There Is Hope For Drug Addicts


Read the first part of this blog here.

The proverb in Tagalog, “Habang may buhay, may pagasa" (While there is life, there is hope) is biblical.

ECCLESIASTES 9:4 
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

I am a witness to this fact that in the Members Church of God International (MCGI), the powerful hand of God has been recreating people through the power of faith.

THE ACTS 26:18 
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

It is through faith that God works his works, transforming one. This transformation through faith is achieved by the mercy of God.

TITUS 3:5 
Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to HIS MERCY he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;

God’s power and mercy may regenerate or recreate us through faith.

II CORINTHIANS 5:17 
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

Living examples
There are some ministers of the MCGI and many members who are former drug addicts. Particularly those that were converted through our Prison Ministry, they have become God-fearing and responsible persons and family men. Take note that they were not members before they were imprisoned but only converted when in prison. 

I have seen how these men– former drug addicts-struggle hard through faith to let go their vices and addiction to obey God's call. Now, with God’s help and mercy, some of them have become able ministers of the gospel and are living examples for others who want to change. There is really hope for drug addicts!

How does this happen?
The word of God is quick and powerful that works within a person of faith.

HEBREWS 4:12 
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.

The word of God is received – if received - and it is what works within one that believes.

I THESSALONIANS 2:13 
For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

What is drug addiction

Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain; they change its structure and how it works. These brain changes can be long lasting and can lead to many harmful, often self-destructive, behaviors. (https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/media-guide/science-drug-abuse-addiction-basics)

Can’t we just leave working on drug addiction to science?
Science is helping end addiction and is using new research. But scientific efforts are not enough to renew drug addicts. It is plain to see literature on drug addiction admit limitations of science.

When addiction research started in the 1930s, addiction was seen primarily as a moral failing rather than as a public health issue. Since then, we have made great strides in our understanding of the disease and neurobiology. There is still much to accomplish to understand the range of genetic variations and other medical consequences related to addiction. Important scientific research must continue — and expand — if we are to break addiction’s grip on our society. (http://www.shatterproof.org/pages/science-of-addiction)

There is this quote from Blaise Pascal that says, “There is a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every person which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator.” Pascal is a 1600’s mathematician and philosopher.

But what does science say? Deep within our being is a vacuum to be filled with the most powerful influence in our lives and that is faith in God! It was discovered by modern scientists that in a particular area of our brains exists this vacuum!

In a report by Arthur Martin, it appears that humans are programmed to believe in God. And this is so because it gives them a better chance of survival. The report said -

…The findings of Bruce Hood, professor of developmental psychology at Bristol University, suggest that magical and supernatural beliefs are hardwired into our brains from birth, and that religions are therefore tapping into a powerful psychological force. His work is supported by other researchers who have found evidence linking religious feelings and experience to particular regions of the brain. They suggest people are programmed to receive a feeling of spirituality from electrical activity in these areas. (“Why we are born to believe in God: It's wired into the brain, says psychologist,” Dailymail, UK (9/7/2009).

Believing in the supernatural is not "something stupid" as claimed by atheists. It was proven scientifically that the supernatural links to a spot in the depth of our being. It is in this vacuum that the truth about God and His teachings must occupy. Otherwise would spell disaster. Filling this vacuum with man-invented teachings and fairytales is the main cause of perversion.

MARK 7:7 
Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

THE ROMANS 10:3 
For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto the righteousness of God.

The cause of it all
Refusal to submit to God's will is the cause of all evil and perversion in man including drug addiction because the mind has been squatted upon with perverse things. The spot reserved for The Almighty has been dedicated to false pleasure.

THE ROMANS 1:28-32 
28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient; 
29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers, 
30 Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, 
31 Without understanding, covenant breakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful: 
32 Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

The real cause and root of all evil in human society are man-invented teachings and false religions! They have influenced terrorism, extremism, fanaticism, and atheism, leading men to reject the truth in the Holy Scriptures!

Such rejection has had its heavy consequences: the belief in a lie.And it is heavy because the owner of those words one must acknowledge, punishes those who disregard Him and his will. These verses are not lying -

II THESSALONIANS 2:11-12 
11 And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: 
12 That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

In a drug abuser or addict, the abuse becomes abuse and the addiction becomes addiction due to repeated behavior. But the cycle can be broken when that vacuum in man responds to the call of God for change. The lies placed in the mind must be cleaned out and the configuration corrected with the words of God, so that the vacuum reserved for His Maker can be rightly activated and connect with the man. Then the love for drugs can be rooted out.

Drug Addiction: the Mystery Begins with Proving


One sensible, prudent, logical, and wise counsel of the Bible is to "prove all things." The intention as stated on the succeeding verse is to hold fast to that which is good and abstain from all appearance of evil.

I Thessalonians 5:21-22 (KJV) 
21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. 
22 Abstain from all appearance of evil.

The accumulated knowledge of humanity since time immemorial reflects knowledge of things proven to be good that we have to hold fast to, and evil that we must abstain from. Let us look into an example of a supposedly enlightened one but really is not.

