INC denies offshore bank accounts

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The leadership of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Wednesday denied allegations that some officers of the religious group have personal bank accounts in the Cayman Islands or in Switzerland.

Edwin Zabala, INC spokesman, said there is no truth to the allegations of expelled ministers Isaias Samson Jr. and Vincent Florida that some of their officers have offshore bank accounts and that they have been skimming from cash collections.

“We follow protocols for the deposit of cash collections. We also have very stringent audit procedures, otherwise the church would not be granted tax-exempt status by the US government,” Zabala said.

He challenged Samson and Florida to present proof that the church had offshore accounts.


“We are willing to sign a waiver; if they can prove that any of INC’s leaders have offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands or in Switzerland, they can have the cash in all of them,” he said.

Samson, whose earlier complaint for serious illegal detention against the INC leaders was dismissed by the Department of Justice, alleged that there were irregularities in the handling of the Church’s funds in the US. Florida, an American former minister in the INC Northern Virginia congregation, said he had reported the INC and the church leaders to the US Internal Revenue Service (IRS) for tax fraud.

However, IRS Special Agent Arlette Lee clarified that no cases had been filed against INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo and Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. in the US.

Zabala said the INC cannot remain silent in the face of the defamatory statements of Samson and Florida, who were expelled from the church last July.

“We are deeply saddened by the allegations of Mr. Samson and Mr. Florida. We wanted to refrain from commenting on their baseless accusations, as we do not wish to dignify any further attempts to subject the Church to trial by media. However, we owe it to our flock and the public to forthrightly respond to these incredulous allegations,” he added.

Zabala said they will continue “to pray for the enlightenment of those who wish to sow divides within our church.”

He also appealed to the public not to engage in further speculation “that serves no other purpose than to fuel hatred and discrimination.”

”Just as the government’s prosecution body has found Mr. Samson’s complaint for serious illegal detention without any basis, we are likewise confident that our leaders will be vindicated and that the truth shall prevail once more,” Zabala said.

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  1. Ka Edwil is a good man and a true minister of the Gospel while samson and florida are true minister of Satan their father the devil.

  2. Please read again:
    However, IRS Special Agent Arlette Lee clarified that no cases had been filed against INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo and Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. in the US.

  3. Wait for the findings of the IRS where your LIES wont be accepted. It is only in the Philippines that INC can have all those lies and denials where they can harass cops, judges and politicians. Universally, INC is known to be a CULT that my grandfather dis-associated himself after realizing that INC is trying to get all his assets.

    • He challenged Samson and Florida to present proof that the church had offshore accounts.
      “We are willing to sign a waiver; if they can prove that any of INC’s leaders have offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands or in Switzerland, they can have the cash in all of them,” he said.

      However, IRS Special Agent Arlette Lee clarified that no cases had been filed against INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo and Auditor Glicerio Santos Jr. in the US.

    • ikaw yung puro lies, magsama kyo ng lolo mo! may proof kaba or evidence to show na kinukuha ang assets ng Lolo mo? ano alam mo sa IRS, tax exempt nga e. and read back , wla “IRS Special Agent Arlette Lee clarified that no cases had been filed against INC Executive “

    • I guess you better read the article iho. IRS clarifies that no case had been filed, so why wait for findings?

      Kindly review your words Ed de Leon. Libelous yan. Kelangan mo patunayan yang bintang mo.

    • Iho, do you even know the difference between the IRS 3494A that Vincent Florida filed and the IRS211? He didn’t use the 211 becouse if he doesn’t have the proof they could file perjury on him, now the latter, anybody can use that kahit wala proof. Now, do we have to be explain to you why he didn’t do that?

  4. JEFF JARAMILLO on

    Edwin Zabala is the least person INC followers should believe. He should be expelled. He is now very very rich in the form of money

    • “We are deeply saddened by the allegations of Mr. Samson and Mr. Florida. We wanted to refrain from commenting on their baseless accusations, as we do not wish to dignify any further attempts to subject the Church to trial by media. However, we owe it to our flock and the public to forthrightly respond to these incredulous allegations,” he added.
      Zabala said they will continue “to pray for the enlightenment of those who wish to sow divides within our church.”
      He also appealed to the public not to engage in further speculation “that serves no other purpose than to fuel hatred and discrimination.”
      ”Just as the government’s prosecution body has found Mr. Samson’s complaint for serious illegal detention without any basis, we are likewise confident that our leaders will be vindicated and that the truth shall prevail once more,” Zabala said.

    • Do you even have the factual basis with regards to your statement sir? Not some hearsay,you guys would believe disgruntled ex- members words just becouse….IRS already made a statement, so ano pa problema nyo.Ahh, oo nga pala sabi nyo maimpluwensya INC. Kahit yata pope na mgsabi na walang case eh may masasabi pa rin kayo, just becouse it’s INC. Period….

  5. INC spokesman Edwin Zabala says they follow protocol. I guess he meant the Protocol of the Elders of Zion and with that I must say I agree.

  6. I tell you what i found a little strange was when one of the de cristo guys said, he said,
    “We are willing to sign a waiver; if they can prove that any of INC’s leaders have offshore accounts in the Cayman Islands or in Switzerland, they can have the cash in all of them,” . Look how its worded, we are willing to sign a waiver if they can prove. Whats that all about why not sign the waiver then its easier for them to prove, but hey they knew that already didnt they. Tell them to stop taking us all for fools. Sign the waiver & if there arnt any of those accounts no one is harmed, right, just sign the waiver.

    • Eh pati wording napuna? Isn’t it enough that INC is challenging ANYBODY to prove such malicious and baseless accusations? Kung sino may proof eh di magpa sign na sila, gusto nyo pa kami papagawa ng waiver nyo? For sure wala, becouse for 4 months now, ni kahit anong ebidensya wala sila mapakita against the INC. All chismis lng.

    • Hey Dusty, I hope you fully understand the article. There’s no case filed against INC. So your dream of getting something from Cayman and Swiss accounts if proven true is just your hallucination. The waiver will not materialize. C’mon don’t insult the readers’ minds. Focus on evidence first.