman napatunayan ng kaso.

Naisampa ang kasong libelo bilang Criminal Case No.5957 na may karampatang parusa sa Artikulo 355 ng Revised Penal Code. Ayon sa isinampang reklamo noong ika-pito ng Setyembre taong 2001 ay nagbitiw ng pahayag ang Ang Dating Daan lider ng “Sabi nila sa akin, baka quack doctor yon, kaya galit sa akin,” na hindi nagustuhan ng pinatutungkulan na si Dra. Nancy Nakpil Pascua na sya ring nagsampa ng kaso. Ang naturang insidente ay nangyari sa program ni Bro. Eli sa TV noong ito ay nasa SBN21 pa.

Judge finds no element of malice. Accused acquitted, Jan 14, 2014.

Napag-alaman na noong ika-4 ng Setyembre 2001, tatlong araw bago sabihin ni Soriano ang paninira diumano ay namataan si Pascua na kasama ng ilang miyembro ng Iglesia ni Cristo sa bahay ni Dr. Alberto Jimenez at ng asawa nito na kapwang miyembro ng organisasyong pinamumunuan ng akusado. Ang isa sa mga nakilalang kasama ni Pascua ay si Bernardo Santiago, ang dating kaanib sa samahan na itiniwalag ni Soriano dahil sa salang pangangalunya at lumipat sa Iglesia ni Cristo.

Natapos ang pagdinig sa kaso at hindi napatunayan ang ibinibintang na libelo laban kay Bro. Eli. Hindi nakitaan ng korte ng malisya ang mga pahayag ni Soriano patungkol kay Pascua.

Kamakailan lamang ay naabsuwelto din ang Ang Dating Daan host at ang ilang mga kasamahan sa programa sa kasong libelo na isinampa naman ni Ramil T. Parba bilang kinatawan ng grupong Iglesia ni Cristo. Kasama din sina Marianito Cayao at Bernardo Santiago ni Parba sa pagsasampa ng kaso. Ang kasong libelo na Criminal Case No. Q-05-136679 ay kaugnay sa ini-ereng programa ng Ang Dating Daan noong ika-21 ng Enero taong2005 kung saan nagbigay ng komento si Bro. Eli at mga kasamahan sa programa na“katayan” o “killing fields” ang kapilya ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Inari ng korte na walang sala si Bro. Eli at ang kanyang mga kasamahan dahil kanila lamang tinalakay ang dating kaso na People Vs. Abella [http://sc.judiciary.gov.ph/jurisprudence/2000/aug2000/127803.htm] na isang impormasyong pampubliko.

Judge rules that INC is a public figure. Comments on the Abella case is a matter of public interest. All accused absolved, February 11, 2014.

Napagalaman na sa tatlong kaso na isinampa kay Bro.Eli ay laging kasama si Bernardo Santiago bilang isa sa mga naghain ng reklamo. Matatandaang si Cayao at si Santiago ay kapwa tiwalag sa samahang Ang Dating Daan. (Robert Clarita Jr.)

 

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A ‘peculiar feast’: MCGI invites homeless, PWDs to a sumptuous meal in a global celebration

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Monday, February 25th, 2019

Fiesta ng Dios

We are exceedingly thankful to God for the opportunity to share the love that He has taught us during our #FeastDedicatedToGod (Fiesta ng Dios).Watch our event’s highlights and remember moments we’ve created together with our fellowmen. Thanks be to God and to God be the glory!

Posted by Members Church of God International on Sunday, 24 February 2019
The highlights of MCGI’s ‘Fiesta ng Dios,’ a celebration dedicated to God.

PAMPANGA, Philippines – Festivals or ‘fiestas’ are common in the Philippines tracing back its origin to the country’s Spanish colonial roots. They came to be for a variety of reasons – cultural but mostly religious celebrations named after Catholic saints.

During these occasions, Filipinos prepare sumptuous meals and often invite local dignitaries and government officials to join their feast. Friends and families hop from one house to another to wish the host goodwill for the rest of the year.

But for the first time, Members Church of God International (MCGI) organized a peculiar feast dedicated to God Almighty, the true feast that was practiced by the early Christians in the Holy Scriptures.

MCGI opened all doors of its chapters across the globe to welcome their special guests – the homeless, the poor, the beggars, the persons with disability (PWD) and street children – to a sumptuous meal, gift-giving, games and entertainment.

Such a gesture was in line with the group’s basic doctrine and advocacy written in the book of Luke, chapter 14, verse 13:

“But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. You will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”

The group’s overall servant, Bro. Eliseo Soriano, explained the essence of hosting such a one-of-a-kind feast that was far different from the usual ‘fiesta’ the Filipinos and other nations were accustomed of doing.

“Sa Biblia po may itinuturo na Fiesta Ng Dios pagdiriwang,pagpapasalamat Sa Dios pagkilala ng utang na loob Sa Dios. Ang talaga pong intensyon ng Fiesta Ng Dios ay para yung mga taong kumikilala Sa Kanya ay magdiwang dahil sa Kanya,” Bro. Eli explained.