Buddha, the god of the Buddhists and authority of the faith of some one billion people on the planet, died of eating a kind of poisonous mushroom according to the encyclopedia. Buddha, from his name, Siddhārtha Gautama, is simply named "Buddha," that implies he is "enlightened." Buddha means "the enlightened one."

Buddhism, a major world religion, is founded in northeastern India and based on the teachings of Siddhartha Gautama, who is known as the Buddha, or Enlightened One.

Originating as a monastic movement within the dominant Brahman tradition of the day, Buddhism quickly developed in a distinctive direction. The Buddha not only rejected significant aspects of Hindu philosophy, but also challenged the authority of the priesthood, denied the validity of the Vedic scriptures, and rejected the sacrificial cult based on them. Moreover, he opened his movement to members of all castes, denying that a person’s spiritual worth is a matter of birth. (Source: Encarta)

Perhaps because of his utter refusal to believe in the God of the Bible, or of his ignorance of the Bible, he portrayed something that is the direct opposite of his famous name "Buddha." If he really was enlightened, he should have been cautious in eating mushrooms – the cause of his death – because not all mushrooms are the same.


While many species of mushrooms are good for humans and may contribute to our well being, it is a known fact in human history that there are poisonous mushrooms. Colors and shapes of mushrooms indicate the edible and warn us of the poisonous ones.

Here are common traits of these poisonous mushrooms:

1. Warts or scales on the cap. Note the off colored "patches" on the top of the picture to the right. These are the remnants of the universal veil that surrounds the mushroom when it is young. Sometimes these patches look more like rows of raised dots, as seen on the pictures further down. 
2. A parasol or umbrella shaped cap. Each of these pictures is a good example of how an amanita cap is shaped, convex like a wide, upside down letter U. Or, for my fellow math enthusiasts, like an inverted parabola! 
3. The presence of a bulbous cup or sac around the base. This rounded cup is called the "volva" and is another remnant of the universal veil. It is often under the ground so you may have to gently dig up the mushroom to see it. The Amanita muscaria (commonly known as a "toadstool") to the left is a great example of this bulbous base.
4. A white spore print. When an amanita cap is placed face down on a dark colored sheet of paper, it will often leave a spore print that is white. 
5. The presence of a ring around the stem.This ring, called the "annulus", is where the partial veil was attached to the stem before it tore apart as the mushroom grew. 
6. Gills that are thin and white. The underside of this example shows the white gills of an Amanita. Just another thing to look for when trying to identify poisonous mushrooms. (http://www.mushroom-appreciation.com/identify-poisonous-mushrooms.html#sthash.9Szkw8P9.dpbs)

Buddha, I am sorry to say, was not enlightened and is not a god by any standard of the Bible. The God of the Bible, for example, had provided clues on mushrooms, and generations of men have established which are poisonous.

An enlightened person is cautious about things that he eats like the Apostle Peter and like the Prophet Ezekiel.

THE ACTS 10:13-14 
13 And there came a voice to him, Rise, Peter; kill, and eat. 
14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Note that Peter remembered a principle taught to him earlier, and that was why he refused.

And here’s another principle:

EZEKIEL 4:14 
Then said I, Ah Lord GOD! behold, my soul hath not been polluted: for from my youth up even till now have I not eaten of that which dieth of itself, or is torn in pieces; neither came there abominable flesh into my mouth.

A thing that poses danger to health and life, and was proven by the generations, must not be proved anymore by anyone using his intelligence and understanding. There is already a universal standard about it.

Drugs (the prohibited ones) are proven to be harmful to the human body. Drugs should be used in exact amount and doses, if the intention is to alleviate or cure humans' sufferings. Although there are drugs that can be bought over the counter, it doesn't mean that drugs that are not prohibited are always safe.

Statin drugs, for example, according to experts' studies, instead of preventing a heart attack may lead to a heart attack. My point is, if drugs not prohibited can cause harm, more so the dangerously harmful drugs tagged as "prohibited drugs."

Statin drugs which intent is to control the production of cholesterol by the liver, also hamper the production of other enzymes like CoQ10 that is necessary in the prevention of a heart attack. Therefore, the supposed intention is not fulfilled.

Trying to prove prohibited drugs is being reckless and insane. Wikipedia says, two of the most used and valuable illegal drugs in the Philippines are methamphetamine hydrochloride (shabu) and marijuana. Between these two, shabu is considered the more dangerous.

Shabu is mixed with substances such as battery acid, cough syrup, and many more.

What does it do?

Aside from altering your sleep, health, hygiene, and negatively affecting every aspect of your life, meth also destroys your emotions. And it does so gradually. At first, you’d think meth improves your life as it enhances your confidence, keeps you active, and makes you lose weight. Meth also causes permanent and even irreversible brain damage. (http://bridgesofhope.com.ph/index.php/2016/05/02/what-is-the-most-dangerous-drug-addiction/)

No wonder it is prohibited. According to research, shabu is powerfully and mysteriously attractive and is rampantly peddled in the streets all over the globe. But the incredibly intense high experienced by the addict from the drug is enough to blot out logic.

