Eli Soriano Not Fugitive from Justice: Two Courts Deny Motions

By Jane Abao

Manila, Philippines (10/22/2014) – Two courts refused to declare an international evangelist a “fugitive from justice” as sought by his enemies, particularly those he had been criticizing for their false beliefs and practices. This means the preacher is still far advanced over his enemies trying hard to see him dead.

BRO. ELI SORIANO. Keeping quiet when he sees something wrong is not his cup of tea. Photo by Sweetwasabe.

As court records would show, Bro. Eliseo Soriano was accused of libel twice for which complainants sought the courts to declare him fugitive from justice but failed to get a favorable ruling.

The preacher who is referred to simply as “Bro. Eli” by his constituents, is the Presiding Minister of the Members Church of God International (MCGI) or Ang Dating Daan as known by the public for its flagship radio-TV program.  By practice, the preacher readily exposes false practices in his effort to preach truth from the Bible. He does this particularly through his Bible Expositions or in his preaching to the congregation. The result is sometimes vehement reaction from those who prefer to remain as they are, in terms of filing court cases aside from libel.

The preacher left the country sometime in December 2005 after a series of attacks from the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) in the form of court cases and a raid of the ADD Convention Center in Apalit, Pampanga, north of Manila where Bro. Eli held office.

The complainants in Criminal Case 5957 (For Libel) at the Regional Trial Court, Fourth Judicial Region, Branch 76 of San Mateo Rizal, Philippines sought a motion to declare accused Eliseo Soriano a fugitive from justice and to issue a hold departure against him.

However, in a decision signed by Judge Josephine Zarate Fernandez on August 31, 2007, the motion was denied. Soriano’s counsel had underscored that his client is under intense persecution by the INC, explaining his failure to return to the country.

Despite a court denial, in 2007, two years later, the complainants in Criminal Case 06-248365 (For Libel) at the Regional Trial Court, National Capital Region, Branch 8, Manila also sought a motion to declare accused Eliseo Soriano a fugitive from justice. The court this time took pains to explain the meaning of “fugitive from justice” as one already “convicted by final judgment.” Until proven guilty, an accused is considered innocent.

In a decision penned by Presiding Judge Felixberto T. Olalia, Jr. on December 15, 2009, in the absence of evidences to support accusations, the court said the accused cannot be declared a “fugitive from justice,” thereby the motion was denied. Among others, the decision said the prosecution admitted that the accused left the country before the filing of the case (September 5, 2006), therefore the intent to evade prosecution is not present.

Incidentally, the first Libel case (Criminal Case 5957) was dismissed seven years after it was filed. In an eight-page decision penned by Josephine Zarate Fernandez, Presiding Judge of the Regional Trial Court, Fourth Judicial Region, Branch 76 of San Mateo Rizal, TV Broadcaster Eliseo F. Soriano was acquitted of the charge of libel. The order signed on January 14, 2014 said that malice was not proven beyond reasonable doubt.

According to Law, malice is one of the four elements of libel that must be sufficiently satisfied for the case to succeed. The three others include: the allegation of a discreditable act or condition concerning another, publication of the charge, identity of the person defamed, and existence of malice. The absence of anyone of these elements will not make the case prosper.

The private complainant was a Dr. Nancy Pascua represented by her counsels Atty. Abraham Espejo and Atty. Rodel Morta. Pascua was found vilifying Bro. Eli to her peer doctors who happened to be members of the MCGI that Bro. Eli led. The decision records that at that moment, Pascua was with Bernardo Santiago and his wife, both excommunicated members of the MCGI who were admitted to the INC. For background, Santiago’s wife Yolanda, legally belonged to another MCGI brother for which reason (adultery) Santiago was expelled. Bernardo Santiago is now an INC minister.

