The Wild, Wild East

You know that expression, the Wild West? It refers to the early American history when lawlessness abounded – outlaws killing innocent people and land was stolen from their owners. That is what springs to my mind when I read about what is happening in the Far East. Yes, part of it is the Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s decree to go after the drug dealers. But I am also referring to the immense power that the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s leadership wields and uses to get what they want.

Since 2015 when all this corruption broke loose and the church members heard all these “allegations”, the Church council flexed its muscle. We have been witnessing it for months but as it continues, it seems like others are even “okay” with it. That, to me, is even scarier. When all these things broke out, what have happened? There were the so-called “rallies” to pressure the Philippine government to look away at the corruption – to the point of having Philippines’ Secretary of the Department of Justice, Leila deLima to STOP investigating the Church – my, what power we hold;

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The news media outlets have been bullied into silence, especially ABS-CBN; notice after the so-called “unofficial boycott” there are no more explosive news about the INC?

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There was the instant freedom of the Korean contractor Ja Hoon Ku who was to be extradited to South Korea, and yet, the Auditor simply pulled him out of prison and INTO AN AN UNKNOWN LOCATION??!! Who holds that kind of power?!

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There were legal actions against anyone who spoke up, Isaias Samson Jr., Lowell Menorca and a host of others and “supposedly” winning. But do you notice that all these legal “victories” only happen in the Philippines? Because of the power it wields over the legal system – both judicial and law-enforcement levels. Why is it that in the United States, the church does not win? Because they do not have the same “influence” with the American Government and law enforcement.

I bring this up now because in the last few weeks we have heard about the arrest of Rovic Canono and more recently, the Red Cross’ inability to help the residents of 36 Tandang Sora. One of the Red Cross members – who just happens to be INC – admitted that there are a great number of INC members within the Red Cross organisation.  So I ask, are they “unable” to help? Or “unwilling” to help because of the INC influence within the Red Cross organisation?

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Just look at the picture below and ask yourself why the Philippine Red Cross still says the residents of 36 Tandang Sora does not need help.

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If you have lived in the Philippines as a member of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, then I am sure you are fully aware of the power and influence that it wields over the government, judges, police, customs, military, media and pretty much anything else it wants. With that much power in the hands of certain individuals, then it pretty much is lawlessness. Remember the old adage? “Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” That is what we are witnessing before our very eyes. So if there are church members, or for that matter, non-members who see all this, and are ok with it, then do you not also become part of this corruption?

That is what angered God before: I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?” Jeremiah 2:21

Why? Do you think corruption is only if YOU are the one who puts money in your own pocket? Is it not also corruption when you take part in the lawlessness? If you are fine with the growing corruption within the Church, are you not also now corrupt? The former Executive Minister, Brother Eraño spoke up about it. He did not hesitate to say there was corruption within the Ministry. Why is it that now,” NONE EXISTS?”

Let’s just take one final specific example today: Church Finance officers. You know the rules and regulations when it comes to the Church offerings. The Church was incredibly meticulous in the funds of the Church. How meticulous? Not one penny was unaccounted for. We were even so proud of that. When the offerings were off by one penny and the finance department would get a “call-up” from the Central office – which cost more to do – considering the manpower, the electricity, paper, ink and fax just to look for that one single cent. But that is how the Administration looked after our offerings. But ask yourselves now, Finance officers – if you see and willingly take part in the breaking of the regulations, aren’t you now part of the corruption? You know the rules. So now when the large bills are not deposited and are just placed inside blank envelopes and vanish into thin air, without any documentation of where it went – is this not also corruption? Was there a single instance during the term of Brother Eraño that this was done? Never. So what is being done now, in legal terms that is aiding and abetting. Are you going along with this lawlessness?

Are you now also part of the growing corruption in the wild, wild East?

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