Past Iglesia ni Cristo political endorsements: a litany of failure

What is it about people of influence who “endorse” politicians? What’s in it for them? From where I sit, it seems that an endorsement by a well-connected opinion shaper seems to be some kind of affirmation of one’s importance. When who I will vote for is worn on my sleeve, and becomes something people make a fuss about, hey, I must be important.

That bit of amateur psychology on my part that I apply to the question I start this article with makes it a bit real for me. It’s all harmless of course — that is, if you are an average schmoe with a relatively small sphere of influence. But for people who exert immense influence over entire societies and, more importantly, are actually aware of this power, well, motives become suspect.

Rather than elaborate further, I will instead illustrate my point with a brief history of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) religious sect:

1986: The INC supports President Ferdinand Marcos over then leader of the “Opposition” Corazon Aquino (Noynoy Aquino’s mother).

1998: The INC supports Joseph “Erap” Estrada’s successful bid for the presidency.

2004: The INC endorses Gloria Macapagal Arroyo in her campaign for President of the Philippines.

2010: The INC endorses Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas as future President and Vice President of the Philippines.

… and an even briefer history of the late former President Corazon Aquino’s endorsements:

2001 Edsa II “revolution

2008 Ayala Avenue
“Interfaith” rally

Two noted Filipino icons (the earlier a religious sect, the latter a revered “hero”) and four of the most nefarious political leaders in recent Filipino history all together in one Web page containing a succinct message in the form of a question:

Who owns your vote in this year’s presidential election?

It’s time we start re-thinking if people who presume to “endorse” politicians still have a place in 21st Century Philippine politics. It is all up to us. And that is the whole point of being a democracy.

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Additional references:

Hall of shame: Philippine street ‘revolutions’“, GetRealPhilippines.com

Iglesia ni Cristo: Church at the crossroads“. The Truth about Iglesia ni Christo – Manalo’s sect

A most powerful union“, Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

GMA gets shepherds’ nod, will the flock follow?“, ReligionNewsBlog

Iglesia Ni Cristo leader endorses Noynoy, Mar“, ABS-CBNnews.com

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  2. Homer says:

    This is a short but sweet article…..providing us with one of these “Boing!” moments that reminds us how easily we can forget the past. Thus, we are doomed to repeat it.

    When I was living elsewhere around 2 decades ago, and people would ask me if I knew how things were going in the Philippines, I would just shrug my shoulders and say, “Dunno. Same movie with a different cast, I guess”.

    1986, 1992, 1998, 2004…..2010?

    To be continued…

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  4. ME says:

    another 6 years of damn government and corrupted resources.. INC was a great influence for the voters under these religious group.. but how can they defend their endorsed candidate when their president won and nothing happen to our country…??? in short.. papano ang pilipinas. . ihope that their desicion will be changed but i know its too late.. its too late to apologize if our country won’t prosper under the new administration and for the next 365 days

    • enigs says:

      sadly once our leaders (INC) decided on something, It will never change… I’m starting to question myself where the hell do our leaders get the basis on picking who and who’s not to vote…

      anyway it is also a proven fact inside the INC that there are some people who tends to step and think outside the box, It already happened many times that when a certain candidate is endorsed by our leaders, some or rather majority of us wouldn’t follow just because they said so… we also have our own right to choose for ourselves.. but it isn’t always the case more votes are gonna get wasted though…

  5. J.B. says:

    Maybe a track record of their success is a good message to their constituents that indeed whoever they bless wins.

  6. Pinay Goddess says:

    As I’ve said earlier in my comment on another post, and based on experience, the most important factor that the INC considers in endorsing a candidate to an elective or appointive post in government is the extent of financial assistance given to the church in support of its projects and activities. So it’s some kind of an established “partnership”. The INC endorses only candidate who are most likely to win, never the losing ones.

    It gives us hope to know that there are independent minded INC members won’t go for the bloc vote. I hope their flock increase.

