Take for example Kakuei Tanaka, the most prominent political kingmaker in Japan. But even after his term, he remained dominant and influential.
Even though he got involved in political scandals, he was able to choke the Prime Minister at will without holding a position in the cabinet. Monetary, arms, and politics are common players in a kingmaker scenario.
More often than not, these factors entail negative effects to the government. In the Philippines, however, there is another player: And the effect of this kingmaker, as far as records are concerned, is unexpectedly catastrophic. It is a chain of crimes and power — behind mythical numbers yet. Detailed here by prominent newspapers, the Supreme Court and a television station are random reports of the criminal and related activities of one such religious group, the Iglesia Ni Cristo INC or Church of Christ, considered to be the kingmaker in the Philippine political arena.
It spans contemporary times but leads back to where the founder, Felix Manalo, is featured as a rapist. Romulo Endaya identified the minister as Joseph Dadoy of Ma. Victoria Poultry Farm of that town. According to the investigation of Pfc.
Dadoy, after some exchange of words with the two drunk men, was infuriated and shot the victims. Arogancia died while being treated in Laguna Provincial Hospital due to a gunshot at the chest, while Ortiz was shot once at each thigh and was treated in San Pablo Doctor Hospital. What escalated into a cold-blooded murder started only from a heated dispute during a basketball game.
The corpses of the victims were later fished out of the murky waters of Pasig River. Marlon, Andres, and Joseph had contusions, ligature marks and hematoma; they were helplessly mauled while hands tied at their backs. Marlon had lacerated wounds and was killed due to a gunshot on the head. This toleration, along with their undeniably strong influence in the government, has led to encouraging these people to act beyond the limits of justice, as proven time and again by their criminal records.
Significant to the execution of the crime also is the place where they had committed the crime. For these INC deacons, there seemed to be none more comfortable a place than their chapel, even for transforming into a killing field. Photo of the skull of roasted Jorge Sorbeto and the body of beheaded Edgar Loquinario, a security guard in Bahay-Bahayan Restaurant in Antipolo, was provided on front page. Police identified the shooter with a.
The victim, Manuel Payad, 29, a farmer in Baranggay Cabog-Cabog, was shot three times and was declared dead upon arrival at St. Only Dumalogdog filed formal charges against the stabber before the local court, said Madrideo. The victims were identified as Darius Api, 34, his wife Antery, 36, and their six-year old son Kurt Russel.
The three were shot with a. Nicasio Radovan, Calabarzon police director and an INC member, reportedly cannot be contacted by the Philippine Daily Inquirer at that time to inquire about the incident. This was reported in UNTV Mataro was killed with a 9mm caliber pistol, shot in the forehead, right eye, neck, and chest. Scene of the Crime Operation SOCO of Camp Olivas, upon its initial investigation, said the victim was waiting for a bus bound to Manila when two young men in the late twenties shot the victim six times that killed him instantly.
The gunmen left the motorcycle when it suddenly malfunctioned and rode a bus instead, a Baliwag Transit going to San Fernando, Pampanga, Central Luzon. Recent development led police to two suspects: That was after the threat that I received a 24 hour countdown to return to the INC central.
Four bullets hit Marciano but he survived, and he testified of the incident in the ADD program. What follows are the assault cases of the same religious sect. Assault Cases Members, deacons and even ministers of the Iglesia Ni Cristo had their fair share of murdering people. It is no challenge for this politically-influential group to maul some more unfortunate victims. Whether this is freedom taught in their chapels can only be checked by the frequency and magnitude of their conduct.
Here are news reports confirming the imminent violence and danger upon encountering at the wrong place and at the wrong time this wrong group of people, the religious and moral gangrene that are the members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. According to Austria, around 10 p. Austria immediately went out of the car but was surprised when another man gave him a warning shot, then pointed the gun at him and pulled his police ID. Eight more men came and forcibly took him into the chapel while beating him nonstop.
He was lucky to have been able to escape and sought help from other police officers patrolling in the vicinity who took him to the hospital. Manila Police District MPD officers arrested Salombre after being identified by the PMCC preachers as one of those who beat them up and took the camera equipment that belonged to their church.
The next list of criminal records concerns cases of molestation and sexual abuse. Rape Cases Criminals emerging from this religious sect, when not in the mood to slaughter or to beat up people, take pleasure in carnality, internalizing perhaps the legacy of their angel-preacher.
