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Dismissed INC minister files counter-affidavit in libel case.

A former minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC), who had accused officials of the powerful religious group of corruption and abduction, submitted yesterday his counter-affidavit before the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office on the libel charges filed against him by the INC.

In his four-page counter affidavit submitted to Assistant City Prosecutor Ramoncito Ocampo, dismissed INC minister Isaias Samson Jr. denied tarnishing the stellar reputation of the INC with his allegedly libelous remarks made on national television.

He belied accusations that he uttered libelous statements against the INC during a televised interview on the news program "TV Patrol'' held at the Bayview Hotel in Manila.

Outside the courtroom, Samson also clarified that the illegal detention allegations he leveled against his former colleagues at the INC were not meant to include the religious group or its head Eduardo Manalo.

Samson Jr. said the respondents in the illegal detention charges he filed are Bienvenido Santos, Erano Codera, Glicerio Santos Jr., Mathusalem Pareja, Maximo Buluran, Rodel Cortes, Rodello Cabrera and Rolando Esguerra.

He claimed that he was forced to make the revelation as the INC rallies in front of the Justice Department and along EDSA portrayed that the charges he filed was against Manalo and the church itself earning the ire of the INC members.

The dismissed INC minister even reiterated his faith in Manalo and the INC, insisting that he was just forced to file the charges to end corruption perpetuated by some members within the organization.

Samson also said that he has transferred residence eight times after henchmen, who he said were hired by those he hailed to court, were out to inflict harm on him.

In fact, he said that he was also in fear yesterday when he filed his counter-affidavit at the Quezon City Hall of Justice.


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Date:Sep 23, 2015
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