    • John says:

      Wow, i haven’t seen a goddess so stupid. Research and ask before you write. It’s not even intelligence…just plain politeness. Goddess…goddamn should be a better adjective for you.

      • Pinay Goddess says:

        John, i don’t need to research coz if you read carefully, i said based on experience. So im writing my comment based on personal experience, first hand information.

  7. R.W. says:

    I would just like to add: the one time that the INC did not get it “right” is in the 1992 elections where they endorsed Danding Cojuangco. Funny how when they endorse somebody who doesn’t win, we actually get a very capable president.

  8. JOn says:

    Rondaalma said:

    i will never forget what the aquinos of tarlac did to our massacred brethren in hacienda luisita and landgrabbing at maligaya in QC and in Roxas side, the landgrabbing and insult to our brethren in montalban…this is why i could not fathom how our elders and executive committees could have chosen these “enemies” of our faith. i could not in conscience vote for the killer of our brethren…down with noy-mar. Ny brothers, please be enlightened, choose anybody but noynoy and mar.

    http://www.philstar.com/Article.aspx?articleId=572816&publicationSubCategoryId=107

    Note: I was really surprise of the endorsement. The INC leadership made a decision, but that does not mean to say that we can all agree with it.

  9. Raven says:

    To INC folks: Just curious. How do the enforce block voting? Do they just appeal to your conscience?

    • guilbautedsookie says:

      My clinical instructor is an INC. He says that in his opinion, whether you like their choice or not, it was your prerogative to join, thus you have to live with it. Like eating SO MUCH CANDY is the prerogative, diabetes and dialysis are things you’ve got to live with

      • ben says:

        Really? Coercion is unavoidable? Zombie-like even?

      • Raven says:

        But, I meant, if an INC member voted for someone else, how would they even know? You can lie about it, right? So do their leaders just tell their members that if they don’t vote for the endorsed candidate, they’ll automatically go to hell?

      • BenK says:

        Your clinical instructor is correct. One has a choice to be a part of a particular sect or not; if they do not agree with all the terms and conditions, they should not be a part of it. I think people treat religious affiliation in a cavalier fashion — if your spiritual well-being, your own personal understanding of your connection to God is not reflected in all the rules you agree to live by in order to be a part of a certain group, then you should not be a part of that group.

        I think the way in which the INC (and they’re not the only church to which this complaint applies) coerces its members is wrong, I believe it is a misplaced application of ecclesiastical leadership, and the mere presumption of the church that it should even have an opinion about who the nation’s leaders should be is a willful disregard for what its place in the social fabric should be. By the same token, INC members who wish to pick & choose which rules they agree to follow are faithless hypocrites.

        You have to decide what’s more important to you: your membership in a democratic society where your right & responsibility to exercise your vote according to your own decision-making methods, or your membership in a dogmatic organization which obliges you to surrender some part of your free will in exchange for, presumably, some other spiritual benefits. It may be that a church exists that is not incompatible with membership in a democratic society, and if so, that would an exception, but from what I see it’s one or the other. Your choice cannot be gainsaid by anyone else, but you do have to make one, and trying to choose both and be half-assed about one or the other or both is not an option.

    • ChinoF says:

      I’ve heard stories before (early 90s) that when members of the INC want to leave, they get phone calls with threats to hurt or kill them. I also recall hearing that INC has a private army that they use not just to defend assets but also to bully “erring” members… I hope this has changed in recent times, but that’s what I heard.

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  11. Haruki says:

    Good analysis. But you know, I really hope your article gets a wider mileage than this page. You just delivered one of the best analysis about what’s really a growing and bothersome trend in our nation’s political character – the meddling of the religious order in Philippine politics. For what reason? Definitely there is a snatch why they are very concerned with politics – to protect their own interest, their business and their face.

    I have seen a lot in Philippine politics and it is always the masa who are left in the dark. When are we going to learn? What I am afraid is when the politicians endorsed by these religious groups get elected – the result will definitely be negative. Who will be head of the Department of Justice? of this and that department? And so on and so forth.