Bro. Eli reportedly reacted to the attempt at disinformation: “Baka quack doctor yon kaya galit sa akin,” (She may be a quack and that is why she’s mad at me). It was on this basis that Pascua filed a libel case. The preacher’s statement, however, was reportedly meant to underscore that a true doctor does not inflict pain on people – be it physical, mental or psychological. This case was dismissed including the earlier attempt to declare Bro. Eli a fugitive from justice.

The other case (Criminal Case 06-248365 – For Libel) that failed to get its motion to declare the preacher as fugitive from justice, was archived. According to the camp of Bro. Eli, INC Ministers named Michael Sandoval and Ramil Parba incited Muslim suicide bombers to run after Soriano to avenge the criticisms of the preacher about their beliefs and raid the ADD Convention Center. Here’s an excerpt from their exchanges on television:

Ramil Parba: Hindi ako papayag niyan! Kung ako ngayon ay miyembro ng Abu Sayaff? Miyembro ako ng MILF? Halimbawa, miyembro ako ng Suicide Bombers? Naku! Hindi ako papayag na basta ganun lang yan!  (I would not allow that! If I were a member now of the Abu Sayaff? Member of the MILF? For example, I were a member of the Suicide Bombers? Oh, no! I would not take things just like that!

Michael Sandoval: Lulusob ako sa Apalit. (I would raid Apalit).

The ministers openly did this through Net25 in their program, Ang Tamang Daan.

This went with the filing of a libel case by Muslims against the preacher in 2006 but which was archived after all these years.

These court cases relieving Bro. Eli were not publicized earlier by the MCGI such that enemies capitalized on rumors being perpetuated by his enemies that he is running away from the strong arm of the law. Recently, a disinformer went as far as writing to the editor of a publication in the United Kingdom  named Planet demanding to know why a ‘fugitive from justice” is allowed to advertise his activities instead of being reported to authorities. The MCGI thought it is high time the public should know about these two court decisions.

To Bro. Eli’s camp, the only group that is gaining from this syndrome inflicting injuries on the preacher is the Iglesia ni Cristo. Soriano happens to be the most severe critic of this group.

The “INC Syndrome” to the MCGI is actually a package that includes the following: 1) Excommunication in the MCGI means the person is not anymore acceptable due to filthy living and/or continuing violations of doctrine. But Church members excommunicated from MCGI are readily admitted into the INC after which they are made complainants or witnesses in court cases filed against Bro. Eli; 2) Court cases rain on Bro. Eli running the gamut of libel, obstruction to justice, murder, rape; 3) Net25 is used by the INC ministers to incite Muslims to run after Bro. Eli to avenge his criticisms of Muslim beliefs;

-4) Several broadcast programs of Bro. Eli  or he and his co-anchors get suspended with time or indefinite time by the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB); 5) Rape case filed against Bro. Eli by an excommunicated Church member that went to the INC gets dismissed for lack of evidence; the Department of Justice under the Office of the President of the Land intervenes, gets the case elevated to them and then refiled;

-6) Bro. Eli is forced to leave the country late 2005;  7) Net25 is used by the INC ministers welcoming back Bro. Eli home with the free services of Amurao Funeral Homes, Amurao, being their “kapatid.”

-8) Interpol is attempted initially to locate Bro. Eli as Wanted for “sex crimes” which scope is not even covered by the concerns of the international body; 9) Motion to declare Bro. Eli a Fugitive from Justice is filed in two courts; and

-10) Disinformation campaign from the Internet extends to foreign media.

In each of these, Bro. Eli believes the The Almighty he serves has been saving him. Advertisements welcoming people to listen to his Bible Expositions are a part of normal routine. The fact that he advertises himself belies the claim that he is in hiding, the MCGI explained. Secondly, he preaches to the world via satellite and could be located if he is really wanted. The disinformer exerting influence on foreign media had not considered that advertising oneself and preaching openly could hardly be the behavior of a fugitive from justice.

Despite the continued disinformation, instead of seeing Bro. Eli banished from the face of the earth as desired by his enemies, all the more he has widened his base for preaching. When he speaks in Bible Expositions, all six continents are linked to his base. From statistics, the MCGI has tremendously grown over the last seven years since Bro. Eli set base in South America.

