I am not into politics but the events in America in the last few months have made me more interested in watching the news regarding the president of the United States, Donald J Trump. Millions of Americans are angry about President Trump’s plans to build a wall; how he reacts to criticism, attacking those he feels are against him. And how he wields his power to ban the media when he feels like it. That’s NOTHING.
The current Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, Eduardo V. Manalo (or EVM) is much more vicious and brutal; He excommunicates those who dare speak up;
Mr. Trump wants to build a 30 foot wall between the U.S. and Mexico? EVM already built one a taller one between him and his mother and siblings long before they were even expelled.
Don’t even let me get started on the “Alternative Facts” coined by Trump’s adviser Kelly Anne Conway. You want to talk about “Alternative Facts”? There are the loans, the Airbus, Scenic SD, Maligaya, World Wide Walk, the Arena… the list just goes on and on.
President Trump recently banned several news media like the New York Times, the LA times and CNN because they write unfavorable things about him and criticised him. EVM is worse; not only does he call for boycott on TV stations if there’s anything critical to be said, he can even get the police to control the media who has access to the news.
Speak up against EVM? He recently he even got Joy Yuson in prison. The charges? Libel. I didn’t even know you could be arrested for libel. Even international organisations are opposed to such actions:
“International bodies such as the UN and the OSCE have recognised the threat posed by criminal defamation laws and have recommended that they should be abolished. For example, the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly has called for the abolition of all laws that provide criminal penalties for the defamation of public figures or which penalise defamation of the state or state organs. The UN, OSCE and OAS Special Mandates have gone even further, stating: “Criminal defamation is not a justifiable restriction on freedom of expression; all criminal defamation laws should be abolished and replaced, where necessary, with appropriate civil defamation laws.” https://www.article19.org/pages/en/criminal-defamation.html
And in the last few hours of writing this, EVM’s own siblings and their family members, including the women and children were arrested by the police. The charge? Indiscriminate firing. As in… random shooting into the air or what? All of them?? So did the women and children have guns blazing and firing in all directions?!? Did it scare poor little (ok, not so little) EVM in his mansion? Imagine how many should be arrested on New Year’s Eve. You want to talk about justice? They are not even allowed to see their lawyer.
And who were the news outlets able to cover these? Certainly NOT ABS-CBN nor Rappler. They are brave enough to speak up about EVM and his antics.. That’s why they are banned.
If you don’t understand, the underlined part says “the media are not allowed to enter except those with the blessing of the Church of Christ”.
You know what all these are called? Abuse of power.
I don’t really have much to day about these events. They speak for themselves. This is the kind of Administration that is running the Church right now. If you think Mr. Trump is not a good leader, you be the judge. As for the Administrator of the Church of Christ? May God judge him and his cohorts.
Our hearts bleed for this family. Pray hard brothers and sisters. Pray not only for the Manalo siblings’ safety, but for our souls. Keep your eyes open. The wolves are sitting on the throne.
“But your eyes and your heart are set only on dishonest gain,
on shedding innocent blood and on oppression and extortion.”