Ang Dating Daan + Adherent

BATAAN, Philippines — Nakatawag pansin kay dating DSWD Secretary at ngayon ay Philippine Red Cross Governor Corazon-Alma de Leon ang “Tulong Muna, Bago Balita” advocacy ni Mr. Public Service Kuya Daniel Razon ng UNTV.

"Naniniwala ako na ang ginagawa ng Dating Daan ay di lang para sa Dating Daan, para sa matiyak natin na magiging matuwid din ang daan, yun ang tawag ni Pangulong PNoy." — Former DSWD Secretary and current Philippine Red Cross Governor Corazon-Alma de Leon.

“Kundi gaya ng sabi niyo,’Tulong Muna, Bago Balita’, naniniwala ako na malaki ang nagagawa ng UNTV para sa mga mamamayan nating Pilipino,” pahayag ni PRC Governor Corazon-Alma de Leon.

At dahil sa parehong layunin nito at ng PRC na makatulong sa kapwa-tao, ang istasyon ng UNTV ang pinili ng Philippine Red Cross na maging media partner upang isa-publiko ang mga proyekto at adhikain na isinusulong nito.

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Apalit, Pampanga — “Kayo po ay healthy donors. You have [a] healthy lifestyle. Kaya ang safe blood will come from Ang Dating Daan donors.” (You are healthy donors. You have a healthy lifestyle. That is why safe blood will come from Ang Dating Daan donors.)

This was expressed by Christie Monina Nalupta M.D. as she spoke before tens of thousands of congregants at the Ang Dating Daan (ADD) Convention Center during ADD’s weekly Thanksgiving this month.

Mass Blood Donation - September 11, 2011

Mass Blood Donation - September 11, 2011

To read full article, please refer to Mass Blood Donation: Safety in Ang Dating Daan Donors

International Thanksgiving celebration at the Members Church of God International

There are overwhelming reasons for the Members Church of God International (MCGI) to celebrate its Quarterly International Thanksgiving set on September 30 to October 2 this year. Also called the “Feast of God,” the event is MCGI’s most festive gathering held for three days every quarter.

Bro. Daniel Razon, vice presiding minister to MCGI, discussed a topic before the tens of thousands of congregants who attended the three-day International Thanksgiving.

Bro. Eli Soriano answered a question posed by one of the guests during the International Thanksgiving service. Photo credit: MCGI.org

To read the article in full, please click the link: More Doors Open to MCGI in the West, Sets International Thanksgiving Feast at Month-End.

Bloggers are united in condemning the re-airing by GMA Network of a Case Unclosed episode that features the controversial interview by Arnold Clavio of the self-confessed serial rapist who then filed an invented case of rape against Bro Eli Soriano.

The documentary made by Case Unclosed program of GMA 7 was first aired in 2009. Surprisingly in 2011, it was re-aired on August 3, on GMA News TV.

One of these bloggers, Standupper.wordpress.com’s Robert Bolisay, pinpointed the holes in the accuracy in airing the controversial episode highlighting the invented case of rape against Bro Eli Soriano. He suggested that GMA Network could have looked closely at the whys of the re-filing and why the same was suspicious.

Standupper explained some few reasons why the Ang Dating Daan is boycotting GMA News and its parent company GMA Network.

Like Bolisay, other bloggers are convinced that when the Case Unclosed aired the controversial interview of Veridiano speaking all negatives against the ADD leader, there was no attempt made by host Arnold Clavio to conduct a background check about Veridiano. A simple check on Youtube will reveal search results that Veridiano made a video confessing that he raped nine (9) of his subordinates when he was then a member of the Ang Dating Daan group. Veridiano was expelled for various offenses, including malversation of Church funds and for raping underage boys.

Upon defecting to the Iglesia ni Cristo, Veridiano appeared one day and filed an invented charge of rape against Bro Eli.  But the said case was already dismissed by the Pampanga court, citing the lack of evidence to indict the international evangelist. However, through the influence of the Iglesia ni Cristo to the then president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the case was re-filed through the then Secretary of Justice Raul Gonzales.

To recall, the Ang Dating Daan group in 2009 led a signature campaign to boycott the television network for its haphazard reporting of the said case.  This time around, Ang Dating Daan looks like its sustained boycott will be upheld until GMA Network and its company, GMA News TV issues an apology to its victim, Bro Eli Soriano.