“Hindi po tayo nag-imbita ng mga presidente, senador bagaman may mga pumupunta sa atin lalo na ngayong eleksyon. Pero ang inaanyayahan natin iyong sinabi ng ating Panginoong Hesus – iyong mga dukha, mahihirap na kagaya rin namin, mga taong may kapansanan…Alam namin kasi ang mga dukha kagaya rin namin hindi naman araw- araw nakakain ng masarap,” he added.

Aside from the sumptuous lunch, MCGI also opened a free store where underprivileged visitors could get anything they need free of charge.

“Primarily iyong ating mga gusto na sa araw na ito ay mabigyan ng pagkakataon na magawan ng kabutihan. Mayroon tayong free store na nandiyan at may libre po tayo na iba’t ibang services at mga pagkain para sa lahat po iyan,” said MCGI’s second overall servant Bro. Daniel Razon.

A group of indigent Badjaos was also invited to join the festival. They were welcomed by members of ‘Ang Dating Daan’ to a sumptuous meal, gift-giving, games and entertainment.

Members from different parts of the globe – from Africa, Papua New Guinea, Asia to Europe and Brazil in the Americas organized their respective activities in line with the festivity.

Guests couldn’t contain their joy at MCGI’s efforts to make them feel special and give them a little comfort from their every day struggles.

“Malaking pasasalamat po namin na nagkaroon ng wheelchair ang aking anak dahil iyan talaga ang pina-pangarap namin na magkaroon siya ng wheelchair. Ngayon lang siya nagkaroon ng wheelchair,” said Bendito Espiya, mother of wheelchair recipient.

“Masarap sa pakiramdam basta andyan si Lord. OK. Mensahe ko ay sana magtagal pa ang Ang Dating Daan,” said blind recipient Clarissa Caparas.

Seventy-six (76) year-old Mang Rod is a homeless who stays at a place in the affluent neighborhood of Philam Subdivision in Quezon City.

Mang Rod, a 76-year-old newspaper vendor in Quezon City, was one of the invited guests of MCGI’s Fiesta ng Dios.

He earns a living by selling newspaper in the morning and collecting garbage he could sell at night.

He was invited to a nearby MCGI coordinating center where he was able to join the merry-making and eat a whole day’s meal.

He even had take-home freebies and food packs enough for the next day’s meal.

“Maraming [ibinigay], mga damit, pagkain. Mababait ang nagbibigay. Tinutulungan ang mahirap. Kaya wala kang masabi kundi mabait. Nagpapasalamat ako. Ngayon lang ako nakarating dito,” he said thankfully.

Before the festivities ended, Bro.Eli said the occasion will become a regular event for MCGI.

“Iyan po ay para sa lahat. Wala pong koleksyon, walang bayad, wala po tayong kukuning abuloy kahit kanino. Iyan po ay kagandahang-loob ng Dios sa atin na nag- utos sa mga lingkod Niya na magpakain, maghanda. Hindi po masama o labag sa kalooban ng Dios na maghanda tayo para makapagpakain ng kapuwa,” Bro. Eli said.

“Tayo po ay dapat magmahalan, magbigayan, magtulungan at magmalasakitan. Isang uri ng pagmamalasakit na natutunan namin sa DIOS na nakasulat sa Biblia. Lingapin ang mga dukha, ang mga kapus- palad,” he concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Leslie Huidem)

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Bible notes parents are still liable for children age 20 y/o and below – Int’l Televangelist

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Holy Scriptures state that it is an injustice to hold a child criminally liable at a tender age of 9 years old, according to international televangelist Bro. Eliseo Soriano.

Brother Eli said, the God of the Bible allows a person to make his or her own decision in life only when he or she reaches the age of puberty.

“(In) First Corinthians chapter 7 verse 36, ang pag-aasawa (getting married) is one of the major decisions na maaaring gawin ng tao (that a person can make). Ibinigay ng Dios iyon sa katamtamang gulang, (God allows it at a proper age)” Brother Eli, the overall servant of the Members, Church of God Intenational (MCGI) explained.

“Kung titingnan natin sa Ingles (If we read it in English): “If she passed the flower of her age”. Kapag lampas ng (when he or she reaches the) age of puberty ang ‘flower of her age’. Ini-a-allow na ng Dios na magdesisyon ang isang tao, pinapayagan na ang magulang na ang kaniyang anak magdesisyon sa kaniyang sarili, (God allows a person to decide, a parent lets the child make his or her own decisions),” he added.

Brother Eli noted that even science supports the belief that a person develops his or her skills in decision making only at the age of 20 years old.

“There’s now incontrovertible evidence that the brain continues to develop throughout the adolescence. Some regions of the brain including parts responsible for decision-making and impulse control are not fully mature “until at least the age of 20”, Professor Nicholas Mackintosh once said, an experimental psychologist and Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge.

FILE PHOTO: Bro. Eli Soriano of Members Church of God International

Brother Eli noted that in the Bible, when a child commits a crime, it is most likely because of external factors such as the surrounding circumstances, environment, culture or religion.

Therefore, it is not right to hold a nine-year-old child criminally liable for his actions.