As I wrote in a previous blog, there is hope for drug addicts. Now that there are about a hundred of thousands of self-confessed addicts and pushers that surrendered to President Rody Duterte's administration, I want to share biblical wisdom that may give hope and total renovation in the being of a drug addict. Life is precious. There is hope for drug addicts.

ECCLESIASTES 9:4 
For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

 More to follow.

Read the second part of this blog here.

Greed and Shamelessness in the South China Sea Issue


I am writing this blog not as a Filipino but as a Christian and as a member of the world community of people. I believe that the Chinese people I know will agree with me when I say that the Chinese government is wrong in their boastful assertion that they are ready for trouble if the decision reached at The Hague will be implemented!

I am addressing the Chinese Christians – those who are not communist like those who are in government of the People's Republic of China.

Three years ago, the Philippines filed for compulsory arbitration, under Article 287, Annex VII of the United Nations on the Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), against China. The Philippines just scored a historic legal victory against China in the South China Sea. Meanwhile, China that boycotted the whole proceedings has refused to acknowledge its jurisdiction. China, which ratified UNCLOS in 1996, has said it will neither accept nor honor the upcoming ruling by the tribunal. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-javad-heydarian/philippines-landmark-vict_b_11005170.html)

Why is China wrong? It is wrong in principle, in moral, and in every aspect of justice! In principle, because it is signatory to the UNCLOS.

China technically consented to undergo arbitration by signing the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), said Lawrence Martin, one of the Philippines's legal counsels. Martin noted that China signed the UNCLOS in 1982 and ratified it in 1996. (http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/15/1603138/phl-legal-counsel-china-consented-arbitration-signing-unclos)

"When it ratified the Law of the Sea Convention, it agreed to all of the provisions of the convention and among the articles of the provision is Article 287 which says that one state may initiate an arbitration against another state unilaterally," Martin said in a public forum held at the University of the Philippines, Diliman.

Once a person or a group has agreed on a covenant and the covenant was ratified nobody may add or subtract to the conditions set forth.

GALATIANS 3:15 
Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.

It is utter shamelessness to disregard something you have agreed upon with others!

THE ROMANS 14:22 (RSV) 
The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God; happy is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves.

Under the principle of Estoppel, you must not disagree later with things you have previously agreed and signed!


Therefore, biblically and morally, China is wrong!

I have known Chinese people since my childhood. I remember my grandmother calling them "intsik." Most of them, with very little in their pockets, came to the Philippines, which was then considered as the richest country in Asia.

I remember when they humbly knocked on doors to buy empty bottles, cans, and stuffs that for ordinary Filipinos were meant to be thrown into the waste basket. These Chinese are humble. They are friendly. They are industrious and they do not waste money. Maybe this is the reason why they became successful as business entrepreneurs in the Philippines.

I am not, as I said, speaking as a Filipino, but as a Christian. My grandmother is of Chinese descent - a very industrious woman from Shanghai. Hard-working and diligent, she has passed on her virtues to us in the family.

I remember the now considered richest Filipino, the owner of the largest chain of malls and supermarkets in the Philippines, as a resourceful and frugal person! My father being a construction superintendent knew him personally. When his first store was being built in Escolta, Manila, this Chinese picked up every piece of nail lying idle within the construction site. He did not want a single centavo wasted. Now, after almost five decades, he is the richest Filipino and one of the richest men in the world. Mind you, he is Chinese by blood! These are the kind of Chinese people I know.

A considerable part of the Philippine population is Chinese by blood. They have learned to be religious also like Filipinos. Some, if not majority of them, have become Christians.

If the Chinese government did not consider the Philippines as home to most of its people seeking for greener pastures, which then are not available in China, how can the government of China be as inconsiderate to Filipinos now to the extent of harassing our fishermen in the South China Sea? This sea is by international law and agreement, part of our heritage! We have laws for that.

The Law of the Sea Treaty, formally known as the Third United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, or UNCLOS III, was adopted in 1982.  Its purpose is to establish a comprehensive set of rules governing the oceans and to replace previous U.N. Conventions on the Law of the Sea, one in 1958 (UNCLOS I) and another in 1960 (UNCLOS II) that were believed to be inadequate.

..In additional to the economic provisions, the treaty also establishes specific jurisdictional limits on the ocean area that countries may claim, including a 12-mile territorial sea limit and a 200-mile exclusive economic zone limit. (http://www.unlawoftheseatreaty.org/)

I would say that the Chinese occupation and construction activities in some of the islands, which by law belongs lawfully to the Philippines, is a premeditated act of greed, which is immoral by any standards!

Reports said that despite China’s complaints, the Arbitral Tribunal at The Hague stood its ground.

In its final verdict, it ruled China’s doctrine of ‘historic rights’, a foundation of its nine-dashed-line claims, as ‘incompatible’ with prevailing international law, arguing that ‘there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.’

The verdict also makes it clear that China ‘violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights’ by preventing the Southeast Asian country from exercising its sovereign rights particularly its ability to exploit natural resources such as fisheries stock and hydrocarbon deposits within its Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as provided by the UNCLOS. It also rejected China’s longstanding claim that the contested land features in the Spratly chain of islands — particular Mischief, Gaven, McKennan, Hughues, Johnson, Cuarteron and Fiery Cross reefs — as well as the Scarborough Shoal constitute naturally-formed islands. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-javad-heydarian/philippines-landmark-vict_b_11005170.html)

I am not against the Chinese people but I am against the rudeness of their leaders. It could be because they are not Christians!