The blog also scored GMA for acting as host to try by publicity the victim, Bro Eli Soriano, saying:

Being a giant network, it is not fitting to think that GMA-7 is in the dark about certain rules of court that makes the episode unfair and biased to be aired and re-aired.

The “why?” question should have been directed to GMA-7 instead.  Why did you broadcast the episode?  Are you not aware of the rule of court on sub judice?

The TV Network tried to sound fair when they said that they tried to get the side of the respondent.  They did not get anything, however, from the respondent.

Here is another “why?” question for GMA-7.  Why would they still insist on an interview with the respondent?  Didn’t they know they cannot discuss the case on the basis of sub judice?

In the Case Unclosed format, it is inevitable not to talk about the merits of the case once Bro. Eli grants an interview.

Of course, the respondent would mention some details of the case to defend himself.  If not, what did you expect to talk about in the interview then?

From the point of view of Standupper, the Ang Dating Daan members, who are citizens of a democratic nation like the Philippines, could have used the streets to peacefully protest against GMA 7 “in accordance with Batas Pambansa Bilang 880,” about the free exercise by citizens to assemble and petition the government and for other purposes.  Ang Dating Daan, however, took the social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, instead. A boycott page was now garnering 12,000 likes as this 11 PM today (09/18) from 6,000 likes as of Friday (09/16).

The Ang Dating Daan group’s sustained boycott against GMA Network, GMA News TV, and all its assets in print, radio, television, cable, and online, is entering its 7th week.  The boycott began last August 7 after the giant network re-aired on August 3 the controversial interview with a serial rapist who filed an invented case of rape against the ADD leader.

Boycott GMA News TV

Congregants and sympathizers of the Ang Dating Daan joined hands in protesting the network’s irresponsible reporting by logging at Facebook and Twitter, wearing picbadges bearing their cry for justice. A Facebook fan page, 2011 Boycott GMA News, is nearing 10,000 likes. The fan page was put up to send a strong signal to GMA Network that irresponsible media reporting will not be condone.

On sixth week, the boycott reached a milestone when the boycott GMA Network picbadge was listed among the top picbadges in the country, gaining up to 5,000 supporters.

Since August 7, members have already deleted Channels 7 and 11 in their television program.

Based on the comments posted by those who supported the campaign, the massive boycott slapped by the Ang Dating Daan group against GMA Network and GMA News TV will continue until the giant network renders a public apology to its victim, Bro. Eli Soriano.

GMA Network, however, continues to play deaf ears. Worried, the station paid full page advertisements crying that its GMA News TV was topping the surveys. But bloggers and observers are pointing out that the survey firm used by GMA has its credibility questioned in court.

From Kaanib.net

TheOldPath.TV launches on August 11 a new webcast page using UStream.TV and Facebook interactive chat that will regularly stream the live broadcast of Bro. Eliseo Soriano’s Bible Exposition and to reach users of these popular social media platforms, respectively.

The webcast page will be located at The Old Path Live with Facebook page.

TheOldPath.TV, the award-winning video streaming website of the Members Church of God International (MCGI), initially features live and archived videos of the episodes of Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), Biblically Speaking, Truth in Focus, and Itanong Mo kay Soriano (Ask Soriano).  In recent years, however, the organization reinforced its live streaming capabilities through TheOldPath.TV, and opened several video channels on Youtube.com in hopes of reaching to a wider audience and using the interactivity features of the popular video sharing site.

Bible Exposition, a symposium-like live event, is one of the signature bible study activities hosted by Bro. Eli Soriano.  As the resource person and speaker, Bro. Soriano answers questions from live audience from a venue.  With the aid of technology and the Internet, Bible Expositions are simultaneously held live on a scheduled venue and across other nations through live streaming.

Bro. Eli Soriano is the award-winning host of one of the Philippines’ longest-running religious program, Ang Dating Daan.  Last February 2009, his blog site was awarded the Most Popular Website of the Year by the Philippine Web Awards, which is an annual competition for website excellence organized by the Media G8Way Co.

Facebook, a social utility online to connect people from everywhere, is now the leading social networking website with more than 132.1 million unique visitors since April last year, according to comScore. Two-year old UStream.TV, on the other hand, a popular site for lifecasting and live streaming of events, said it now have more than 1 million registered users who generate 1.5 million hours of live streamed content per month with over 10 million unique hits per month, according to a Businesswire.com report.

