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Key figures in the 2015 Iglesia ni Cristo controversy: Where are they now?

Jul 27, 2019 - 1:47 PM

Personalities involved in the 2015 controversy that hit the influential religious group are detained, granted refugee status, or in hiding except for the INC executive minister

Mother of expelled INC member granted refugee status in Canada

Jul 26, 2018 - 1:28 PM

Fredisminda Menorca is the mother of Lowell Menorca II who allegedly was abducted and detained as ordered by the leadership of the influential church

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

Sep 23, 2017 - 9:30 AM

Two years after the controversy in the Iglesia ni Cristo broke out, ex-members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono have filed refugee claims in Canada. One has been successful so far.

SEEKING PROTECTION. Ex-INC members Lowell Menorca II and Rovic Canono seek protection in Canada.

Suspected anti-Iglesia blogger arrested

Nov 13, 2016 - 4:12 PM

Rovic Canono is arrested over a case allegedly instigated by the INC Canono is suspected to be behind the critical blogs against the powerful church an allegation he denies

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo

Looking back: One year after the INC protests

Aug 27, 2016 - 10:00 AM

A year ago members of the Iglesia took to the streets in a show of force after controversies and internal conflict rocked the influential church

SHOW OF FORCE. INC members gather at the intersection of Edsa and Shaw Blvd in August 2015. Photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler

Habeas corpus petition for ex-INC church worker's house help junked

Jun 08, 2016 - 9:36 PM

The parents of Abegail Yanson house help of ex Iglesia ni Cristo church worker Lowell Menorca had accused the Menorcas of illegally detaining their daughter

HABEAS CORPUS. The parents of Abegail Yanson, house help of former Iglesia church worker Lowell Menorca II, claimed the Menorcas were keeping Abegail under illegal detention. Screen grab from video courtesy of incdefenders.org

Iglesia lawyers to court: Menorca's amparo case moot

Mar 28, 2016 - 1:46 PM

But lawyers of the expelled church worker want the amparo petition which seeks to grant Menorca protection archived for 2 years

SUBMITTED FOR RESOLUTION. After more than 5 months, the petition for writ of amparo filed by relatives of ex-INC church worker Lowell Menorca II has been submitted for resolution. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Ex-INC member Menorca: No hope for justice in PH

Mar 26, 2016 - 1:20 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Menorca says he plans to seek help from a higher court and international agencies to ensure the safety of his family

NO JUSTICE. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo church worker Lowell Menorca II wipes his tears inside his car as he resisted his arrest from Manila police on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

INC: Menorca a 'fugitive,' robbed Iglesia of chance to expose lies

Mar 07, 2016 - 4:50 PM

The Iglesia ni Cristo says the former church worker fled the country to escape libel cases and has been seen in Vietnam

IN VIETNAM? INC spokesperson Edwil Zabal speaks with a couple from Ho Chi Minh who claims they saw the Menorcas leave Manila for Vietnam. Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Ex-Iglesia church worker Lowell Menorca is missing – lawyers

Mar 07, 2016 - 12:34 PM

His lawyers have not been able to contact Menorca and his family since Sunday night

MISSING. In this November 2015 photo, former INC evangelical worker Lowell Menorca II shows up at the Court of Appeals for a hearing on the writs of amparo and habeas corpus filed by his relatives. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Menorca slams 'clear pattern' in libel complaints against him

Mar 04, 2016 - 6:57 PM

The former evangelical worker says he was informed of another libel complaint against him – but maintains he has yet to receive a copy of the complaint

LIBEL COMPLAINTS. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca listens to an investigator as he read the warrant of arrest on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

CHR: Probe 'irregularities' in arrest of ex-INC minister

Jan 27, 2016 - 5:37 PM

The Commission on Human Rights says authorities should investigate the complaints of ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II who was arrested by plainclothes policemen last week

Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana negotiates with ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Iglesia to Menorca: Prove actual threat to your life

