12063877_1624672567796734_2670566056591244341_nOn September 7, 2009, a week after Ka Erano G. Manalo passed away, eldest son Eduardo V. Manalo assumed the office of the Executive Minister of the Church of Christ (Iglesia Ni Cristo). He has been described as “compassionate” and a good “listener”; firm in implementing Church rules and discipline. He has reportedly emphasized:

“Wala akong iibahin sa sinimulan ng Sugo at itinaguyod ng Tatay” (I will not change anything from what the god’s Last Messenger began and what my father continued to uphold), because all that they laid down for the Church have always been based on Church doctrines and regulations, in accordance with God’s teachings written in the Bible.

It is said:

“From 2009 to 2014, in just five years, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo already established ten ecclesiastical districts outside the Philippines, namely: United Kingdom, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Middle East, UAE, North East Asia, China, Southeast Asia I, Southeast Asia II, and Australia; ten ecclesiastical districts in the Philippines including Palawan North, Bulacan South, Tarlac North, Laguna East, and reorganizing Metro Manila into six districts: Metro Manila East, Metro Manila West, Metro Manila South, Metro Manila North, Quezon City and Central; and ordained more than 2,000 new ministers of the Gospel.

Also hundreds of new locale congregations were established in different parts of the globe as a result of the intensive evangelical missions launched worldwide. The Church Administration also built hundreds of new houses of worship in the Philippines and in different countries worldwide.

As part of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Centennial Celebration, Brother Eduardo inaugurated the Engineering and Construction Department Building, the Pilar Manalo-Danao Multimedia Center, and the Legal-Finance Building (Honorata De Guzman-Manalo Building). All of these are inside the Central Office complex.

At the height of the Centennial celebration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Church Of Christ inaugurated the Ciudad de Victoria complex and the two gigantic structures inside its vicinity (the Philippine Arena and the Philippine Sports Stadium) last July 21, 2014. The Philippine Arena with 55,000 seating-capacities is said to be the largest indoor arena in the world.

Just recently, immediately after the week-long centennial celebration, Brother Eduardo established three more ecclesiastical districts: Laguna South (Sta.Cruz), Cavite North and Pampanga East. This makes Pampanga as the very first ecclesiastical district and the 100th ecclesiastical district in the Philippines.”

In the Philippine Star of December 15, 2015, it is written:

‘MANILA, Philippines – The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has declared an “unprecedented growth” over the past six years under the leadership of executive minister Eduardo Manalo.

A total of 1,091 chapels have been built and renovated all over the country since Manalo took over the church’s leadership in September 2009 after the passing of his father, Eraño Manalo, in August 2009, INC spokesman Edwil Zabala said.

New chapels were built in Caloocan, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Navotas, Pasay, Pasig, Taguig and Quezon City and the provinces.’

It is thus concluded :

“Truly, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo’s leadership is God-inspired.”

Or is he really?  Let’s put it in perspective. To put short an already long narrative, the only thing EVM did, to put it bluntly,  was to spend  the Church funds started by the Sugo and carefully preserved by his predecessor and father Ka Erdy.  The only funding he initiated was the Lingap (that incidentally started all this corruption mess).  The logic is simple, if EVM did not have the funding of his predecessors, would he have managed all these so called accomplishments?  Definitely not. Spending money is easy. You and I can do it.  But to save and manage it is another thing.  Not anyone can do it.  Much more so when the saving is based on offerings where “giving” is purely voluntary.  You need to have convincing power, you need to be able to persuade the other person that “giving” is to his benefit.  You need to be able to let him “believe”, have “faith.” All of these factors were inherent with his predecessors. Sorry to say but it ended there. It ended when “offerings” started to have  priority over the person giving the offering.

Before closing, let’s touch a little on EVM’s declaration, “Wala akong iibahin sa sinimulan ng Sugo at itinaguyod ng Tatay”

Ever hear Hip-Hop as Christian music initiated by Ka Erdy?  A separate Lingap envelope for our Tanging Handugan?  A box to collect our abuloys during pagsamba instead of the deacons and deaconesses?  Rescheduling pagsamba to give way to a movie screening inside the chapel?  Want more?

Good night barks Goofy! Meow says Katy.  Happy Holidays dearest friends and brethren. Take care.