Iglesia sues renegade minister

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THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) has filed a criminal complaint against Isaias Samson Jr., who was among the ministers expelled from the church, over online rants and interviews where he accused officials of engaging in anomalies.

Records from the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office said the complaint for libel was filed last Friday, July 25.

The case is set for a raffle on Friday.

Samson was editor-in-chief of the church’s official publication, Pasugo.


His expulsion followed that of Cristina “Ka Tenny” Manalo, widow of the late church leader Eraño “Ka Erdy” Manalo and mother of the executive minister at present, Eduardo Manalo.

Also dropped from the INC rolls were Eduardo’s siblings, Marco Eraño, Lottie and Felix Nathaniel.

The Manalos were accused of sowing disharmony in the church for uploading a video on YouTube on June 22 where they claimed that their lives are in danger as well as alleging that church officials were engaged in corruption.

Samson claimed in a video posted on Facebook that he was allegedly placed under house arrest in his house at Tierra Bella in Quezon City.

He revealed corruption involving the construction of the multi-billion INC-owned Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, north of Manila.

Maligaya Development Corporation manages Ciudad de Victoria where the arena is located.

INC spokesman Bro. Edwil Zabala denied all the allegations made by Samson.

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  1. vagoneto rieles on

    Speaking solely for myself.. religion should show the way for its adherents; teach them right from wrong.. then, allow them to exercise their free will and, to decide on whether or not to follow its teachings. Religion could be a guide for us in our quest for a better life, for ourselves and our neighbors, by using our God-given gifts righteously and to the fullest. It is not a laundry list of ‘do’s and don’ts’ that stifles and hobbles us in our daily push towards our betterment.. spiritually, morally and financially; nor is it supposed to look into and control our wallets.
    Over the years, the INC seems to have shown, simply, that they resemble an efficiently run family corporation that has thrived and grown solely by strictly controlling its devoted followers and their hard-earned incomes. This current and very public struggle within the INC’s hierarchy is common among large and profitable corporations where corruption in the leadership echelons has thrived and is finally exposed.