Bigtime perks sought for ‘Iglesia’ centennial


MANILA, Philippines—Two allies of President Aquino want the government to go all out in providing the best perks for Iglesia Ni Cristo in its centennial celebration in 2014 by requiring airlines to give members discounts on tickets, putting up special express lanes for members in airports, and forming a government commission to be bankrolled by state funds.

“Considering the global scale of the occasion, it is projected that a celebration unprecedented in scope will mark the unfolding event. Taking into account that the Philippines is the nucleus of the Church and is the center of the centennial celebration, the influx of foreigners unparalleled in number in Philippine history is anticipated,” said Quezon City Representatives Winston Castelo and Jorge “Bolet” Banal said in one of three resolutions for INC’s centennial on July 27, 2014. INC’s central temple is in Quezon City.

In House Resolution 2157, Castelo and Banal urged Malacañang to form the INC Centennial commission which would oversee and coordinate with the leadership of the religious group preparation and activities for the said event and “providing funds therefor.”

The two also filed resolution 2182 urging both domestic and international airlines to extend special airfare discounts to all INC members flying into the country for its centennial. Castelo and Banal did not say how Congress would be able to compel private companies to give discounts based on religious affiliation.

The third is resolution 2183 asking the Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Customs to establish a “centennial lane” for INC members at the international airport for “practical and courteous purposes” for the “throng of INC members flying in.”

The INC centennial bills were apparently filed to woo the INC leaders amid strained relations with the Aquino administration.

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  • 070844

    For what it’s worth I am not Filipino nor am I Catholic. I was simply pointing out a fact. How much will be spent if President Obama visits?

  • Lights

    and we dont sue each other on the court instead we resolved it thru INC admin..

  • Lights

    dont worry the event will be held in the Philippine Arena located Bulacan, so no more traffic in Commonwealth

  • Lights

    akala nila sa commonwelath ang celebration natin, hindi po…dun sa Bulacan…uuwi kami from Washington and we are all excited here in our locale…

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  • Lights

    Mr Aquino visited the Iglesia ni Cristo? for what……and he got lectured..

  • Jefferson Bayron

    Hey Hey Hey! Bakit ba pag tungkol sa INC ang usapan ang daming naglalabasan na sobrang bitter?Anu ba nagawa ng INC sa inyo at kung makapagsalita kayo parang ang laki ng kasalanan sa inyo ng INC ha?Kung sino pa ung may mga pinag-aralan sila pa ung malakas magsalita ng hindi maganda sa INC,Aba mahiya naman kayo sa mga sinasbi nyo,ibagay nyo nmn sa srili nyo ung mga slitang ginagamit nyo,may mga pinag-aralan po kayo,mga walang pinag-aralan lang ang nag sasalita ng hindi maganda laban sa mga kapwa nya..At yung tungkol sa isinusulong na dalawang congressman na yan wala pong alam ang INC diyan,at lalong hindi po nag-utos ang INC sa kanila para isulong yang bill na yan,kaya wag ho kayong magagalit saming mga INC.

  • mynameisjayee

    Di na kailangan ng INC ang discount sa air fare… remember ng namatay si Ka.Erdy Manalo… Kusang nag bigay ng discount ang mga AIRLINES hahaha!

    Lahat ng nagsasabing masama tungkol sa religion na ito sana wag kau tumapak sa pinapatayong infrastructures ng INC para sa PInas.

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