Blogging for Truth and Exposing Evil
Thanks for the award. My best appreciation to the organizers of the Philippine Blogging Awards 2015 for whatever award is in store for my blog site. They told me "it is a surprise." May God bless you!
I write not to be awarded honors from humans though. If awards come, they serve to extend my purpose of reaching out to more and more.
Early in the turn of this century, I found myself writing which activity I do not usually do. I was on forced exile then but I cannot stop preaching. It was then the commencement of what we now call "blogs" classified in different categories, and in my particular case I wrote about religion and society. So I began to write because my preaching was being restrained by persecutions in my country.
Although hesitant at the beginning, I felt the urgency of expressing my faith, my belief, my grievances, my dislikes, my opinions, in the web because of the so many ills and wrongs of society to which I am a living witness. There is especially deceit and hypocrisy in what is regarded as the highest institution of morale in this planet that is religion.
I have written articles discussing religious beliefs, perceptions to truth, and inventions of lies, using the Bible as a tool. I know that almost, if not all religions, use the Bible as the standard of instruction. Even atheists attempt to use it for their own agenda. I have all the reason from the Bible and its teachings - from the prophets of old to the latest evangelists - to condemn commercialization in religion. For why should it be?
The heads thereof judge for reward, and the priests thereof teach for hire, and the prophets thereof divine for money: yet will they lean upon the LORD, and say, Is not the LORD among us? none evil can come upon us.
26 For among my people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men.
27 As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich.
II CORINTHIANS 2:17 (RSV)
For we are not, like so many, peddlers of God’s word; but as men of sincerity, as commissioned by God, in the sight of God we speak in Christ.
As warned by Jeremiah, wicked men set up traps in their houses of deceit and that is how they became rich and great. In order to carry on commercialization, men corrupt the word of God. Time and again, I would attack such acts as witnessed by my blogs.
Because of my approach, my blogs earn for me a host of enemies and detractors using the web not to refute the biblical principles I am preaching but to destroy my person. They attacked me with false accusations and all sorts of defamation but one by one these are being dismissed by courts in the Philippines where invented criminal cases were filed against me.
Allow me to repeat the list of those dismissed cases that I previously mentioned –
(1) Libel case (Criminal Case 5957) – DISMISSED.
The INC complainants headed by Bernardo Santiago failed to prove “beyond reasonable doubt” that there was malice in the statements purportedly uttered by Soriano in his televised broadcast on Sept. 7, 2001. This case 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. (Courts Acquit Bro. Eli for the Second Time this Year on Cases Filed by Iglesia ni Cristo Members, www. kotawinters.wordpress.com, 5/2/2014)
(02) Attempted Murder (Criminal Cases Nos. 2002-4236-MK) – DISMISSED.
Bernardo Santiago of the Iglesia ni Cristo had filed a case of attempted murder against Bro. Eli Soriano and his companions. Docketed as Criminal Cases Nos. 2002-4236-MK and referring to September 4, 2001, the same date he and Dr. Pascua were visiting the Jimenez couple, private complainant Bernardo Santiago alleged that accused Soriano acted in conspiracy with the others to kill him.
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. (Bro. Eli Soriano wins Case Vs. Iglesia ni Cristo: “Killing Fields” and “Katayan” Comment not Libelous, kotawinters.wordpress.com, 3/8/2014)
(03) 1st Motion to Declare Eliseo Soriano as Fugitive from Justice – DENIED.
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. https://kotawinters.wordpress.com/tag/josephine-zarate-fernandez/
(04) 2nd Motion to Declare Eliseo Soriano as Fugitive from Justice – DENIED.
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. (Eli Soriano Not Fugitive from Justice: Two Courts Deny Motions. www.kotawinters.wordpress.com, 10/22/2014)
(05) Criminal Case No. QO4-126059 for Libel – ACQUITTED.
A topic on “Eternal Life” led two panelists of the Ang Dating Daan TV program discussing news items mentioning Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members as killers. Eternal life would not accommodate such people, they concluded.
Joselito Mallari and Wilfredo Santiago were commenting on three news items published in three local newspapers in their TV program. As a result the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) represented by Bienvenido C. Santiago filed charges against them on March 31, 2004 for the crime of libel.