When asked about images, tithing, practices that are not espoused by the Bible, Bro. Eli continues to irk religious leaders with his answers. But it is part of his role as Truthcaster, preaching the Bible whole, the preacher claims.

What did the INC not want the world to hear from Bro. Eli as broadcaster? For one, the preacher underscores the devious effect of the Iglesia ni Cristo Command Votes practice that is actively influencing politics in the country. Public knowledge reveals that the members are commanded to elect certain candidates – be it someone judged to be unworthy for the elected position. Failure to do so would  merit sanctions. After the elections, the INC would recommend their people to sensitive positions as forms of payback. The devious effect can be said to have filtered into the justice system of the country by way of these Command Votes for the President of the Land and other national elective positions. [Read this book for more on the justice system: Shadow of Doubt: Probing the Supreme Court by Marites Danguilan Vitug, Public Trust Media Group Inc 2010].

To analytical minds, “Command Votes” is the right term because there is bloc voting that allows the will of the voter to reign. In contrast, in the Command Votes practice of the INC supposedly for unity, there is no freedom to choose, such that some leave the INC on account of such practice. Most leavers can be found in the MCGI who lament that they had to vote for the rivals of their very own relatives – against their will.

An earlier blog of Jake Astudillo (April 21, 2013, this blogsite)  wrote –

Alex Magno of Philippine Star calls this more of “command votes.” As practiced by the INC it is command votes, he said, “evoking sad imagery of witness voters and omnipotent political lords.”

Whatever you may call it, the INC had perfected this practice by declaring candidates to support only a few days before the actual casting of votes – when the most likely candidate to win is already palpable. They then appear to have exerted some influence when the candidate wins, who usually would call in to thank them.

As discussed by Preacher Soriano, this bloc voting syndrome has affected the country as exemplified by politicians’ sycophantic bestowal of favors to the Iglesia ni Cristo. There is the obvious hope of abbreviated efforts in having to troop to their chapels for endorsement during election time.

Jake Astudillo is talking about the controversial re-naming of already-named streets to Felix Manalo Street’s by politicians, and granting INC (July 27) holidays to INC members in their localities. It is a practice gradually getting established that takes a less strenuous exercise than having to go to the INC Palace for endorsement or inclusion in bloc voting.

Why do politicians do this – rename streets in heroes’ names into Felix Manalo’s and grant holidays to INC’s in their localities?  Did the INC ask for these street re-naming and July 27 holidays? They did not, some INC claim. Isn’t it an effect or more precisely an offshoot of this Command Votes practice? To re-quote Astudillo, “There is the obvious hope of abbreviated efforts in having to troop to their chapels for endorsement during election time….  this syndrome has affected the country as exemplified by politicians’ sycophantic bestowal of favors to the Iglesia ni Cristo.”

The INC Command Votes practice is really at the root of the INC Syndrome, some quarters swear to that. They get their influence from it and use it to persecute others. Meanwhile, they ensconce themselves in power. This INC is hardly a CHURCH, according to Bro. Eli. If this were a true church, it would not display these symptoms.

But there is the necessity to speak – for the benefit of others. At his age, when Bro. Eli goes, at least he has been harping about the nefarious practices of this so-called very influential group: scattering their grandiose chapels everywhere but deforming their members within. With him, enemies may do everything, but he depends on what God can do.

“I am old. I don’t know how far my work will take me. As to preaching, there’s a direction to follow: from east to west to north to south. We are going north,” Bro. Eli would say.The Bible indeed points to that direction in not only with a single verse. When you consider what the preacher is saying and referring to, it is the Antipodal Map that he is busy following.


35 thoughts on “Eli Soriano Not Fugitive from Justice: Two Courts Deny Motions

  1. No one can hinder the truth to prevail, even their power and wealth. Thanks be to God for proving once again that His nation is being led by a faithful preacher.