Felix Manalo, the founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo is believed by them to be an angel while Jesus Christ is a mere man. Where these criminals flourish, victims of abuse multiply.
The following are news reports on rape cases of the Iglesia Ni Cristo that were able to reach the public notice. The victim said she could hardly move because she was drugged by Lopez. On the next incident, Lopez had completely raped her while she was unconscious due to the drug he gave her. Since then Lopez had molested the victim every time her mother left home.
When the victim decided to confess to her mother about the molestation she experienced, the latter confronted the INC deacon who denied the accusation. Lopez insisted that she should first excommunicate herself from the Iglesia Ni Cristo before she could file a complaint because it is prohibited in their church to sue a brother or sister in faith.
The deaconess decided to separate from her live-in partner and proceeded to the police station with the victim. Police authorities believe that Lopez, immediately after the confrontation, was hidden by fellow INC members in V.
On March 16, , a year old INC member filed a complaint in the police station against her brother-in-law, also an INC member, for raping her several times. Myra de Leon reported this in the newspaper Bagong Tiktik. The victim, who was temporarily staying in Baseco Compd. But after the last incident, she decided to proceed with the lawsuit. According to the victim, a high ranking police officer who was also an INC member tried to convince her to withdraw the rape charge, but she did not desist.
According to Provincial Director Senior Supt. Florencio Magundayao, around seven in the evening, the year old INC deacon, Teodulo Alaon alias Nano, called the victim who was just passing by their chapel, saying he would show her something important.
At the back of the chapel the deacon pushed the victim to the dry grass, stuck cloth in her mouth and pointed at her a inch knife before raping her three times. The INC deacon was arrested and imprisoned in the municipal jail after the victim confessed to her mother of the unfortunate incident.
With all these crimes surfacing from this religious group, it compels a sensical mind to ask why and to conclude that there must be a root of all these evil somewhere in the organization. For example, on what kind of leadership was the Iglesia Ni Cristo established?
What morals did Manalo inculcate in his members before he, as an angel, died? What follows are reports on the sexual abuse cases of the founder of the Iglesia Ni Cristo who pioneered this chain of criminal records.
Felicidad, Rosa, Virginia, Bining, Mrs. Here is an excerpt of the letter translated in English: When I was already there I experienced the most bitter and painful in [t]he life of [a] maiden like me when Manalo, whom I considered as a father, abused me. At first he courted me but when I refused to accede to his wishes he struck and beat me which rendered me unconscious. And when I was already unconscious, he raped me. There I suffered much because of the ill-treatment, beating and [threatening] that I received whenever I protested against his lewd designs.
Manalo himself told me about the others whom he molested when he was persuading me to accede to his desires. He told me about some thirty women he abused.
I could not reveal their names to protect their dignity, but they frequently come to the Office. In my presence, he raped a maiden who later became pregnant… All of these whom he violated fear to speak up because they were threatened to be killed if they do speak, like what he did to Basilia Santos of Paco, who points to Manalo as the father of her two children.
In a book written by former Iglesia Ni Cristo minister, Dr. Sources of the figures are the official magazine, Pasugo, of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, and other prominent newspapers.
The list shows the year, membership and the publication where the figures were published, respectively: As observed in the given figures, the total number of members of this organization radically fluctuates.
They have announced their total membership in their official magazine, Pasugo, in , and the figure they gave was 1 million. In , only after a decade, they have reported a total of 5 million members in both the broadsheet Manila Times and in their Pasugo. As of , in Inquirer. Therefore, it appears like a guessing game. It was the most shocking news perhaps to other religious organization ever made publicly. Analyzing its members whether such number is true, there are only 86, members as of , as far as the Bureau of Census and Statistics is concerned and not two million as claimed.
Manalo was speaking in the vernacular but this had been translated into English and disseminated all over the Internet. The one who has a video clip of this meeting, however, is Bro. He plays this clip now and then to millions of his audience, one reason the Iglesia Ni Cristo want to stop him talking at all costs.
That is the one in charge of Visayas and Mindanao. We have changed those long in management. So, one by one, they are coming to me, complaining. In Camarines, I mean Sorsogon, they were asking me to remove not less than people because there are only a few people in Sorsogon.
But those to be removed were