PROVERBS 22:28 
Remove not the ancient landmark, which thy fathers have set.

Let us not remove the landmarks set at the sea because they are set by international laws!

MCGI and Duterte's Fight Against Illegal Drugs


Recent news and developments prove that the drug menace have had infested considerable sections of the Philippine society. The surrender of thousands of drug users and pushers, the death of around 103 suspected criminals with drug related activities, and the involvement of 5 high ranking police officers in the illegal drug trade, are clear indications that President Rody Duterte was right when he declared to wage war against illicit drug trade. Duterte was inaugurated as the Philippines’ 16th president at noontime, June 30 of this year, promising, “change is coming.”

http://cnnphilippines.com/news/2016/07/07/4-drug-related-deaths-daily.html

http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2016/07/02/1598751/days-1-and-2-12-drug-suspects-die-700-surrender

http://www.untvweb.com/news/duterte-names-4-generals-involve-illegal-trade-live-national-tv/

According to a report in Asian Journal by Eric Anthony Licas (“The Pres. Duterte effect: Thousands of drug pushers, users surrender,” July 6, 2016) –

Almost 1,400 alleged criminals surrendered to the authorities in Quezon City, Taguig, Pasay and San Juan, two days after the president officially took office on June 30. In Leyte, Sarangani, Rizal and Pampanga, over 1,100 people turned themselves in to police. Prior to Duterte’s inauguration, more than 200 people from Agusan del Sur and Sarangani had also submitted themselves to police custody in June.

In a related development, close to 4,000 suspects as drug pushers and users packed an auditorium on Saturday, July 9, in Tagum City around 80 kilometers from Davao, where Duterte served as mayor for two decades, police said. (http://news.abs-cbn.com/news/07/09/16/thousands-of-drug-pushers-users-in-biggest-surrender-under-duterte)

Now that people are voluntarily presenting themselves to authorities to evade prosecution and to avail of the rehabilitation program of the government, what should every conscientious Filipino do? To heal the wounds created by the greedy and their accomplices, by the willing and unwilling victims of prohibited drugs, this gargantuan task needs the support of the entire society.

The addiction that colonizes the mind and the body is not as easy as urinating to expel the poisons processed by the liver and the kidneys. Addiction dominates the mind, the perception, even the feelings and the sentiments of the victim. What then will be our society's solution to these complicated problems?

Scientifically, rehabilitation to bring back the normal physiological condition of a human being cannot be done overnight! There must be a firm and continuing process to normalize the mind, the perception, the fears, and feelings of a drug addict. To be addicted to prohibited drugs is just like putting everything into disarray and disorder.

Is there hope? The human body is an adaptable organism. Its capability to adapt to any given situation is a natural process of survival, but it is prone to act and do the opposite. It is much like when the body's immune system turns out to be doing the opposite, causing autoimmune diseases of the body like psoriasis, rheumatism, and such like.

What I am saying is, rehabilitation, if not impossible, is very difficult without the serious concern of the victim and the people around him! Caring for a drug addict is just like and at times much difficult than caring for a baby where you must go back to where "zero" begins! In caring for a baby, you can start at zero!

I believe we need these intangible and tangible tools for the work of rehabilitation: Compassion, concern, love, patience, understanding, and faith in the Creator of life.

One rehabilitated person is just like two lives saved if he is married, or three or five lives saved if he is with children, or a big family, or just like an entire nation or society saved, and in our case the entire Philippines saved.

For this, we, the Members Church of God International (MCGI) are one with our President and the entire police establishment in the country for this great task of rebuilding our beloved nation. We are willing to help with our prayers, with our pockets (though we have little), with our programs in television and in radio, to disseminate information and counseling in areas where they are needed.

Our hearts are moved by these words of Christ and his examples mentioned in the Bible -

MATTHEW 5:7, 9 
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. 
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

MATTHEW 25:32-40 
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: 
33 And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. 
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 
35 For I was hungry, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: 
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me. 
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee hungry, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink? 
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee? 
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee? 
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

The Bible clarifies that there are indeed children of disobedience, given to the desires of the flesh.

EPHESIANS 2:2-3 
2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: 
3 Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

That there is spiritual wickedness in high places that one must struggle against.

EPHESIANS 6:12 
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

The Creator of life clearly abhors the works of the flesh mentioned in these verses -

GALATIANS 5:19-21 
19 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 
20 Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies,
21 Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.

“And such like” would easily accommodate drug-dealing, pushing, using – the first, the second, and the third, because they destroy lives. The Bible summarizes lusts of men as sin and gives an injunction to cease.

Focusing on what we can do, I was saying, rehabilitation, if not impossible, is very difficult without the serious concern of the victim and the people around him. And this is where spiritual help can come in.

Living in Christ is a renewed life – a great part of change that the Duterte administration promised.