  2. All they (the INC) can use for the INC Syndrome are the excretory products.

    After reading this article, I had mix emotions. I feel happy and thankful that once again, Bro. Eli is acquitted and was proved to be not fugitive from the law. On the other hand, I feel sad for the live death threats. How can people do that? That in national television, they have the guts to threaten someone, to the extend involving death and funeral wake. Tsk.

    Come 1000 years, they will see who God is with. Thanks be to God for this.

  3. God really moves!!He knows the truth, alam ng Dios ang sa kaniyay sumusunod, at di niya pababayaan ang kaniyang lingkod. To God be the glory.

  4. A case in point is a Supreme Court justice known to have been backed up by the INC, a ponente on a case of Libel against Bro. Eli. The decision he wrote implied that saying “legitimong anak ng demonyo” said in anger is passing the Clear and Present Danger Test. Oh my gosh! Was national interest involved here? Do you remember who this justice is? He is still there. I hope he will change because he is already publicly known to be an INC stooge.

  5. FROM Bro. Eli –

    “It’s an undeniable fact that the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is meddling in government affairs but firstly in placing people in government. They do this in their tricky neat way of saying they helped you win by some calculations they made a few days the win is palpable. With the blessings of a command vote, the fate of the politician is sealed, tucked with a gift of promise in an exchange made in the dark.

    “Even in the appointment of justices in the Supreme Court, the INC has not seen it fit to keep off – much to the dismay of the “common tao.”

    “If the INC is that numerous that can assure the victory of a candidate, logic dictates that they, given the chance, will want to directly govern the country.

    “Why until now are they afraid of fielding their own candidate for a national position, like an INC candidate for senator or vice president or president? The reason is that if their very own (INC) candidates lost, the people and their candidates will discover the truth or the one nearest to the truth: the paltry or insignificant total membership of the INC. This can prove that they are not as numerous as they claim.

    “How? It is due to their injunction that a member that will not vote for a chosen candidate will automatically be excommunicated according to their book, ‘Ministerial Code and Ethics.” See?”

  6. This is a very informative and revealing post. Thanks for sharing this to all, for to sum it all, the insecurities of the detractors of Bro. Eli, particularly the Manalos of the INC are truly manifest.

    Only the blind or those who refuse to see will not realize what these evil people are doing to Bro. Eli. Just the same, the more that they persecute Bro. Eli, the more that his preaching spreads and reaches to the people of God worldwide.

    I just hope you will continue your advocacy in revealing the truth about Bro. Eli. God bless you more.

  7. The INC objective:
    Stop Bro. Eli Soriano in exposing their false doctrines and bloc voting scheme whatever it takes.

    The INC moves:
    All devious tactics to distress Bro. Eli Soriano here or abroad. One is to file cases – libel and declaring him fugitive from justice.

    The Court of the Land says:

    The RESULT as seen today:
    The true colors of INC is manifested. Many eyes see the truth thru Bro. Eli’s exposition of INC false doctrines and the real agenda of their bloc voting.

    With God’s help, members of INC be enlightened and leave their false religion. Cleave to what is good.

    Kotawinters, Thanks be to God for this truthful information about Bro. Eli Soriano. May you continue helping Bro. Eli by this advocacy.

    Thanks be to God for we have a preacher like Bro. Eli Soriano. The persecution made by his enemies cannot stop him to propagate the truth in the Bible.

  8. May the eyes of those who believe enemies false-coated representation about Bro. Eli Soriano be opened by learning the truth about him. None of the wicked shall understand the wisdom written in the Bible, if he is wicked person, why he understand the Scriptures.

    Compare what he is saying versus your known-preachers or priests. The truth will reveals who is good and not.