Reporting or coverage about religion should be made responsibly.  As much as possible, religious journalism, like politics, must be independent from pressure and influence from any party.

These seem to be  the united sentiment that can be drawn from the blogs and comment streams by people who believe that biased and irresponsible journalism is being served the public by several news stories made in the Philippines singularly all against the phenomenal preacher, Bro. Eliseo Soriano or Bro. Eli of the Ang Dating Daan television program.

One case in point is the recent attempt by Arnold Clavio through his docu-drama program Case Unclosed aired over GMA7 to make a documentary about a still on-going case of an alleged rape case filed by Daniel Veridiano (also known as Puto), who was excommunicated in the Members Church of God International due to various offenses.

Thankfully though, citizen journalists, bloggers and several members of the Ang Dating Daan, who can no longer swallow the persistent false reporting in the press and major television networks about Bro. Eli Soriano, stormed the cyberspace.  With the help of technology, these people now have the means to open their hearts and voice their sentiments and criticisms against irresponsible reportage done by Mr. Clavio’s team.

Less Traveled Road blogger, Ms Jane Abao, has been posting her analysis about the kind of journalism done by Mr. Clavio.  In her recent post, she immediately fired

A giant TV network used a self-confessed serial rapist as a resource person recently to discuss a pending case he had filed against a fearless preacher known for exposing false practices…

Meanwhile, another citizen journalist with the alias vitaminB recently posted at CNN’s iReport.com about the convenience of filing rape to shot down leaders.  According to the article, what’s happening to political leaders can also extend to religious preachers as well.

The Religious sector can also be influenced by this convenient form of character assault. Eliseo Soriano, a church leader of the Members Church of God International and a host of the international religious program, Ang Dating Daan (The Old path), was accused of rape by an excommunicated member of the sect. Daniel Veridiano, who later converted to another religious sect known for being strongly criticized by Soriano for their false teachings, sued Soriano for rape in September 2005. The case was shortly dismissed due to lack of evidence. The dismissed case was however filed again in higher court by the country’s Department of Justice Secretary, Raul Gonzales, who is not in anyway involved with the case.

vitaminB concluded that rape is being used to shot down good leaders and will continue as a trend.

As is the case always, the truth that should be reported in the mainstream are blocked or filtered by some influential parties.

For one, the Iglesia ni Cristo, the religious group persistently exposed for their false teachings and malpractices, is publicly known as a group which uses its bloc-voting power to influence the government and the media.  But slow by slow, the public are being informed about its profit-making and deceitful schemes.

Without the new media, the blog posts and essays by these bloggers and citizen journalists about media irresponsibility might find it hard to go mainstream.  Especially, if the reporting that is being made is an expose of religious malpractices and deceits.  In fact, there is always the danger and threat of one being harassed legally and murdered when one reports about the weird doctrines and crimes of religious leaders.

Marcos Mataro, a host of the D’ X-Man program being aired at UNTV37, was the very latest casualty of being truthful as a journalist.  He was killed for his unflinching expose of his former religion and leaders, the founders of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

Only in the cyberspace can one report about the truth about the buried crimes of these religious leaders.  A blogger named Emily Jordan persistently write about these crimes of the deceased Manalo.  Her article, Felix Manalo: Rapist of His Members and His Ministers’ Wives, will obviously shame the clan of Manalo. 

In 1954, the newspaper The Bombshell published a three-part story concerning Felix Manalo, founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. The first part was published on October 21 with front page headline “IGLESIA NI CRISTO ‘HEAD’ ANGEL OR SEX MANIAC?” The article includes a letter of confession from a certain Rosita Trillanes who, according to her, was raped several times by Felix Manalo.

But truths are truths.  These truths may be hard to accept but the public must be informed.

With the aid of technology and rise of citizen journalism, the once suppressed and filtered voices can now share the same platform used by professional journalists who write for establishments.  In the cyberspace, even an unschooled blogger or citizen journalist will be heard and can command change and action.

But even with the rise of new breed of journalists and reporters on the Web, the basics of reporting and journalism remain: being fair, truthful, accurate and relevant.  No amount of technology can influence or change these.  With the power granted by technology to citizen journalists comes great responsibility.  But responsible reporting can only be possible when the one reporting is imbued with clean and good conscience.

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“Let love be without dissimulation.
Abhor that which is evil;
cleave to that which is good.”
Romans 12:9 (KJV)

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