PGMA mourns Ka Erdie’s demise

September 1, 2009 10:29 am 

MANILA, Sept. 1 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Tuesday joins the Filipino nation in mourning the passing of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Erańo (Ka Erdie) G. Manalo Monday afternoon.

President Arroyo likewise extends the condolences and prayers of her family and Cabinet members to Ka Erdy’s son, Deputy Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, and to all pastoral leaders and members of the INC.

INC, which celebrated its 95th anniversary last July 27, is the largest independent church in Asia. With a membership of millions, it is politically influential.

In a statement, Executive Secretary and Presidential Spokesperson Eduardo R. Ermita said “this country and the world have lost yet another great leader in this generation, (one) who has touched the lives of multitudes by his life and his teachings.”

Deputy Spokesperson Anthony Golez, on the other hand, described Ka Erdie a “giant in the social religious and political life of the country.”

He added the INC’s late leader guided millions of Filipinos on the path of righteousness and attended to social and economic needs of his flock.

Asked if the President, who is currently in Libya, will attend Manalo’s funeral, Golez said, the Palace needs to check first on President Arroyo’s schedule when she comes home.

Manalo took over the church upon the death in 1963 of the founder, his father Felix Manalo.

Manalo was born on Jan. 2, 1925. He was INC founder Felix Manalo's fifth child.(PNA) LDV/OPS/ssc

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