By Jane Abao Manila, Philippines (3/8/2014) – The court is not at all convinced that there exists a case for libel when making remarks from the reading of a Supreme Court Decision over a crime committed on a public figure’s grounds. 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 were acquitted of the crime of libel even when they were calling the chapel of the Iglesia ni Cristo, “killing fields” and “katayan.” 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.
The new provincial prosecutor of Pampanga rejected Soriano's defense that the accusations against him were “fabricated, baseless and malicious.” He claims that the new prosecutor was backed by the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Eliseo "Eli" Soriano and two others were charged with falsification of public document at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office for allegedly faking the certificate of detention in order to post bail for his rape charges.
The decision signed on February 11, 2014 by Judge Paneda, said there is no finding as to the liability of the accused and as to the existence of the crime of libel for failure of the prosecution to prove their guilt beyond reasonable doubt, the court said. Parba as representative of the Iglesia ni Cristo along with Marianito Cayao and Bernardo Santiago, accused Eliseo Soriano, Danilo Navales, Jocel Mallari, and Luzviminda Cruz, of libel in Criminal Case No.
Q-05-136679 for a program aired on January 21, 2005.
Ano ang itinuturo ng Iglesia ng Dios na pakikitungo sa mga taong hindi kaisa ng pananampalataya o kaibayo sa pananampalataya? How do members of the Church of God deal with people who are not in the Church and those who are adversaries of the church?
Incidentally, private complainants Bernardo Santiago and Marianito Cayao were excommunicated by Bro.
Eli Soriano from Ang Dating Daan congregation, after which they joined the Iglesia ni Cristo. 2002-4236-MK for attempted murder accusing Eliseo Soriano et al. Fiel-Macaraig of the National Capital Judicial Region, Branch 192 of Marikina City for insufficiency of evidence.
A clergyman with his flock, an admiral with his fleet, a general with his army, a judge with his jury.
We are, all of us, the subject of public discussion…..
Beginning with the broadcast of Ang Tamang Daan on June 11, 2001, INC (through SBN 21, and later Net 25, INC TV, and INC Cable TV) and MCGI (through SBN 21 and later UNTV Channel 37) aired their accusations and responses to each other's statements. These demons are lying too much.] In attempts to end the conflict between the two groups, a number of debate arrangements had been in talks on different occasions.