    I really hope, just my wish, that the Filipino will learn this time. Yes you are right – whom the INC endorses are not the solution to the problems that has been ailing our nation – if they were and are going to be the solution – the Philippines should have been a rich and not corrupt nation.

    Or, you are suggesting that since the government is corrupt and the people in it are corrupt – the INC should be blamed why we have this horrible situation? I hope my fears are wrong. I hope I didn’t get it right.

  12. benign0 says:

    Indeed, I recognise that there are a lot of INC members who are independent thinkers, much the same way as Catholics (who also follow a very dogmatic Church) also go their own way in a lot of cases. That all the more begs the question as to why religious leaders need to bother with these moronic “endorsements”. It leads us to pretty much just one conclusion — at the executive level, it is all about forming the right personal alliances. As such, ordinary folk should not bother with what a leader “endorses” — because the implications of those “endorsements” are not relevant (they are relevant only at personal relationships at those rarefied executive levels).

    This means voters all the more need to think and act based on their personal take on their immediate circumstances. They should think independently. “Endorsements” of the powerful and the influential are irrelevant and only seem to be otherwise because of the unjustified airtime given to their posturing by the Media. And the Media do so because ordinary people continue to exhibit a beholdenness to these bozos. Media just follow the popularity (and therefore the money) trail. It’s that simple for them and no more noble than how even the lowliest worm or slug by impulse squirms in the direction of nutrients it sniffs out.

    In short, the people have it in their power to break the cycle of moronism. They only need to:

    (1) to vote in the way the Vote was intended to be wielded (with a bit of brain); and,

    (2) vote with their remote in order to progressively reduce the power of the Media to dumb down The Filipino at a profit.

  13. ME says:

    i hope that these issue will not a reason to vote for a president that cannot stand the following circumstances.. i’m not against block voting nor INC but we need to think independent and choose independent to make sure that this may 10 will be the final judgement for the sake of our country.. i hope since majority of the voters were poor.. were finally decided which of the candidates will be messiah of philippine government and people..sorry for the wrong grammar

    • Mr.__________ says:

      The problem with most members of the INC is that they believe the INC to the letter. It’s like medieval Catholic Church rising again.

  14. Mickey says:

    I bookmarked all the links posted in here..I was converted to an INC just because of my fiancee..though her family is not deep in INC teachings..I hope that they will accidentally check the bookmark section of this computer and read the articles posted there (nakitulog kasi ako ngayon :D)..What I only admire in the INC is their discipline in attending the church..nothing more nothing less..all their teachings are just their own interpretation of the bible..and who are they to preach that INC church will be the only one to be saved..anyway just ranting..I have tons of things to say about the INC..the lesson about unity and not the freedom to exercise the right to suffrage is just pure brainwashing and their key tactics is to scare their flock..I remember this story from the minister on one of the lessons..a dying INC member confessed to him that he did not vote the one they endorsed and I remember this clearly..the minister said..kasalanan mo kaya nangyari yan sayo..alam mo naman na me mangyayari masama sayo pag hindi kayo sumunod sa utos..I just said to myself..is this a cult? just brushed it off and hope that people in that church didn’t fell for that..

  15. Read me says:

    Let us discuss it here!

    The Iglesia ni Cristo VOTE
    (http://readmeinc.blogspot.com/2010/02/inc-vote.html)

    Nonmembers have so many myths that keep their selves believing into somebody’s opinion and take it as a FACT. Very poor thinkers. Others, giving accusation, not knowing one thing why it exists/ RIGHT?
    Lets not be closeminded. respect the doctrine of God.

  16. Mickey says:

    no one is discussing in the link you provided..I really would love to see some answers..

    respect the doctrine of God? or respect how INC interpret the doctrines? and by the way..man created that doctrine.

  17. Truth says:

    The first and foremost of the doctrines of the Iglesia is the belief that there is only one God, the Father.[4] The INC opposes the doctrine of the Trinity.