I PETER 4:1-3 
1 Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; 
2 That he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of God. 
3 For the time past of our life may suffice us to have wrought the will of the Gentiles, when we walked in lasciviousness, lusts, excess of wine, revellings, banquetings, and abominable idolatries:

If we pay attention to these drug addicts and help in their rehabilitation, it is doing the work for Christ.

PROVERBS 19:17 
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

All these afore-cited verses are words of God. We can draw strength and hope from them to help the victims of drug addiction!

President Rodrigo Duterte and Power that God Allows


After everything has been said and done, after all criticisms and praises, and flattering from the public, whether they be genuinely felt or said just to impress and catch the attention of the now popular President, may I add something which I believe is the most important ingredient of peace, justice, and order. This is the fear of God and the help of God Almighty.

A respectful fear of the Lord comes as a natural consequence of knowing him. When one becomes aware he is accountable to someone greater than himself, he develops a kind of fear toward him whom he is accountable.

God said in the Bible that leaders rule under Him!

PROVERBS 8:16 
By me princes rule, and nobles, even all the judges of the earth.

There is no power that did not come from God or God did not allow.

JOHN 19:10-11 
10 Then saith Pilate unto him, Speakest thou not unto me? knowest thou not that I have power to crucify thee, and have power to release thee? 
11 Jesus answered, Thou couldest have no power at all against me, except it were given thee from above: therefore he that delivered me unto thee hath the greater sin.

It is not easy to judge and say that a particular government is God-inspired or God-allowed or tolerated. The government of Pilate, according to our Lord Jesus Christ, even though a corrupt government emanating from the Roman Empire, was allowed by God. It was tolerated by God to achieve His divine purpose of sacrificing His Son to redeem the sins of humanity. Christ died under Roman laws through the instigation of the people that have misunderstood the Law of Moses. In the Law of Moses, only criminals - the offenders of the law - must die.

HEBREWS 10:28 
He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses:

Christ did not transgress any law in Israel but He was put to death because of envy and power struggle. His death came from the sentence of a corrupt leader of the Roman Empire. But in spite of the fact that, that government was not God-inspired, it was permitted by God to exist to make way for His divine purpose.

In the Philippines
I cannot say that the government of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo was God-inspired nor was the government of Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III because there were alleged corruptions that happened in those administrations - much like almost all regimes that ruled the Philippines for the last one hundred years.

I am thinking that under the government of Gloria Arroyo, I suffered the most persecution and injustice in all my life, not only because of her but also because of the most bitter of my religious enemies. I then hoped such injustice would be corrected in the government of then President Benigno Aquino III.

Though we cannot say that these two previous regimes were not God-inspired, I believe they were allowed by God to bring me to where I am now. Through the persecutions done in the time of Gloria Arroyo, I was forced to leave the country, go on exile and finally found myself preaching to thirsty souls of other nations, embracing the faith I have in the Lord Jesus Christ. Truth to tell, I have not imagined of this – in their proportions – even in my wildest dreams.

MATTHEW 10:23 
But when they persecute you in this city, flee ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

I fervently believe that what happened in the reigns of President Arroyo and President Noynoy Aquino concerning my person is God's way of telling me that salvation is not only meant for Filipinos as recorded in the prophecy of Zechariah.

ZECHARIAH 8:7 
Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will save my people from the east country, and from the west country;

The prophecy definitely is coming into reality. After having established His people in the east, now the establishment of His people in the west is definitely taking place.

The New Government
What is in store and what can I say about the new government of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte? I felt the sincerity of him as I listened very attentively to the inaugural speech of the President. This is the first time in my life that the speech of a president touched my heart. While listening to him, I was asking God to help him. "God, please help this man," was my prayer with tears in my eyes and with joy in my heart.

As he, himself, said it, President Duterte will not succeed without the help of the entire country. I believe so.

But there’s something very important that I would like to add: No leader will succeed without the help of God. In the Bible, there are some examples. Forsaken by his friends, deserted by most trusted aids, disowned even by his biological sons, David succeeded in leading Israel by the help of God.

PSALMS 109:4-5 
4 For my love they are my adversaries: but I give myself unto prayer. 
5 And they have rewarded me evil for good, and hatred for my love.

I KINGS 11:4 
For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.

The President has said it was destiny that placed him where he is now and he has acknowledged God. Fear of Him and His help will see the President through.

May God bless you and help you, President Duterte! The entire membership of the Church of God International is rooting for you and ready to help in your quest for renewal. For the betterment of the entire Philippines, we will contribute our share in your call for change, with God's help. With just a call or mere mention, let us know if there's anything we can help you with.

Thank you. Our prayers are with you.

I TIMOTHY 2:1-4 
1 I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; 
For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. 
For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; 
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.



Sincerely yours,

Brother Eli

Shameless Journalists Breaking the Code of Ethics


It is easy to put up slogans like “Legal, honest, and truthful,” “In the service of the Filipino worldwide,” “Not siding with anyone, not protecting anyone; no untruths, just purely service!”

But that is not how people experience the output of news media giants these days. Is it?

In fact the Presidente-elect Rody Duterte said “pera-pera lang yan!” (It’s all about money!)


