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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - The Court of Appeals (CA) has junked televangelist Eliseo Fernando "Bro.Eli" Soriano's bid for the dismissal of rape charges against him pending before a Pampanga trial court.
In 1983, the program kicked off its national television appearance through IBC Channel 13.“He attacks complainant Veridiano’s character by claiming that [Veridiano] was involved in misappropriation of funds and molestation of minors...However, we cannot pass upon these belated accusations as this court is not a trier of facts.Sought for comment, Ang Dating Daan referred ABS-CBN to the UNTV legal department. Alfredito Forteza, who said he represents Soriano, said the CA decision was based on a technicality and not on the merits of the case.He said Soriano will appeal the CA ruling before the Supreme Court.“A perusal of the [MR] shows that it is a mere rehash of his previous arguments which we have sufficiently discussed and passed upon in our decision…,” the resolution read.
Soriano, head of the Ang Dating Daan and presiding minister of the Philippines-based Christian organization Members Church of God International, was indicted on rape charges in 2006 filed by Daniel Veridiano, a member of his staff.
In a 3-page resolution penned by Associate Justice Angelita Gacutan, the appellate court's former 12th Division junked Soriano's motion for reconsideration (MR) on its ruling dated May 31 that dismissed his petition against Macabebe Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Lucina Dayaon.
The appellate court pointed out that Soriano was unable to present new arguments in his MR to warrant a reversal of the earlier ruling.
MCGI members prefer themselves to be called and identified as plain "Christians".
MCGI is not related to the many Church of God groups that descended from the Barney Creek Meeting House revival of the late 19th century in the United States .
On February 21, 1976, Brother Eliseo Soriano , the only ordained minister by Perez, together with 16 other members created a schism and began a new church organization called "Mga Kaanib Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Saligan ng Katotohanan sa Bansang Pilipinas" (translated as "Members Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Ground of Truth in the Philippine Nation") which was officially registered in 1977.