The complaint accused these panelists of “intending to convey malicious and offensive insinuations and imputations that are destructive and tends to destroy the name and reputation of the Iglesia ni Cristo with no good justifiable motive but solely for the purposes of maligning, besmirching the name, honor, character and reputation of said offended party and to expose them as in fact they were exposed to public hatred and ridicule to their damage and prejudice.”
The court, however, acquitted these Ang Dating Daan TV panelists recently.
In a 13-page decision penned by Presiding Judge Manuel B. Sta. Cruz, Jr. of the Regional Trial Court, NCJR, Branch 226 for Criminal Case No. QO4-126059, 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. (Court Acquits ADD “Eternal Life” Discussants from Libel Charge, https://kotawinters.wordpress.com)
Some broadsheets and tabloids have covered these cases like People’s tonight. Here were other cases dismissed (From our records at Legal Department) –
(06) People of the Philippines (Elma Morales) vs. EFS / Libel / RTC Marikina br. 193 / Crim Case No. 2002-4178 – Dismissed on Oct. 29, 2004;
(07) People of the Philippines (Elma Morales) vs. EFS / Libel / RTC Marikina br. 193 / Crim Case No. 2002-4179 – Dismissed on Oct. 29, 2004;
(08) People of the Philippines (Elma Morales) vs. EFS / Libel / RTC Marikina br. 193 / Crim Case No. 2002-4180 – Dismissed on Oct. 29, 2004;
(09) People of the Philippines (Ber Santiago) vs. EFS / Attempted Murder / RTC Marikina br. 192 / Crim Case No. 2002-4463 – Dismissed on Feb. 11, 2010;
(10) Mayor Tirso G. Lacanilao V. EFS / Violation of Building Permit / Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, San Fernando Pampanga / I.S. # 07-B-506 – Dismissed on Feb. 15, 2011;
(11) Apalit Municipal Police Station et.al. vs. EFS et. al. / Obstruction of Justice / Office of the Provincial Prosecutor, San Fernando Pampanga/I.S. No. #: 05-L-3288-3289 – Dismissed on Aug. 24, 2010.
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
For all these unnecessary disturbance, I had been patient, getting comfort from the assurance of Christ that persecution is not the end of it all. The Lord would have to balance things as he promised for those speaking for truth.
I will repeat what I have said in a previous blog that if the record holder in this generation for the most number of false accusations and misdeeds pinned upon him is assessed, I would have to be that record holder. I believe I would be setting up an unprecedented record and be put in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most notorious or vile individual.
But thanks be to God for honest people who know how to discern truth from defamation, and truth from disinformation and jealousy.
For example, an uncorrupted source found faithful records stored by computers in a blog of mine worthy to be cited as the "Most Educational to Follow" in the Open Web Awards way back in 2009.
My blog (esoriano.wordpress.com) has consistently been nominated and had won these awards: (1) Most Educational to Follow (Mashable, 2009); (2) Most Popular Website, and People’s Choice in blogs category, 11th Philippine Web Awards, 2009); and (3) People’s Choice, 12th Philippine Web Awards, 2011.
3rd Mashable.com’s #OpenWebAwards (2009) – Most Educational to Follow
11th Philippine Web Awards (February 2009) – 2009 Most Popular Website and the People’s Choice in Blogs Category
12th Philippine Web Awards (2011) – People’s Choice Award
I have just started this controversyextraordinary.com blog that is being awarded “a surprise.” [The blog was awarded the "Overall People's Champion", a major prize, and "People's Choice Award in the Society and Politics Category" of the Bloggys 2015.]
Already in 3 months time, it had garnered more than 3 million views and now remains the Number 1 under Religion category. If it was entered in the #bloggys2015 contest, it is primarily to spread truth as I had intended it to – as always.
And thanks again for this latest surprise special award. I just want to reiterate and inculcate in the minds of my readers one thing I feel from the bottom of my heart. I write not to be awarded honors from humans. The most pleasing feeling for me is when a person - even if he is the poorest of the poor - is enlightened by the words of God that I never forget to present in each of the blog I compose.
Glory be to God.
Brother Eli Soriano