Mataro insisted on pushing through with the debate, however, assuring no trouble.
Leaders of the MCGI group said they do not trust the local policemen.
Their television programs contributed largely to the aggravation of their relations. But while there were previous agreements made, no proper debate had actually materialized between the groups due to varying reasons.
On August 16, 2004, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board (MTRCB) preventively suspended the showing of the Ang Dating Daan program for 20 days due to slander and use of offensive and obscene language by its televangelist-host Eliseo Soriano, as a means of disciplinary action. In 2004, Manny Antonio, a worker (presbyter) of MCGI, and Abraham Cruz, an INC minister, had a signed agreement to meet for a debate conference on April 26 in the city hall of Capas, Tarlac.
There were more than 20,000 guests in attendance all over the world.
Soriano’s memorable quotes that proved to be true during a live debate held last February 7 this year.
On September 27, 2004, the MTRCB extended the suspension to three months. Present on the agreed setting was the mayor of Capas, Rey Catacutan, the representing ministers of INC, Abraham Cruz, Jose Ventilacion, Ramil Parba, Michael Sandoval, and the barangay captain of Pao, San Jose, Tarlac, who stood as the witness of the agreement signing. Manalo, the Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo, to a one-on-one debate on TV and internet.
The new provincial prosecutor of Pampanga rejected Soriano's defense that the accusations against him were “fabricated, baseless and malicious.” He claims that the new prosecutor was backed by the Iglesia ni Cristo.
Guests gathered to watch the debate between MCGI Presiding Minister Bro. Catarinen on the Ang Dating Daan Mobile Coordinating Center situated at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines in Sta. (Photo courtesy of Wisdom Ison, PVI International)Presiding Minister to the Members Church of God International (MCGI) Bro Eli emerged as the debate’s victor against Mr.
Eusebio Catarinen, a pastor of the Church of Christ in Negros Oriental.
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