Category: Iglesia ni Cristo

Sect, power-brokers likely to decide polls: analysts

A religious sect and a handful of powerful political families could hold the key to the outcome of the Philippine presidential election, where incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo holds a narrow lead, analysts said. Ms Macapagal rose nearly four points to lead Fernando Poe, a hugely popular matinee idol with no political experience, by 35.3 percent to 30.8 percent, according to the Manila-based Social Weather Stations’ (SWS) poll of 1,400 likely voters Friday. With Ms Macapagal ahead by such a narrow margin of the mainly Roman Catholic nation’s 43.3 million-strong electorate, an important player is the Iglesia ni Kristo (Church of Christ),

Police dismiss cult links in massacre

Sun Star (Philippines), Mar. 13, 2003 By Victor L. Camion Police looking into the Tuesday morning massacre of four Iglesia ni Cristo members in Upper Batinguel, dismissed speculations that the killer could have been a member of a cult or a satanic group. Rumors of the alleged cult and its alleged murderous activities had spread like wildfire in the towns of Siaton, Zamboanguita and Dauin last month, but died out soon after. As of press time, investigators identified the killer only as a certain Omik, from Barangay Hiligaon, Siaton town who, before the incident, asked help for the return