A very angry Bro. Eli Soriano finally announced what we in the Church of God International (a.k.a Ang Dating Daan or ADD) have long been waitingto hear. We will all definitely march to Malacanang! This is to peaceably address ourgrievances regarding the persecutions our religious group have been receiving from the Gloria Arroyo government.
The only thing that would make bro Eli backtrack from this statement is IF Gloria listens and order her lieutenants in the judiciary to excercise fairness in hearing the cases filed by Manalo's Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) against him.
As Atty. Batas Mauricio explains
, no one can fault brother Eli for resorting to mass protest in the streets now that the government have unfailingly favored the INC in every court casescontested between INC and ADD. Bro Eli do not seek for any special favor from the court.
All he asks for is equal protection of the law. He is ready to fight every court cases hurled against him by his religious detractors in vendetta for his bold biblical expositions.In the case of the INC, bro Eli has publicly challenged Erano Manalo, or any of his official representative, to a public debate telecast live on TV for the whole world to see. Instead of giving a definitive yes or no answer to this challenge, however,the INC leadership resorted to filing every legal case their legal luminaries could come up with.
Bro Eli can take all manner of personal insults by his enemies but its something else when they try to deny him his avowed duty to speak the biblical truth he knows to anyone willing to listen.In this day and age the question of RELIGIOUS FREEDOM is supposedly non-debateable. It has been established long ago that anyone can freely hold his or her religious beliefs so long as he will not force it on anyone else.This truth, apparently, is lost on Gloria especially now that the biggest threat to her presidency are not politicians but prominent religious leaders who are known to have huge following among the masses like bro Eddie Villanueva, Bro Mike Velarde and Minister Manalo.
Having been used to legal harrasments from INC for a very long time what really broke the camel's back was the order by the Bureau of Immigration and Deportation (BID) placing bro Eli on a "Watchlist"effectively barring him from travelling abroad to conduct the series of bible expositions planned before the year ends...
"The order placing Mr. Soriano on the BID's watchlist was issued in
violation of the 1987 Constitution's guarantee of every Filipino's right to
travel, as well as of existing BID rules. For one, he was not even given the
opportunity by the prosecutor from San Fernando City to explain why he should
not be placed on the BID's watchlist before a request was made with the BID to
that effect. For another, the BID requirements for placing a person on its
watchlist, promulgated at the time of BID Commissioner Andrea O. Domingo yet,
were not even observed and complied with. But what is more interesting here is
that, the Supreme Court itself has already ruled that the BID cannot, on its
own, issue any orders holding the departure of anyone, unless the Regional Trial
Courts order otherwise. So, what gives, in Mr. Soriano's case? Why did the BID
issue the watchlist order against him in the first place?" (more on Batasnews Online HERE & HERE)
Religious debates has long been a part of our culture and government should dare not force its hand in it lest it give rise to a bloody outcome.Remember that Jose Rizal's battle was primarily religious as he sought to free Filipinos from the backwardness of the friars' social-religious doctrines in his time. Religious debates are best left to religious debaters, preachers whose battles are waged in their respective pulpits.Leave them accountable to their members. Leave them accountable to God. It is simply not right for a human court to decide whichreligious doctrine and religious group is right.
Publicly known to boast of the electoral support the INC gave her, Gloria is a naturalsuspect to payback her political dues to Manalo, including possibly bro Eli's head on a silver plate.Our church's security department has for a time been receiving reports from our Muslim informants in Mindanaothat there are people trying to recruit a killer to murder bro Eli Soriano and bro Daniel Razon our vice-Presiding Minister who is also a popular TV news personality.
Before any of these killing can happen, rest assured that we the members will march to Malacanang to fight for our religious rights. Our only politics is religious freedom. Our being a minority group does not necessarily make us impotent. Although we don't sell our votes in exchange of political favors we do matter and Gloria better take note. We are a peace-loving group of people. The bible forbids us to take vengeance into our own hands. We are only asserting our rights, which were ours since birth, the right to believe in God, the right to propagate our faith, the right to be treated equal under the law as with any other people with a different faith.
In the end, Gloria, vengeance is the Lord's... and we have God's word for it in the holy bible.