    According to Iglesia doctrine, “the Father is the only true God, and Christ was sent by Him”. The Church upholds that any beliefs that differ from this, such as the Trinity or the Mormon belief of Plurality of gods are simply wrong[4] and goes against biblical testimony. To them, there is no other place, be it in heaven or on earth where another God exists, other than the God they call “Lord God Almighty”[50] and that this belief is based on the bible. They believe that this is the belief of “the people of God” even at the time of the prophets, and continued to the time of the apostles in the Christian era. They believe that this belief is the right knowledge and understanding concerning God.[51] They further believe that the doctrine of co-equal God’s, be it as a three-person Trinity, or “plurality of Gods” contradicts this belief. The Church states that it believes in the one and only true God, the Father and “the Creator”, and that this is the doctrine taught by Jesus Christ and his apostles. God is described as a spirit and therefore without flesh and bones, and is everlasting. It is further upheld God is immortal, all-knowing and does not get weary.[52]

  18. Truth says:

    Jesus Christ

    The Iglesia has a number of beliefs concerning Jesus Christ that differs from most major Christian religions. (See Christology) They believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and was made Lord by God, but that He is not God or god-man (dual nature) as some churches believe. They assert that Jesus Christ never claimed or said that He was God but instead preached of a one true God, the Father in heaven. They believe that He (Jesus Christ) is a man in nature and state of being. To support this belief they point to several bible verses which state that Christ experienced human experiences such as hunger, thirst and death, among others. However, they say Jesus Christ is distinct from other human beings in that He did not commit sins and was exalted by God. They also believe that Jesus Christ is the only Savior appointed by God and the only mediator between God and man.[53]

    This Belief of the Iglesia is criticized by other religious groups. One of the criticisms from many religious groups say that the Iglesia does not give importance or honor to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, the Lord, God made Christ as the mediator between man and God, and Christ is the Savior of the Church. These are just some Doctrines that is taught by the church that they give proper honor and importance to the Lord Jesus Christ and that they obey what God commanded every member of the Church to accomplish.

  19. Truth says:

    he Holy Spirit

    To the INC, the Holy Spirit is not a person or being but rather is the power of God sent to earth by Him. It is not referred to as God, nor is a part of God according to Bible. They believe this Spirit is sent by God in the name of Jesus Christ to teach God’s messengers of the meaning of God’s words. According to them, the Holy Spirit is also sent to help God’s people overcome their weaknesses, to strengthen, edify and comfort them.[53]

