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iReport — From Facebook to Twitter, thousands of the program’s avid viewers and fans are pouring in their various expression of greetings to Ang Dating Daan which this month turns 31.

A program that started as a 30-minute radio show in 1980, Ang Dating Daan’s humble beginnings was initially a three-man team with Bro. Eli Soriano as its host and two other staff concerned with production.

Over the years, Ang Dating Daan have come a long way in building its reputation and authority as one of the Philippine’s most informative and sensible religious program. After 30 years, Ang Dating Daan can now be watched in more than 30 countries through the aid of satellite and the Internet.

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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.

Known for his love of gadgets and technological innovations, Kuya Daniel Razon carries a great mission behind his savvy nature.

A 20-year veteran in broadcast industry, Kuya Daniel trails information and technology as it happens. He is a familiar face in various exhibits, whether of communication or broadcast facilities, where he keenly observes and acquires equipments and gadgets that can be used to further propagate the gospel. As Vice Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International, his duty takes him to different places and occasions as he weaves his visions to the message behind the advancements. As a servant of God conscious of Biblical timetable, Kuya Daniel has technology for his watch.

A prophecy in the Holy Scriptures guides Kuya Daniel as he tracks the footprints of scientific and technological progress. In the Book of Daniel 12:4, the prophecy says –

But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.

The prophecy states that at the time of the end, “many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” If there is a time in human history where knowledge is most increased, that is our time. Our present era, known as the Information Age, is a time where people can communicate at the opposite sides of the globe. We have the satellite, cell phone, internet, television and radio—everything to aid faster communication. People are also much more mobile today compared to people a thousand years ago. We have cars, buses, trains, airplanes, and even spacecrafts enabling us to go from place to place 24/7 at a much faster speed. Our time, as the prophecy perfectly describes, is the time where knowledge has increased—the time of the end.

Furthermore, in Daniel 12:9-10 the prophecy says –

And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end. Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.

At the time of the end, it is not only human knowledge that shall be increased; more importantly, knowledge in the words of God in the Holy Scriptures. The Scriptures says, “For the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.” This implies that at the time of the end, the closed up words shall be opened, and the sealed book shall be understood by the prophesied “wise.” It is through this understanding of the words of the prophecy that “many shall be purified, and made white, and tried.” This is the message of the Prophet Daniel written more than 2,000 years ago. This is where Kuya Daniel perceives technology on a higher perspective.

“Whatever innovation that I see, whatever technology, gadgets or whatsoever, the first thing that comes into my mind is how these can be beneficial to the brotherhood, how these can be beneficial to our fellowmen, how these can be used in the ministry, that is what immediately comes into my mind.” said Kuya Daniel in a regular Thanksgiving Day held last year in the Ang Dating Daan Convention Center.

Although Kuya Daniel’s zealousness in propagating the gospel is unquestionable, he does not work without guidance. His endeavors are engrafted in the one whom the Prophet Daniel was referring to as the “wise” who shall understand the sealed book at the time of the end, none other than MCGI Presiding Minister, Bro. Eli Soriano.

Following Bro. Eli’s lead, Kuya Daniel conceptualizes and puts into action noble, nonetheless, financially challenging projects designed to fill up spaces unreached by the current 24/7 global evangelization: from radio, television, internet, blog, newspapers, magazines and many other means of propagation, to using MP3 players that contain hundreds of Bro. Eli’s answers during his Bible Expositions around the world.

It is Bro. Eli at the palm of their hands; and it takes faith—more than brain and guts—to multiply the mouthpiece of God in this present time.

While sowing seeds of truth and righteousness in different continents is Bro. Eli’s current assignment from God, technology has a good reason for advancing. And through all of Bro. Eli’s endeavors and labors, there is Kuya Daniel to watch technology as it unfolds, to use it for the propagation of the gospel, all for the glory of God.

Pampanga, Philippines (24 April 2009) – In response to Bro. Eli Soriano’s call to create more songs of praises to the God of Israel, Members Church of God International debuts its mid-year A Song of Praise Music Festival this June.

