It is written from the perspective that the ADD feel their leader is trapped in a context of convoluted systems: Some background of the events that followed are sandwiched for balance — things that Case Unclosed could not provide. Puto gets to persecute the man whose influence he had been using, whose identity he had been stealing, whose blessings he readily enjoyed.
He had the local courts of Pampanga behind him, the Department of Justice, the Interpol. Most recent in the queue is GMA7. The question that perplexes ADD is why this rascal is getting everything for himself and yet is going scotfree.
Meanwhile, the evangelist-in-a-hurry is leaving it all to his lawyers, and continues preaching worldwide while people think he should come home to face this mocked-up rape case against him. Case Unclosed that presented Soriano as making himself scarce, however, is not entitled to discuss the case.
Nevertheless, Arnold Clavio, the host of the program, went ahead and aired his half-a-data. Soriano earlier said he is determined to face the International Court of Human Rights if given the chance.
The program was unfair and more yet, the station acted as a vehicle to spread more lies, the ADD said. To the Ang Dating Daan, it presented just one side and risked the rights of the other. Soriano by someone he had excommunicated sometime in August The program extended to an hour with just Daniel Veridiano alias Puto presenting his side of the case.
Soriano, the Presiding Minister of the MCGI or Ang Dating Daan booted out Veridiano from the congregation after some reports of serial rape and exorbitant unauthorized use of church funds for personal wants. Incidentally, in his bid to be lifted off his suspension of Church membership, Veridiano found himself being videoed during the investigation process, the results of which were to be presented to the Presiding Minister for his decision-making.
After some months of observation and upon the recommendation of an investigation panel, Veridiano was excommunicated. Failing that, a member maybe excommunicated; and once excommunicated, one cannot appeal. Moreover, the program gave the opportunity for Puto to give out more lies and spew more made-up stories against Preacher Soriano who is out of the country since In such an instance the ADD felt twice aggrieved.
Closing the eyes Despite the fact that Puto admitted raping some of his subordinates as posted in YouTube, Arnold Clavio chose to close his eyes and instead honored Puto, as a credible witness. It was not even one, or two, or three victims for Puto whom Soriano said was given many chances to change. Clavio was the host of that Case Unclosed program of GMA7, obviously shown with careless abandon like it was safe to hit Preacher Soriano and get away with it unscathed.
Never did Clavio try to establish the credibility of his resource person by challenging his statements. For that program, Clavio simply let the statements of Veridiano pass — a no-no for investigative journalism. For example, Clavio did not bother asking why Veridiano was excommunicated from the church and if that was true. Clavio should have done that for the audience if he wanted to show even a semblance of fairness.
Clavio began it all like he had no obligation to hear the other side of the story. The attempts at Interpol-assistance obviously failed the Iglesia ni Cristo for by that time, Bro. At that time, I feared him greatly because whatever he asks from you, you must oblige.
You need to oblige; if not, it is as if you get cursed; as if something grave will happen to you if you do not do what he requires you to do — this so-called messenger of God. Shortly thereafter, the channel issued a denial that it was biased and that it was intrusive of the case. It also declared a welcome note that the channel is open to present the side of Bro.
Soriano in the future. The ADD thinks the presentation is biased; it is intrusive. The case is still open. You cannot right that wrong with a second part on another date and say it is the continuation of the previous one. One does not chop matters of contention between two parties on separate dates.
Principles of communication declare that such action is unfair, inequitable, and lacking of correct judgment of timing and impartial audience impact. It is after all what an Arnold Clavio seemed to project in that program: It cannot be that he will not. Had he done his research well, he would have known what Bro. Therefore, it was not even a proper item for Case Unclosed because it is not of the vintage kind.
Knowing that he only had a half part of the whole thing, Clavio went ahead and aired it. Granted that the case may be discussed, if he had to deal with two sides, why did he present one ahead of the other? How sure was he that the sample of the people who saw his first part will be the same sample seeing his second part?