  20. Truth says:

    1. The words of God are written only in the Bible. The Bible should be the only basis of service to God. This is the truth which will teach man salvation from punishment on Judgment Day.
    2. The Father who created all things is the only true God. There is no Trinity, no three persons in one God.
    3. The belief that all churches belong to God is false. Christ founded only one true Church – the Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo).
    4. The Church of Christ is the Church that Jesus will save (Acts 20:28 Lamsa) because he made this Church His body and heads it Himself – before God, the Church and Christ are one new man (Eph.2:15 NKJV; Col.1:18 NKJV). This is the reason why Christ is able to answer for the sins of His Church without violating God’s law that whoever commits a sin, the same must die for that sin (Dt.24:16). Hence, the belief that salvation can be attained by means of faith in Christ alone, even without membership in the Church of Christ is false. The Church is necessary, not because it saves, but because it is the entity that Christ will save (Eph.5:23 TEV).
    5. The Church built by Christ during the first century has apostatized (Acts 20:29). It was led away by false prophets which arose in the Church after the time of the Apostles (Mt.24:11 RSV), and those who remained firm in the faith were slain by ravenous wolves (Mt.7:15). The prophesied false teachers who led the Church away were the Catholic priests. They introduced false teachings (1 Tim.4:1,3) into the Church, until the Church became the Catholic Church – a church essentially different from the Church of Christ as described in the Bible.
    6. The apostasy of the Catholic Church from the Church established by Christ in the first century took place with their turning away from the teachings of God taught by Christ and His Apostles (Worship of Images, Mass, Popes and Priests as vicars or successors of Christ, Mediator Saints, Purgatory). Therefore, the apostasy takes place whenever there is a teaching of God the Catholic Church violates. In view of this, all the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church should be rejected.
    7. We should not be surprised at the number of churches today that are not of Christ. It is not Christ who established them but the enemy or the devil (Mt.13:24-30,36-39 NKJV). These churches that do not belong to Christ are the Catholic Church and her offspring, the various Protestant denominations and sects. Only one Church belongs to Christ, the Church of Christ.
    8. Many Protestant groups uphold the belief that faith alone in Christ is sufficient for salvation. They have excluded other conditions such as baptism (Mt.16:15-16), church membership (Jn.10:9,Acts 2:47, 20:28 Lamsa), suffering for Christ’s sake (Phil.1:29), works (Js.2:14,17,20), preaching by the messenger of God (Acts 16:32-33), remaining in the true church (Jn.15:5-6), holding firm and obeying the Gospel (1 Cor.15:1-2 NIV) and enduring and remaining until the end (Mt.24:13). Their faith-alone concept of salvation is in direct conflict with the Bible where we can find pronouncements that man is not justified by faith only (Js.2:24).
    9. One should not deny the necessity of one organized church as the Church of Christ.
    10. The Church of Christ which emerged in the Philippines in these last days was established by virtue of the fulfillment of the prophecies of God (Isa.43:5 Moffatt) and of Christ (Jn.10:16;Acts 20:28 Lamsa). This is the third group (Acts 2:39) of people in the Church established by Christ. Even the spread of this Church in the Far West (Isa.43:4-6;59:19 NKJV) is a fulfillment of God’s prophecy written in the Bible.
    11. The messenger of God (Rom.10:15 NKJV) in these last days (Isa.43:6) is Brother Felix Y. Manalo (Rev.7:2-3). It was not he who built the Church of Christ but it was Christ Himself (Mt.16:18) by virtue of the fulfillment of the prophecy (Jn.10:16). Felix Manalo was only utilized by God as His instrument to preach the pure Gospel of salvation in these last days. His authority as God’s messenger is clearly stated by various prophecies in Scriptures (Is.41:9-10; Is.46:11-13; Rev.7:2-3). Hence, it behooves man to have faith in the commissioning of Brother Felix Y. Manalo.
    12. Persecutions cannot be avoided because overcoming it serves as the basis for inheriting the kingdom of heaven (Mt.5:10-12). Thus, whatever kind or extent of persecution a member of the Church of Christ may face, he should not falter or withdraw. He should instead pray to God for assistance in order to overcome religious persecutions.
    13. The proper way of joining the Church of Christ is that which is done because of faith (Rom.5:2) in God and in Christ (Jn.14:1-2), as well as the recognition and acceptance of the Church and of God’s commissioning of His messenger in these last days (Jn.6:29). If the motive for joining the Church of Christ is pure and proper, the man who joins the Church would be able to perform all the commandments and Church disciplines, the performance of which proves that he is a true member of the Church of Christ. He does not easily discouraged and neither does he drew back. Instead, he remains firm in his election.
    14. Christ should be highly honored and worshiped by members of the Church of Christ because this is the will of God (Phil.2:9-11). Christ should be recognized as the Son of God (Mt.3:7), Lord (Acts 2:36), Saviour (Acts 5:31), Mediator (1Tim.2:5), a holy man who did not commit sin (1 Pet.2:21-22). The attributes mentioned here give no indication to His nature which we believe is of a man (Jn.8:40); He is not the true God. (Ezek.28:2) Man should also renounce the belief that Christ is true God and true man (Hos.11:9)
    15. The clear distinctions of Christ from God are proofs that the true God is not Christ. Jesus possesses attributes surpassing the ordinary man, but this does not mean that he is God. God has attributes which we do not find in Christ. If Christ can do wonders such as miracles, all these are done by God, through Him as God’s instrument. On his own powers alone, Christ cannot do anything. Christ Himself states, “I can of my own do nothing.”
    16. Teachers of the “Christ is God” doctrine also use the Bible. But we should not allow ourselves to be deceived by them because we cannot read any text in the Bible where Christ says He is the true God. If that is the case, why do they have biblical texts to prove their contentions? Those biblical texts have been given erroneous interpretations (Jn.1:1,14; Isa.9:6) or wrong meanings (1 Jn.5:20) or even based on verses wrongly translated (Rom.9:5).
    17. It is not enough for man to join or become a member of the Church of Christ to be saved. He should lead a new life, too. Members who lead a new life are truly of Christ and of God. Thus, all sinful ways should be renounced and he should live by the teachings he has received.
    18. Each member of the Church of Christ believes that constant attendance in worship services is one of his obligations. Great blessings accrue to those who constantly attend worship services while great sins are committed by those who disregard this responsibility.
    19. The Church of Christ believes that it is God who gave the command to contribute and give thanksgiving offerings to support the needs of the Church. To fulfill these obligations is to lay up a good foundation for the attainment of eternal life.
    20. The Church of Christ believes that it is the will of God for us to love one another as true brothers and sisters. Hence, if anyone has sinned against us, we should forgive him and we should reconcile with those who are mad at us.
    21. The members of the Church of Christ believe that it is God who forbids the eating of blood and prohibits marriage with those of other faiths. Elopement is an act of disrespect for parents and this is a sin in the eyes of God.
    22. The Church of Christ believes that baptism is necessary for one to become a disciple of Christ and for the attainment of eternal salvation. But this should be done in accordance with the teachings of the Bible.
    23. The Church of Christ believes that each member should do missionary work or share his faith with others. Each one should learn how to pray to God so that he would not weaken in faith and thus be able to resist temptations.
    24. Each member should submit to the Administration placed by God in the Church by means of total agreement with the teachings and rules observed in the Church of Christ.
    25. The Church of Christ believes that unity is God’s teaching and that division within the Church is an evil thing. This unity is implemented by the Church of Christ not only during election time but also in all its works in the service of God.
    26. The Church of Christ believes that God has determined the Day of Judgment which will take place at the second coming of Christ. This is the great day when the Church of Christ will receive the reward promised by God—the everlasting home for God’s chosen people.