The Regional Finals in Luzon Region is set to light the stage on April 26, Saturday evening in Ang Dating Daan Convention Center, while others will hold the event in their respective regions. One song shall represent each region in the Worldwide Finals Night.

Launched in 2004, ASOP Music Festival is designed to “provide the venue for the creation of thoughts, ideas and feelings through songs of praise.” Only bona fide members of MCGI are allowed to join the festival.

Last year, Bro. Eli awarded a total of PhP500,000.00 ($10,277.50) to the winners of the 5th Annual ASOP Music Festival to encourage the brethren to come up with even more beautiful and more intelligently written songs.

“I hope I could hear songs with intelligence, with logic, with convincing musicality and with recall.”

For this year, the “Song of the Year” winner shall bring home 1 million pesos ($20,555.00), courtesy of Bro. Eli.

Bro. Eli, MCGI Presiding Minister, once said that the aim of the event is not for the brethren to compete, but to express the faith.

“Let us not compete individually. This is not a competition. This is an expression of our faith. And this is our gratitude towards God. Combine those: the best in lyrics, the best in music, the best in interpretation and rendition, to come out with the best of songs.”

The Annual A Song of Praise Music Festival is organized by the Music Ministry Core. Music Ministry is a brainchild of Vice Presiding Minister, Bro. Daniel Razon.

Question: Good evening. I went here because I studied in a Bible School. I spent three years in a Bible School, and we have learned, and this was taught to us by the professor of the born again or Assembly of God, that man is composed of three things: body, soul and spirit. Now, our professor said that what came from God He will not punish. Isn’t the spirit from God? Isn’t breath from God? This is my question: Will God punish the spirit together with the body and the soul? That is my question.

Bro. Eli Soriano: For you to understand, brother, let us read the answer from the Bible. What will be punished in the place of punishment?

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Tanong: Magandang gabi po. Ako po ay sumadya at pumunta po rito dahil ako po ay nag-aral sa Bible School. Ako po ay three years sa Bible School, at napag-aralan po namin, at itinuro po ito ng propesor ng born again o Assembly of God, ang composition po ng tao ay tatlo: katawan, kaluluwa at espiritu. Ngayon, hindi ko po maunawaan sapagkat ang sabi nung propesor po namin na ang galing sa Dios ay hindi na Niya parurusahan. Di po ba’t ang espiritu ay galing sa Dios? Di po ba’t ang hininga ay galing sa Dios? Ang tanong ko po ito: kasama bang parurusahan ng Dios yon, kasama ng katawan at ng kaluluwa na parurusahan yung espiritu? Yon po ang katanungan ko po.

Bro. Eli Soriano: Para maintindihan mo kapatid, basahin natin sa Biblia ang sagot. Alin ba ang parurusahan sa parusahan?

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There are issues that never seem to rest. One issue is the allegation that Bro. Eli Soriano abandoned his congregation. But looking closely and thinking deeply using facts and data, who really abandoned his flock? Is it Bro. Soriano or the one pinpointing him as such?

In this blog post by Emily Jordan, Eliseo Soriano vs. Felix Manalo: Who Abandoned Who?, she asks the said question and gave her balanced assessment of the matter, even providing references that are verifiable and reliable because it came directly from the horse’s mouth himself.

Here are some excerpts from this blog article –

Bro. Eli leads The Old Path program and is always at the frontline. He does not hide like other preachers whose shadows cannot even be seen on television. Members of the Church of God International, the Church Bro. Eli leads, are witnesses to his activities even when he is outside the Philippines. Biblically speaking, one of the qualities of the preacher who was given by God the duty to preach His words is COURAGE. He does not hide when it comes to fulfilling his duty of preaching the Word of God by any means possible, in all places reachable, just like what Bro. Eli is doing right now.

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As follows are other interesting articles that look like parts of a series on the blogger Emily Jordan`s studies about the Iglesia ni Cristo founder, Felix Manalo.


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