Here are excerpts from Duterte’s talk to media -

Let’s be frank. I am saying these without excuses. No apologies, no nothing. You like to hear it? Fine. If not, so be it. That’s the truth. Let’s not fool each other. You already know it: they abound - the vultures pretending to be journalists!

The problem is every son of a bitch who claims to be journalist makes money out of it, milking money, extorting money from the people… and he is killed and he is glorified because he is a journalist. There is always a paid hack. It is not only in other professions. Do not ever think that you are in a field of purity. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XXRTdljXljA)

I am quite certain that the President-elect Duterte has had experiences similar to mine when he said about media in the Philippines (referring to giant networks) as "pera-pera lang yan!"(It’s all about money!).

Examples
Why will a network intentionally put in its news and international at that, a particular restaurant as serving good food when there are many that serve better? Doesn’t it follow that the journalist will profit from this news-riding advertisement?

Merriam Webster terms this as advertorial - an advertisement in the form of editorial content. Accordingly, the term "advertorial" is a blend of the words "advertisement" and "editorial." It is really an advertisement but with the face of news! How deceptive!

And why do we underscore this? Because news is supposed to be objective (no money involved) and advertisement is hard-sell (money is involved). So it is important that one must not dress up as another.

Why not let the restaurant owner buy space or time to advertise his restaurant? That way, it will appear as true-blue advertisement and not as news. And why does the Editor-in-Chief approve of such injustice to other restaurants?

By accepted universal standards, businesses must advertise their products or service and not ride on as news! What obtains is fooling the public! The audience can tell because it starts as news and eventually there goes the hype!

But what about those who cannot discern? Are they your target audience? What about those trusting in you that you deliver your service according to your slogan of honesty? Of truthfulness? Of being of service to the people? The reason behind may be... "pera-pera lang yan!"

Not newsworthy
There are items posted, printed, and broadcast by news media that are not newsworthy! Gossips about screen personalities like impending split of celebrities, the fight of two jealous contenders for a man in the fourth street of Bangkusay, a street vendor having a boxing spree with another vendor - these will not benefit viewers and readers. This is gossipmongering that is prohibited in the Bible!

PROVERBS 16:28 (GNB) 
Gossip is spread by wicked people; they stir up trouble and break up friendships.

Fairness is a must especially in investigative journalism. While it is public interest and a right to know things about a popular person in the government, in the private sector, and in the religious world, both good and bad accounts about a person must be published by media practicing fair journalism! There is then balance in reporting.

II CORINTHIANS 6:8 
By honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true;

Focusing on the negative
Choosing to always cover one-sided reports about a person is unfair!

Brother Eli has been the subject of evil reports by media networks in the Philippines, sometimes the subject of headlines in some newspapers! Of the multiple cases filed by religious adversaries of Brother Eli in Philippine courts, most are reported as news and intended to malign him. However, when the case is dismissed or where Brother Eli is exonerated, there is no news about it, leaving an imbalance – like presenting to the public that I am an evil person - a menace to society! Is that the truth of it?

Here are some of those that media chose to ignore:

1. Criminal Case No. QO4-126059 (For Libel). This case was filed on March 31, 2004 by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) represented by Bienvenido C. Santiago against Ang Dating Daan program discussants Joselito Mallari and Wilfredo Santiago, and was finally judged on February 15, 2015. In a 13-page decision penned by Presiding Judge Manuel B. Sta. Cruz, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court, NCJR, Branch 226, Joselito “Josel” Mallari and Wilfredo “Willy” Santiago are acquitted of the crime of Libel for failure of the prosecution to prove all the elements of the crime charged, thus failing to establish the guilt of the accused beyond reasonable doubt. DISMISSED

2. Criminal Case 5957 (For Libel). At the Regional Trial Court, Fourth Judicial Region, Branch 76 of San Mateo Rizal, Philippines, this case sought a motion to declare accused Eliseo Soriano a fugitive from justice and to issue a hold departure against him. Judge Josephine Zarate Fernandez on August 31, 2007 denied the motion. Soriano’s counsel had underscored that his client is under intense persecution by the INC, explaining his failure to return to the country. DENIED 

3. Criminal Case 06-248365 (For Libel). At the Regional Trial Court, National Capital Region, Branch 8, Manila, this case sought a motion to declare accused Eliseo Soriano a fugitive from justice. 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.” DENIED

4. Criminal Case 5957 (For Libel). 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. ACQUITTED 

5. Criminal Case 06-248365 (For Libel) that failed to get its motion to declare the preacher as fugitive from justice, was archived. ARCHIVED 

6. Criminal Cases Nos. 2002-4236-MK (For attempted murder). Bernardo Santiago of the Iglesia ni Cristo had filed a case of attempted murder against Bro. Eli Soriano and his companions. According to the order dismissing the case, the prosecution presented Witnesses Glen Fernandez and Rommel Elbambuena who both heard one of the accused say, “Patayin yan! Patayin yan! Utos ni Ingkong!” (Kill him! Kill him! Order of Ingkong!). Ingkong is a monicker for Bro. Eli Soriano. Judge Geraldine Fiel-Macaraig of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 192 of Marikina City, however, dismissed the case for insufficiency of evidence on February 11, 2010. Conspiracy was not proven. DISMISSED 

7. Criminal Case No. Q-05-136679 (For Libel). Ramil T. Parba as representative of the Iglesia ni Cristo along with Marianito Cayao and Bernardo Santiago, accused Eliseo Soriano and his companions, Danilo Navales, Jocel Mallari, Wilfredo Santiago and Luzviminda Cruz, of libel in a program aired on January 21, 2005. 