  21. Mickey says:

    thanks for the TRUTH..sana nag paste ka na lang ng link (roll eyes)

  22. W! says:

    Candidates win not because of the INC factor. Its because of the Catholic factor and at least we are not turned into mindless robots.

  23. John says:

    you’re obviously not a member of the INC. don’t pretent you are. halata eh.

    • ChinoF says:

      IF you refer to “Truth,” it’s obvious he isn’t from INC, but you probably know about the many criticisms about INC. Better than attack them, you can just be ready to answer them; else, no need to mind them.

  24. ChinoF says:

    Dude, what’s your problem? All because we are criticizing your church and we believe that its actions are questionable? Give me proof that what we say about INC is wrong. We are not INC members… but we have a right to criticize what we see as wrong in another organization.

    • Jay says:

      Yeah John I’m curious of this. All of a sudden you come here, raining your fire and brimstone. If you show us here, rational thinking people, proof to that the actions of your beloved organization aren’t in question, then fine.

      I’m not an INC member myself, but the fact that YOUR organization has made it public how THEY aligned themselves during the election is debatable. People have come out here to claim it was true. You are one of those who object. Now tell us why, instead of retaliating with carabao English.

      • Pinay Goddess says:

        @John
        Why don’t you check your ranks especially the people up in your church’s hierarchy. I don’t think your privy to the negotiations and secret deals that have been going on. up there. It’s you who need to do your research/investigation before you call us stupid.

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