Malacañang offers condolences on the passing of Bro. Eli Soriano

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021   •   1100

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Friday expressed its condolences to the family, loved ones, friends, and followers of Bro. Eliseo “Eli” Soriano who passed away at the age of 73.

“Bro. Eli was a beloved preacher of Ang Dating Daan whose teachings touched the lives and served as guide to many,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

Brother Eli, a multi-awarded international evangelist, was the host of the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, “Ang Dating Daan” (The Old Path).

His death was confirmed in a statement issued by Members, Church of God International (MCGI) on Thursday.

“His dedication to propagate the words of God in the Bible was a clear testament of his steadfast love to serve his brethren and the Almighty,” Roque said.

“Our prayers go to Bro Eli as he may rest in eternal peace and happiness,” he added.

Brother Eli started his flagship program “Ang Dating Daan” in 1980. After years of challenges to find a permanent home, ADD and Bro. Eli’s other programs “Truth in Focus” and “Itanong mo kay Soriano” finally settled with UNTV on 2004.

He was forced to leave the Philippines in 2005 due to religious persecution. He settled in Brazil where he continued his global evangelization efforts.

He was known for his straightforward and courageous method of exposing errors in doctrines of various religious groups locally and abroad through his signature segment “Itanong Mo kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” – a non-scripted Bible Exposition being broadcasted live on TV and the internet where guests can ask impromptu questions which Bro. Eli answers with verses from the Scriptures.

The Bro. Eli Soriano legacy

Maris Federez   •   February 15, 2021

Multi-awarded televangelist and humanitarian, Brother Eli Soriano

Eliseo Fernando Soriano, more popularly known as Brother Eli, was a Filipino televangelist and the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International (MCGI).

The world knew him as fearless, intelligent, and frank – exceptional traits that enticed people from all walks of life to listen and watch his preaching of the Word of God, which he began almost six decades ago.

UNTV has been very fortunate to be the home network of Ang Dating Daan or The Old Path, the longest-running religious program in the Philippines which was hosted by Bro Eli.

The world-renowned preacher became popular through his Bible expositions in “Itanong mo kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot”, wherein he uncovered different false teachings of various pastors and religions.

It was in these expositions that people worldwide recognized and admired his manner of answering thrown-in questions about the Bible live and on the spot, leaving nothing unanswered.  No other religious groups have attempted to replicate his style of teaching the word of God.

The world had been a witness on how Bro. Eli had a big heart for helping the needy just as he had kept the passion of preaching the word of God burning in his heart.

While the world stood still because of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, Bro Eli continued to reach out to people and propagate the good news of God through television and web-streaming – winning thousands of souls and leading them to the promised salvation of God.

And while feeding the minds and souls of people, Bro Eli also endeavored to fill the stomach and nourish the body of those who had been adversely affected by the pandemic. Through his directive, volunteers from the MCGI all over the world donated food and other necessities to get people by during this challenging time.

UNTV has been the primary partner of the MCGI in rendering public service to Filipinos and non-Filipinos alike.

Bro Eli, along with UNTV President and CEO Daniel Razon, was behind all the station’s charity works such as home care facilities for the orphans, homeless, widows; feeding programs; free education; medical and legal mission; and other public service programs.

While Bro Eli may no longer be with us physically, all of his advocacies and legacy will continue — a true brother to all, a loving grandfather, a caring parent to orphans and a lowly servant to all his followers.

Thanks be to God for your life, Bro Eli Soriano — a truly Filipino pride.

Tributes pour in for Brother Eli Soriano’s works, services

Robie de Guzman   •   February 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – As the news spread on Friday of the death of Brother Eliseo “Eli” Soriano of “Ang Dating Daan” (The Old Path), countless messages of condolences poured in for the international televangelist.

The host of the longest-running religious program in the Philippines, “Ang Dating Daan,” died on Thursday at the age of 73 and people from all walks of life paid tribute to remember his evangelical works and services to the public.

Malacañang, thru a statement from Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, extended condolences to the family, loved ones, friends, and followers of Brother Eli whose teachings “touched the lives and served as guide to many.”

“His dedication to propagate the words of God in the Bible was a clear testament of his steadfast love to serve his brethren and the Almighty. Our prayers go to Bro Eli as he may rest in eternal peace and happiness,” Roque said.

The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) also expressed sympathies for the passing of the beloved preacher and paid tribute to Brother Eli’s dedication towards faith and public service over the years.

“As the Overall Servant of the Members Church of God International, Bro. Eli led his followers to spirituality and morality through the teachings that he has imparted over the years and the commitment and dedication he has shown towards his faith and service,” PCOO Secretary Martin Andanar said in a statement.

“May his legacy and teachings continue to live within the hearts and minds of his followers. We pray for his eternal repose and for his family, loved ones, and followers to find strength in this time of grief,” he added.

Senator Cynthia Villar also condoled with the family of Brother Eli and the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI).

“My family and I send our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and followers of Bro. Eli Soriano including the people of Ang Dating Daan and UNTV News and Rescue,” she said.