In a 15-page decision signed on February 11, 2014 by Judge Jose G. Paneda of the Regional Trial Court, Branch 220 of the National Capital Judicial Region of Quezon City, Bro. Eliseo Soriano and his co-hosts at UNTV37 are acquitted of the crime of libel. 

Comments are considered privileged communication when the subject in question is a public figure whose calling gives the public a legitimate interest in its doings, the decision said. DISMISSED.

Always Alert when Negative
But what is suspicious is that when a case filed by an enemy progressed or when Brother Eli is denied of his appeals, these media giants are the first to report them!

Isn’t it logical to think that these media are being paid for or influenced by Brother Eli's detractors? "Pera-pera lang ba yan?" Ewan ko. Alam nila yan! The involved know about it, for sure.

What’s Newsworthy?
It is not only the legal battle of Brother Eli with influential religions that is news worthy. There are a number of charitable works and community services being led by Brother Eli that did not merit the attention of these media giants. Maybe nobody paid them to put in their news line-up these newsworthy items!

a. MCGI as Number 1 Blood Donor: On average, around 10,000 blood units are amassed yearly by Members Church of God International (MCGI), which it donates to government and non-government organizations. (https://www.elisoriano.com/ang-dating-daan-supports-blood-donor-day/)



b. Distribution Partner of PBS: Bro. Eli is a lifetime member, regular donor and major distribution partner of the Philippine Bible Society. The congregation that he leads gives out free Bibles.

c. Free college project: La Verdad. La Verdad was first established in Apalit, Pampanga in 2009, envisioning an “institution that ensures quality learning and biblical moral standards.” 

Abroad, La Verdad campuses in Ghana and Liberia were inaugurated in 2012 to extend free education to African natives. In 2014, Bro. Eli offered scholarship grants to Yolanda victims in the country, apart from the regular scholarships being offered.

Other MCGI projects with focus on education, with constant media partner, UNTV, include the Dunong-Gulong, a school-on- wheels project in support to DepEd’s Alternative Learning System, and the Manibela Academy, a roaming learning hub that provides driving and livelihood programs to the indigent. (https://www.elisoriano.com/bro-eli- offers-scholarship- grants-to-yolanda-victims/).



d. First in the country: The transient home project by the Kamanggagawa Foundation, a non-profit arm by the Members Church of God International (MCGI) caters to those unable to go home for the night. It has several of these in the country.




e. Infant Care Center of the MCGI. Established in 2012, this is a sanctuary for abandoned, neglected and abused infants.


f. Free Rides with vehicles plying the streets.


g. Daily free medical and dental clinic (http://www.mcgi.org/the-true-church-of-god/church-charities/)


While I cannot mention everything that we do, these are just examples of what could be reported on – and not the usual fare of tattler tales.

Address to Media
Because they cannot see clearly, this is the verse that these news media giants merit.

MATTHEW 23:24 (MKJV) 
Blind guides who strain out a gnat and swallow a camel!

Clearly, this is about contrast in size. The hypocrisy in all your slogans of honesty, truthfulness and service is that you so pay attention to petty matters and report them but ignore the weightier ones. 

You believe certain things that are really not important yet state that they are because it is to your selfish benefit.

What is important again about impending split of celebrities, the fight of two jealous contenders for a man in the fourth street of Bangkusay, a street vendor having a boxing spree with another vendor?

As media, aren’t you supposed to be guides to the common tao?

The Golden Rule: Principle that Jesus Taught in the Bible


We have always been hearing about the Golden Rule that says, “Do unto others what you would want them to do unto you.” This is taken from Matthew 7:12.

MATTHEW 7:12 
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

By all standards, this pronouncement of our Lord Jesus Christ is just, fair and equitable: "Do unto others what you would like others to do unto you." In simple Logic, Matthew 7:12 is also about -

"Do not do unto others what you would not like others to do unto you."

This is a plain and simple goodness that a free and thinking mind can easily understand. If you do not want to be hurt, you must not hurt others. If you want others to respect your rights, you have to respect the rights of others.

As we walk, reality has it that we have to sway our hands (arms). Scientifically, it is our body's way of maintaining proper equilibrium as we walk.

But we do not have to sway our hands (arms) to maintain balance to the extent of hitting another person's face, thus, depriving him of the same right that we are enjoying for ourselves. Respect for others is a necessary ingredient of peace in a civilized society.

I PETER 2:17 (NIV) 
Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.

By these simple standards of justice, we can easily judge that hurting other people especially the innocent is simply violating his inborn and natural right as a person. My heart grieves every time I hear news of this sort, that people who do not hurt others, who don't have any intention to hurt anybody, are being hurt.

 Hurting or causing any harm to innocent people is also causing harm and grief to them that love these people. What is worse is that the Creator of these people, who is the Creator of us all, is angered by this unjust act.