  9. This is obviously true and a logical thought of a keen and intelligent observer –

    “Why until now are they afraid of fielding their own candidate for a national position, like an INC candidate for senator or vice president or president? The reason is that if their very own (INC) candidates lost, the people and their candidates will discover the truth or the one nearest to the truth: the paltry or insignificant total membership of the INC. This can prove that they are not as numerous as they claim.” – Bro. Eliseo Soriano

    The court really had to painstakingly explain to BE’s complainants (engineered by INC) that one can only be called fugitive after having been convicted by final judgement. Bro. Eli was not yet proven guilty at the height of legal proceedings (ruling of the court then was yet to be finalized) to call him a fugitive.

  10. This article is a virtual slap to the INCs. They keep on saying that Bro. Eli has left us and Bro Eli is hiding, while in fact, it’s the opposite. We’re truly blessed for a preacher who cares for us and for a preacher that was sent by God, who preaches to many nation now..

    Manalo is the one hiding and not Bro. Eli. The Proof? Manalo wouldn’t even battle in a debate, while in fact, when asked for a discussion, he pointed Bro. Eli to debate the Pope John Paul II (who is dying by that time). What a lame course for Manalo.

  11. The real fugitive from justice, A korean-fugitive named Ja Hoon Ku – wanted by the International Criminal Police (Interpol), is kept by INC.

    Read news link below for details.


    This is a slap to the thick-faced of INC who persecuted Bro. Eli even unto the foreign court – its a boomerang! Now, who is hiding from justice?? The true religion will not let tolerate this cause the Bible teaches us to obey the law of the land, more so the laws of Christ.

  12. Haay! Some people do not know what fugitive means. They added the word, ANYMORE. If you add this, it means, one was a fugitive (running away from prosecution) and then no more. How come? Bro. Eli Soriano was NEVER a fugitive even one minute of his life. ONLY THE COURT CAN DECLARE WHO IS FUGITIVE OR NOT. It is a misnomer to say one “s not a fugitive anymore.” Let us scout for these links and post them there – so we can correct them.

  13. If only Politicians have the same observation as Bro. Eli had, they will not put their trust and confidence to INC in terms of bloc voting.

    “Why until now are they afraid of fielding their own candidate for a national position, like an INC candidate for senator or vice president or president? The reason is that if their very own (INC) candidates lost, the people and their candidates will discover the truth or the one nearest to the truth: the paltry or insignificant total membership of the INC. This can prove that they are not as numerous as they claim.” – Bro. Eliseo Soriano

    The latest, they will get the surveys first and on the very last minute they will announce whose name to carry.

    The saddest thing to members whose their love ones run for candidacy and if not chosen by INC, they are obliged to vote the rival candidate, if not, they will be sanctioned. How painful to see your INC friends and relatives and family shouting the name of your rival candidate? Where is the freedom to vote? INC’s Bloc voting is evil.

  14. Just because a preacher has been declined, doesn’t mean that the positions above are flukes. Know that Eli does not have the position and right to judge others’ actions according to the Bible. Even that book itself contradicts itself.

      • Well said and precisely right! Just like saying that a wrong can never be right or an evil can never be good. Thus, there is really no point of comparison. It will be illogical.

  15. Whatever the demons will say, this is what I know…

    Juan 9:25 Sumagot nga siya, Kung siya’y makasalanan ay hindi ko nalalaman: isang bagay ang nalalaman ko, na, bagaman ako’y naging bulag, ngayo’y nakakakita ako.

    25 He replied, “Whether he is a sinner or not, I don’t know. One thing I do know. I was blind but now I see!”

  16. Mabuhay ka Bro. elly at samahan ka sa panginoon sa kanyang katuwiran at kalakasan Magbabayad sa buhay na Dios ang mga taong gumipit sa iyo at buhay nya na iglesya.

  17. […] They referred to Bro. Eli in so many malicious ways, saying he is gay, or that he is a murderer, or that he is an extortionist. Things that the very people who allege him cannot even properly prove because no matter how many legal accusations they throw money for, Bro. Eli rises up unscathed and unharmed. You can read stories of his acquittal from here. […]

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