“Kung magbabatay tayo sa may ari ng ating being, iyong nakakaalam ng ating mga kaisipan, mga emosyon natin – para sa Dios – ang bata (If we ask the Owner of our being, the One who reads our mind, our emotions – for God) 20 years old below cannot be held fully liable. I’m saying he or she cannot be held fully liable of his or her sins. Inabswelto nga ng Dios, (God absolved him)” Brother Eli explained.

“Alam kasi ng Dios ang kanilang circumstances, (God knows their circumstances) because of the way their parents are bringing them up. Maaaring may pagkukulang sa parte ng kanilang mga magulang. (There might be shortcomings on the part of the parents). Kaya hindi iniatang sa bata, (that’s why a crime is not blamed on a child) 20 years and below. Binigyan ang bata sa Kaniyang salita ng karapatang mag-decide sa kaniyang sarili (A child is given the freewill to decide only) if he or she passed the flower of her age, according to the bible,” he added.

Instead, the parents of the child who committed a crime are the ones who should be punished because it is their responsibility to guide and mold their children to develop into better persons.

“Para atangan natin ang siyam na taong bata, tawagin nang kriminal anong malay natin na iyon ay (For us to punish a nine-year-old child criminally, call him a criminal, we don’t know it might be) insinuated by the culture, by the environment, by some other people. Hindi ang bata ang dapat managot duon. Dapat ang papanagutin siguro, iyong mga kasama ng bata, mga magulang na di nagtuturo sa kanilang mga anak, walang disiplina, (It’s not the child who must be held liable for that. The persons who should be held criminally liable are the ones who surrounds him – the parents who do not discipline or teach their children,)” the International televangelist noted.

“Kasi ang anak, ang bata nasa total discipline ng magulang. (A child is under the total discipline of the parents) Chapter 22 verse 6 of the book of Proverbs (it says): “Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it. Turuan mo ang bata sa daan na dapat niyang lakaran.” Kaya ang bata, nasa pangangalaga ng magulang, (Train up a child in the way he should go. A child should be under the care of the parents).” Brother Eli concluded. – Marje Pelayo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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MCGI, UNTV give gifts to 500 students in Bulacan

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, December 20th, 2018

 

Students line up for their gifts

Many students in the country keep on persevering despite their poverty.

To pursue their studies, they get contented with their old school supplies and uniforms.

Some of them are in Calumpang Elementary School in the town of Calumpit, Bulacan.

As part of Ang Dating Daan’s 38th year celebration, MCGI’s Bro. Eliseo Soriano and Kuya Daniel Razon granted presents to 500 students.

Parents of Kuya Daniel Razon, Bro. Dan and Sis. Beth Razon personally handed out gifts to the students.

These include school supplies such as bags, notebooks and pens, and even toys.

 

Gifts presented by Members Church of God International and UNTV

“Di po namin ito makakalimutan at masaya po kami, dahil po may bagong bag. Salamat po sa inyo. Sana po marami pa kayong matulungan,” said Sherwin Ulan, a recipient.

“Ito po ang estudyante ko na si Rica Blaza, na talagang kapos sa buhay. Alam ko na siya’y masaya dahil napagkalooban na siya ng bag. Salamat dahil meron na siyang bagong bag. Dati niyang ginagamit medyo luma,” said Vengie Mangalonza, a teacher.

“Masaya po. nagpapasalamat po kami sa UNTV saka sa Ang Dating Daan, dahil nabigyan ng regalo yung anak naming. ‘Di po naming alam na darating po kayo: turuan yjng mga bata ng tama, pag-aralan ang mabuti kung ano yung mali,” said Jomel Mangalonzo, a parent.

Apart from the gifts, Bro Dan and Sis Beth left an important message for the teachers, parents, and students of the school.

“Kung meron kang ibibigay, mapalad ang nagbibigay kaysa tumatanggap. Sana matimo sa puso nila yung ating ginagawa para tayo maging huwaran nila sa lahat ng gawang Mabuti. Kapulutan ito ng magandang halimbawa tayo. Para kung sakaling pagtanda ng mga bata, paglaki… makagawa rin sila ng mabuti sa kapuwa,” said Dan Razon.

“Sa pamamagitan namin, ng mga magulang, maituwid nila ang mga lakad ng mga bata. Kung may nakikita silang ginagawang hindi tama sawayin nila kasi isang paraang yun para pagpapatuwid, sa ikabubuti ng mga anak nila, sa kanilang paglaki,” said Beth Razon.

Bro. Eli Soriano has previously granted the school’s request of a new school canteen.

 

Calumpang Elementary School’s canteen donated by MCGI and UNTV

“Unang request na grant naman ay ang canteen kung saan ngayon ay nagagamit na naming. Ikalawa nga, ito gift-giving para sa mga mag-aaral ng Calumpang Elementary School. Sapagkat ang alam natin ang kaligayahan lagi naming inuuna ang kapakanan at kaligayahan ng mga bata at alam naming si Kuya Daniel mapagbigay kaya inilapit namin na mabigyan sila ng regalo, at nareceive na nilang lahat,” said Nina Sumalabe, the school principal. — Nestor Torres | UNTV News & Rescue

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