“Bro Eli Soriano. Currently in the middle of a controversy”. So was the introduction of Arnold Clavio in his program Case Unclosed. He was talking about the fugitive televangelist Eliseo Soriano of Ang Dating Daan.
It was 3 years ago when one of his subordinates charged him with homosexual rape and sodomy.
“It was my spiritual birthday. He summoned me and I went thinking he was going to give me a gift. As it turned out, that was the gift. The same thing he did to the previous year.”
This was the revelation of the subordinate, with sadness still reflected in his eyes. One can only imagine the grief victims of rape must carry.
“It was in May of 2000 when he summoned me to his room. I was shocked at what followed. At that time I couldn’t resist his advances. There is a teaching in Ang Dating Daan which says the messenger of God does not commit sin, whatever he does to you. At that time, I was really terrified of him and there is a teaching in Ang Dating Daan that one must Soriano him at all times. Obey him, otherwise you’ll be cursed. Something really really bad will happen to you if you disobey this supposed messenger of God.
“Rape was the charge. It is true, or is it a case of libel?” continues Clavio. “The case cannot proceed if the accused is not present because the accused needs to be arraigned in court” so say the lawyers of the subordinate. The subordinate thinks that if Soriano was in the Philippines, he will surely be in jail based on the evidences against him.
Clavio said he tried to contact Eli Soriano or any of his representatives to get their side of the story but did not get any response.
“If I don’t fight and speak up a lot of people will be in danger, and they need to know what he really is and that he is not sinless and he is not true.” the subordinate continues.
Soriano is a registered Brazilian resident and is currently seeking Brazilian citizenship. Brazil has no extradition agreement with Brazil. The case is held in court because Eli Soriano will not face his accuser. His next arraignment is August 11, 2009 at 8:30 am.
The Philippines anti-rape law Republic Act No. 8353 describes rape as any forceful act by man or woman against another.
Although Soriano denies any involvement or wrong doing, his appearance is the only way to clear things up.
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