Moreover, how much time-gap would there be between the first presentation and a subsequent one if ever there would be one? Is that what he can call a presentation with a level-playing field? Is he already treating Soriano as the guilty party and Veridiano as an innocent victim? To add insult to injury, Clavio ended the program with these words: Eli Soriano insists that the accusations against him are simply lies, his appearance and his facing his case are hoped to clear out the questions left unanswered.
That he was only presenting what was written for him as a script is no excuse. Clavio was quick to say they tried to get the side of the ADD regarding the case of Veridiano but could not get any response. However, knowing full well that he only had data from one side, Clavio went ahead and aired the program.
That he was not able to get a response was already license to air to this Clavio. Infractions of good practice in journalism There were many infractions of good practice in journalism noticed by the ADD members. If he really wanted to be objective, Clavio should have interviewed the two doctors of the Biological Center mentioned as having treated Bro.
Soriano that day which was why Soriano could not be in Apalit raping Veridiano. When Veridiano denied his signature appearing in the confession letter about raping 9 males, Clavio did not try to establish if Veridiano was lying or not. The names are there in that confession letter. In Youtube, these boys gave out their testimonies against Veridiano and what he did to them. One was even just 17 that time and until now, he appears shocked, talking very little as much as possible.
The ADD members note that it is not easy for rape victims to come out to the public and admit they were raped — much more by one rascal like Puto. And yet they had to do it and make use of the Internet for failing to get justice in the kind of courts obtaining in the country.
For the way it has behaved, GMA7 should be ashamed enough and change that tagline because it does not become them, the members said. Puto was excommunicated in August for filthy living; he did not leave ADD all by his own. His signature in that confession letter is genuine; it was not faked by anyone. A video-taped recording in YouTube may be used to triangulate data about his confession of serial rape. From there, the public can see if anyone fed those admission words into his mouth.
Puto may deny everything to get the Iglesia ni Cristo to use him still as a lying witness against Soriano. In that same video, however, Veridiano damned the Iglesia ni Cristo as satanic and with false teachings so that going there is equivalent to going to hell.
Not for long, however, Puto was heard attending INC services. During one of the national thanksgiving days, Ryan Borja, an assistant to Puto then, approached a professional journalist from Mindanao and showed her a copy.
The journalist laughed and asked Borja how come the magazine looked that way. During breaktime, the journalist went from cover to cover, red-penciled the pages, and returned it to Borja. Eli saw the red-markings, studied it, and called for a meeting, angry at what he saw. He never had been a writer-editor for ADD.
This was the statement of Jimenez: Daniel Razon, including that of the Internet webcast. Actually we started the IT of the church since , and we had designed the first website of angdatingdaan. At that time, he was a worker typist of Bro. He promised us support by providing the infrastructures needed for websites and webcast. We were the pioneers. In fairness, fastest typist ever! He should work at the side of SEC among those typing documents there; if not in Quiapo, among those typing thesis for students.
He is responsible for most of the conception of ADD projects. Soriano had already clarified in court even that there is no assistant general secretary position in the church. The structure of the church is such that it does not need a Secretary General — more so an assistant general secretary. While he wanted to impress people that he can preach as well as or better than the ministers, his work was no different from a janitor. To be minister had long been a dream of Puto which he never got in the ADD.
Would-be ministers in ADD are being well screened. Spiritual growth for Puto was a question that even in leading prayers, the task had been taken off him. He called for me and I thought he would give me a gift. Veridiano, alias Puto, mentioned about a second count of rape on June 8, Evangeline Veloira in a bank located in Bambang, Manila. They then proceeded to Sushimoto Restaurant to meet a certain Aida P.
Briones, an accountant recommended by Veloira regarding the loan transaction they were applying for. As publicly known, the preacher is known for gallantly financing big church projects which explains the growth of the congregation to an international scope.
The transaction was held from 12noon to 4pm.