I was saddened yesterday upon reading this article posted on Inquirer.net, this despicable excuse for journalism:

"Ely Soriano charged with falsification of public document"
By Allison Lopez
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 18:57:00 08/29/2008

The title alone is a dead giveaway hint to the writer's incompetence at gathering information; he misspelled the nickname of a very popular personality in his own native land, a man who goes by the name of Bro. Eli Soriano. Philippine News Tabloids, which are known for their thoroughly irresponsible journalism, fared better than than the PDI if only for the fact that they got Soriano's nickname right. The daily toilet paper known as "Bulgar", for instance, spelled it "Eli" and not "Ely" as Lopez wrote.

Interestingly Lopez knew Soriano's full name well, its just the correct nickname that proved to be too challenging to write, it reads...
MANILA, Philippines—The head of Ang Dating Daan evangelist group Eliseo "Ely" Soriano and two others were charged with falsification of public document at the Manila City Prosecutor's Office for allegedly faking the certificate of detention in order to post bail for his rape charges.

I suppose Lopez has confused Bro. Eli , the very popular televangelist with Ely Buendia, the equally very popular soloist of Eraserheads. The fact that the title has passed the supposedly meticulous watch of the PDI editors also shows that the article was written under the influence of either gross institutional incompetence or stupidity or both.

The article goes on to say that Soriano was "indicted for the rape of his male follower at the regional trial court of Macabebe, Pampanga," but the writer conveniently forgot to mention that the case has been dismissed on January 26, 2006 as penned by Alexandro Lopez, Assistant Provincial Prosecutor of Region III, San Fernando, Pampanga and as approved by Jesus Y. Manarang, the Provincial Prosecutor. To quote an excellent account written by Jane Abao the document says:

"The foregoing facts, together with the rift going on between the INC and the ADD, which we cannot deny, only show that the complainant was indisputably ill-motivated from the inception, and these necessarily, without any scintilla of doubt, substantially affect, if not lessen, his credibility as an unperjured affiant. Wherefore, premises having been considered, the undersigned recommends the DISMISSAL, as he hereby DISMISSES, the complaint for rape filed by Daniel Veridiano against Eliseo Soriano docketed herein as I.S. N0. 05-I-2459 and 2460."
It would have been in keeping with PDI's credo of "Fearless Views, Balanced News" had Lopez also mentioned that on on March 21, 2006, months following the dismissal of the case, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzales directed Regional State Prosecutor Jesus Simbulan to elevate the records of the rape case to his office. The letter said:
"Department of Justice. Memorandum to RSP Jesus Simbulan, ORSP, Region III, Subject: Daniel Veridiano vs. Eliseo Soriano for Rape. Date: March 21, 2006. In the interest of justice, you are directed to elevate the records of above-captioned case to my office. For immediate compliance. Raul Gonzalez. Secretary."

(to read the rest of Jane Abao's article, heres the link)

Without details like these to balance Lopez's article, the general reading public can't help but form an impression that Eli Soriano is already guilty as charged and a bona fide fugitive from the law. A fugitive from an unfair government, perhaps but but not a fugitive from the laws of the land.

Head of a minority religious group in the Philippines, Soriano's reputation has suffered a steady barrage of legal harassment... from being tagged as a land grabber, opportunist, libelous, a sex crime offender and finally a fugitive from the law.

How could the Philippine Daily Inquirer been party to this legal harassment and public humiliation of an old man, I just can't stomach. As a loyal reader of the newspaper, I feel betrayed...

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Joe Vizcarra is a Manila-based independent writer. With an A.B. degree in Communication Arts, his professional background includes writing for local TV news channels, a PR & marketing agency, and a national government agency.


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