PROVERBS 14:31 
He that oppresseth the poor reproacheth his Maker: but he that honoreth him hath mercy on the poor.

PROVERBS 19:17 
He that hath pity upon the poor lendeth unto the LORD; and that which he hath given will he pay him again.

I am thinking that if you are going to hurt my mother, you are going to hurt me because I love her. And if I am going to hurt your mother, I am going to hurt you also because you love your mother. This is a very simple logic not understood by some religious fanatics who do not have respect for the right of others.

Let us look at this case – one reported out of fear but wanting exposure for truth. This was sent recently in Facebook to Sher Lock, one of the leading Iglesia ni Cristo Defenders who cry corruption within the INC. Ka Tenny mentioned here is the wife of the erstwhile Eraño Manalo, second generation Executive Minister of the INC, and the very mother of Eduardo Manalo, current Executive Minister.





In photo: Ka Tenny (Left) and her sister, Tita Ayds

There’s no way of verifying the truth of this story but news in the past affirms consistency of Eduardo Manalo’s neglect of his very own mother and rejection of his very own siblings. Since he had excommunicated his own mother and siblings, he uses the Bible to affirm his actions. He had refused to talk to them -

Matthew 12:46-50 (KJV) 
46 While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him. 
47 Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee. 
48 But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren? 
49 And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren! 
50 For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.

In a report written by Jaymee T. Gamil (“Iglesia row flares up anew at QC property,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, 6/12/2016), guards were posted by the Iglesia ni Cristo barring the delivery of food and water at 36 Tandang Sora Avenue at Quezon City. This is the home of Eraño Manalo’s family where the expelled siblings of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo remain holed up almost a year.

You would think this is family where children are involved, and would the Executive Minister deprive them of water and food? This is the home where you used to belong, the family of your father and your own blood mother and siblings. And would you deny them the right to water and food? 

Fortunately, there is still the Bayanihan Spirit among their members who fought it out to attend to those beleaguered inside. One day in June, they resolved to balance this deprivation.

I have known since my childhood that Filipinos are compassionate, hospitable, and kind. Our tradition of "bayanihan" proves this!

Bayanihan as defined, refers to the spirit of communal unity, work and cooperation to achieve a particular goal. Here’s a painting originally by Carlos “Botong” V. Francisco depicting the bayanihan spirit.


When 36 Tandang Sora Avenue of Quezon City was constantly crying for help, some braved it out to bring in food and water supplies on a set date – despite the guards around.

But how about this? The source is international. Originally written by CBC News of Canadian Broadcasting Corp, “Filipino man claims death threats from members of powerful Christian church” is about an un-ordained minister of the INC fleeing his former religion for his exposes about corruption (https://ca.news.yahoo.com/filipino-man-claims-death-threats-090006032.html).

Receiving death threats from a message placed on his parked car one day in March of this year, Lowell Menorca II and his family flew to Vietnam and then to Thailand.


The death threat was sent using Menorca’s family photo with a March 7 date, the face of his daughter marked with an “X” (Tetch Torres-Tupas, “Ex-INC minister who accused sect leaders goes missing — lawyer,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, 4/7/2016).

His pregnant wife and child were left behind while he sought refuge in Canada. Meanwhile, the INC lawyer was instructed to deny the charges in Canada and to disprove threat. Menorca claims he is still being stalked in Canada.

The same source says –

Iglesia Ni Cristo is the third largest faith in the Philippines after Catholicism and Islam, and it has hundreds of churches around the world, including many in Canada.

The INC preaches these are "the last days," and only its members will be saved. According to the church's doctrines, to be expelled means losing your salvation.

This may explain why despite what is being revealed about this organization, the members still stay and fight “to revert the INC to its old glory,” desperately taunting Eduardo Manalo and his leadership.

I am a Filipino and I know real Filipinos. I am old enough, being 70 years old, to know the kind of people Filipinos are. It is not common for Filipinos to kill fellow Filipinos, but religious influence make some Filipinos lose that value.

This is especially so to some denominations who consider themselves Christians, killing or causing harm to others, denominated also as Christians.

In my own case, it is public knowledge that ministers of the INC had been expressing their death wish over me in Net25. Is it because I tell the truth? It is my duty to expose untruths. It is part and parcel of my calling. Now, would you kill me for that? 

Caught on tape making death threats

What was not common among Filipinos of the past, is now a common scenario because of different false religious beliefs introduced to Filipinos, and that is "Do unto others what you would not like others to do unto you!"

Eastern religions give their rule as follows -

Confucianism: "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you." (Analects 15:23)

Hindusim: “This is the sum of duty: do not do to others what would cause pain if done to you.” (Mahabharata 5:1517)

Buddhism: “Hurt not others in ways that you yourself would find hurtful." (Udanavarga 5:18)

I hope only for a Divine intervention to rid the Philippines of this demonic brutality of killing people especially the innocent because of religious perversions!

JOHN 16:2-3 
2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, thetime cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service. 
3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.

MATTHEW 23:15 
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.

These verses clearly illustrate the influence of false religions to humanity!