“Maraming salamat sa pagpaparating ng Salita ng Diyos sa ating mga kababayan. You have truly made a difference in many people’s lives by strengthening their faith in God. Rest in peace,” she added.

My family and I send our sincerest condolences to the family, friends and followers of Bro. Eli Soriano including the…

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Senator Imee Marcos also extended her condolences: “Ikinalulungkot ko ang pagkawala ni Brother Eli na hindi matatawaran ang dedikasyon sa pagpapalaganap ng pananampalataya sa sangkatauhan.”

“Dasal ko ang paghilom ng kalungkutang dulot ng kanyang pagpanaw sa kanyang mga kaanak at kapatiran. Pagpalawin nawa kayo sa pagpapatuloy ng misyon na iniwanan sa inyo ni Brother Eli,” she added.

Taos pusong pakikiramay sa pamilya ni Bro Eli Soriano, sa mga miyembro ng Ang Dating Daan, at sa buong UNTV family sa pangunguna ni Kuya Daniel Razon.

Posted by Senator Imee R. Marcos on Thursday, February 11, 2021

Commission on Elections spokesperson James Jimenez have expressed sadness over the passing of the televangelist and condoled with Brother Eli’s supporters “who looked to him for spiritual strength and guidance.”

“Few are the people who come into this world blessed with the ability to inflame men’s hearts with a passion for God – and Brother Eli was one of them,” he said.

For Marikina City Mayor Marcelino Teodoro, the preacher’s demise “truly leaves a mark in the hearts of our kababayans in Marikina.”

“While a man may pass this world, but his memory lingers, especially icons whose life has touched and mattered to countless souls,” he said.

“To our dear Bro. Daniel  Razon and Family, we share in your sadness during this time of mourning. Our prayers  and thoughts are with the family,” he added.

“We are one with you  in remembering and celebrating the remarkable life of Brother Eli, his teachings, his works, his memories. To Brother Eli, thank you for your life and your service to the world,” he further stated.

Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, meanwhile, remembered Brother Eli’s “generosity to the people of Manila in times of crisis,” as he urged the public to emulate his good deeds in reaching out for those in need.

“I offer my deepest condolences to the family of Brother Eliseo “Eli” Soriano. As a spiritual leader, Brother Eli touched the lives of so many people. We will forever remember his generosity to the people of Manila in times of crisis,” he said.

“We shall continue to honor the memory of Brother Eli by holding on to our faith and reaching out to those in need just as he did. Let us pray for his eternal rest,” he added.

The National Press Club of the Philippines paid tribute to the contributions of Bro. Eli Soriano for the good and welfare of the members of the press.

In a said resolution, the NPCP said “the Club forever owes a debt of gratitude to Bro. Eli for his congregation’s silent but steadfast support to its many programs over the years.”

Among these projects was the NPCP’s scholarship program which Bro. Eli, together with the Members of the Church of God International (MCGI), helped sustain for more than a decade now and provided an avenue for members and their children to finish their college education.

Likewise, the NPCP cited Bro. Eli’s selfless dedication through MCGI and UNTV which enabled it to succeed in its regular monthly medical missions that helped thousands of families including the members of the press.

The NPCP also recognizes the MCGI and UNTV’s unrelenting support for the Club’s quest for justice to the victims of the 2009 Ampatuan Massacre.

Netizens from different parts of the world likewise expressed their grief for the passing of the beloved evangelist, as well as gratitude for his efforts in spreading the word of God and guiding people to faith.

Brother Eli started his flagship program “Ang Dating Daan” in 1980. After years of challenges to find a permanent home, ADD and Bro. Eli’s other programs “Truth in Focus” and “Itanong mo kay Soriano” finally settled with UNTV on 2004.

He was forced to leave the Philippines in 2005 due to religious persecution. He settled in Brazil where he continued his global evangelization efforts.

He was known for his straightforward and courageous method of exposing errors in doctrines of various religious groups locally and abroad through his signature segment “Itanong Mo kay Soriano, Biblia ang Sasagot” – a non-scripted Bible Exposition being broadcasted live on TV and the internet where guests can ask impromptu questions which Bro. Eli answers with verses from the Scriptures.

Roque ‘100% sure’ Duterte wants Magalong to stay as contact tracing czar

Robie de Guzman   •   February 2, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque on Tuesday said he is “100 percent sure” that President Rodrigo Duterte wants Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong to stay as the country’s contract tracing czar.

This is despite Magalong’s move to tender his resignation from the post after he was recently criticized over his attendance at a party organized by media personality Tim Yap which allegedly violated health protocols.

In an online press briefing, Roque said Duterte only has “words of praises” for Magalong in his competence to lead the government’s contact tracing efforts against COVID-19.

“I have heard with my own two ears, nothing but words of praises for mayor magalong from the president, so I am 100 percent sure that president would want to stay on as tracing czar,” Roque said.

Roque last week announced that the National Task Force against COVID-19 has rejected the resignation of Magalong.

Magalong, in a media interview earlier, said his resignation was irrevocable but he might stay as a contact tracing czar if Duterte asks him to do so.

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