Philippine Politics and Church

April 15, 2011

Bro. Felix Y. Manalo His Living Legacy

Filed under: Felix Manalo,Iglesia Ni Cristo,Politics — politicsandchurch @ 3:27 pm

Whenever we hear about Iglesia Ni Cristo, I have to admit that there are 2 things that come in my mind, (1) INC Chapels and (2) politics. The legacy of Felix Y. Manalo is related to politics since Iglesia Ni Cristo is usually talked about during Philippine elections. Politicians are lining up to INC leaders for block voting endorsements. INC is well written in the Philippine Political History for being involved in EDSA1 (supporting Marcos), endorsing a losing presidential candidate Danding Cojuangco in 1992 election, heavy involvement in EDSA III, loyal support to Gloria Arroyo, involvement in choosing Senate President and the Ombudsman Impeachment fiasco. Bro. Felix Y. Manalo started preaching Iglesia Ni Cristo in the late 1913. He eventually registered Iglesia Ni Kristo on July 27, 1914. Felix Y. Manalo had 2 wives. His first wife was Tomasa Sereneo, who died after giving birth to their son, Gerardo. (NHI reported that Gerardo died in his infancy). Shortly after the death of his first wife and son, Felix Y. Manalo married his 2nd wife, Honorata de Guzman while they were members of Seventh day Adventists. Felix Manalo, after joining numerous religious groups (Methodist Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, Disciples of Christ, Christian Mission and Seventh Day Adventists), he decided to form his own Church group – Iglesia Ni Kristo. What I find really funny is that after joining many church groups, Felix Manalo later be declared as an ‘angel sent by heaven’. Felix Manalo was also accused by Rosita Trillanes of Rape. The rape case of Rosita Trillanes have remained as one of the major moral question about the character of Felix Manalo.

Shortly after the death of his first wife and son, Felix Y. Manalo married his 2nd wife, Honorata de Guzman while they were members of Seventh day Adventists. Felix Manalo, after joining numerous religious groups (Methodist Episcopal Church, Presbyterian Church, Disciples of Christ, Christian Mission and Seventh Day Adventists), he decided to form his own Church group – Iglesia Ni Kristo. What I find really funny is that after joing many church groups, Felix Manalo later be declared as an ‘angel sent by heaven’. Felix Manalo was also accused by Rosita Trillanes of Rape. The rape case of Rosita Trillanes have remained as one of the major moral question about the character of Felix Manalo.

Iglesia Ni Cristo

After the death of Felix Manalo, Iglesia Ni Cristo acquired many land properties and continues to grow their political presence in Philippine politics. The INC leadership has been passed from one Manalo family member to another. Felix Manalo, Erano Manalo and then Eduardo Manalo. I am also expecting that Angelo Erano Manalo will be the one to turn over the INC leadership after Eduardo Manalo. Iglesia Ni Cristo is clearly being ruled by one family, the Manalo family. I am not sure if Nepotism is prohibited by the scriptures, but I can clearly see the Nepotism is running inside the politically influential group Iglesia Ni Cristo • Nepotism = favoritism shown to relatives or close friends by those in power (as by giving them jobs)

Iglesia Ni Cristo

The living legacy of Felix Y. Manalo can be clearly seen among INC members but not among the rest of the Filipinos. For me and the rest of the Philippine nation, Felix Y. Manalo is dead. His legacy of political intervention in Philippine affairs continue to poison our government. The latest one is the Iglesia Ni Cristo trying to stop the impeachment of Ombudsman Gutierrez. Disgusting. It’s good thing that in other countries, Iglesia Ni Cristo is not that welcome. We cannot see the pointy INC chapels in some countries. We should be glad. Only in the Philippines that the INC cult is allowed to erect INC chapels. Only in the Philippines that the INC is successful in intervening political issues in the government. As a proof that legacy of Felix Y. Manalo is alive and well among INC members, Iglesia Ni Cristo decided to make a bronze statue of Felix Y. Manalo. Woe unto Iglesia Ni Cristo.

Iglesia Ni Cristo

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