Jan 26, 2016 - 3:09 PM

As the ex minister takes the witness stand at the Court of Appeals for the first time INC lawyers want him to prove actual instead of speculative threats

Former Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) minister Lowell Menorca relates how he was allegedly detained by his fellow INC members during a press conference at the Bayview Hotel in Roxas Boulevard, Manila on Sunday. File photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Menorca: I won't file charges vs Eduardo Manalo

Jan 22, 2016 - 10:22 PM

Former Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca II believes it is only God who can judge the executive minister of the 101 year old church

NOTHING AGAINST MANALO. Former INC minister Lowell Menorca II and his wife Jinky face members of the media on January 22 after he posted bail in relation to his two libel complaints. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca released

Jan 22, 2016 - 4:48 PM

UPDATED Hours before his release he receives a subpoena requiring him to attend a hearing on March 4 supposedly stemming from a 3rd libel case – in Cavite

LIBEL CASES. Ex-Iglesia ni Cristo minister Lowell Menorca with Manila Police District (MPD) Chief Rolando Nana arrives at the MPD Station 5 after he was arrested because of a libel complaint filed against him. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Jinky Menorca slams husband's arrest as 'overkill'

Jan 21, 2016 - 5:41 PM

Jinky Menorca says the unexpected arrest of her husband ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II was traumatic for the family especially for her two year old daughter

APPEAL. Jinky Menorca, wife of ex-Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca II, slammed her husband's arrest as 'overkill.' Photo by Katerina Francisco/Rappler

Menorca dares INC officials: Show up in court

Jan 21, 2016 - 2:00 PM

Kaya mo bang sabihin na Sanggunian Ka Eduardo ipakita natin sa buong mundo na hindi tayo angat sa batas? asks ex INC minister Lowell Menorca II

ARRESTED. Ex-INC minister Lowell Menorca II arrives at Manila Police District Station 5 with MPD Chief Rolando Nana on January 20, 2016. Photo by Lito Boras /Rappler

Jinky Menorca: Husband's arrest is INC attempt to block testimony

Jan 20, 2016 - 5:02 PM

The former Iglesia minister was supposed to appear before the Court of Appeals on Wednesday morning before he was arrested by plainclothes policemen

Ex-INC Minister Lowell Menorca is secured by police officers led by Manila Police Director Rolando Nana (left) after he was presented a warrant of arrest for libel on Wednesday, January 20. Menorca was brought to MPD Station 5 at Luneta Park. Photo by Lito Boras/Rappler

Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo

Dec 23, 2015 - 10:00 AM

Over 100 years old no one ever imagined the INC was in the throes of dissension in 2015 with no less than members of the family entangled in a bitter quarrel

Testimony of ex-minister Menorca postponed as INC raises objections

Dec 01, 2015 - 2:30 PM

The INC camp has 117 objections to Menorca s long winded affidavit prompting the court to adjourn proceedings

AFFIDAVIT QUESTIONED. In this photo, former INC minister Lowell Menorca arrives at the Court of Appeals for the first hearing on the petitions for writs of habeas corpus and amparo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sibling of ‘abducted’ minister to INC Council: Free my brother

Jul 30, 2015 - 7:04 PM

Anthony brother of Iglesia minister Lowell Menorca says his older sibling was forced to deny his abduction

BROTHERS. Anthony Menorca surfaces to say his elder brother Lowell said things in an Iglesia interview while under duress. Photo sourced by Rappler

Minister denies abduction, torture charges in INC-run TV show

Jul 29, 2015 - 7:20 PM

Previously reported to be ready to tell all Menorca surfaces to say he is safe and thanks the INC executive minister for the care extended to him A close friend of his however says the statements are made under duress

Screengrab from Net 25's Eagle News

'Abducted' INC minister released from Cavite jail

Jul 26, 2015 - 12:41 PM

UPDATED In a text message to Rappler Public Attorney s Office head Persida Acosta says the complaint against the Iglesia ni Cristo minister was withdrawn