By Jane Abao

Manila, Philippines (Fri Nov 30, 2007 9:23 AM EST)- Congressman-elect Daniel S. Razon called on Philippine National Police Chief Avelino Razon before some 50,000 followers Saturday to protect his accuser.

In a phone patch conversation with the Police General during which Daniel Razon was reporting to his church constituents last Saturday (11/24/07) at their Convention Center north of Manila, the Congressman-elect requested Gen. Avelino Razon to please give all the security needed by a certain Nathan Macute, a registered voter of Sitio Roque, Alabang, Muntinlupa City.

The congressman-elect who is at the same time the Vice Presiding Minister of the Church of God, International, said he had received an intelligence report saying that Macute would be killed and then Daniel Razon and his superior, Eliseo Soriano, would be blamed. In the face of such reports, Mr. Razon would like to be assured that nothing would harm his accuser.

Gen. Razon, who is not in anyway related to Daniel Razon, responded to the call and said his office will do what they could. The crowd of 50,000 composed of church members witnessed the conversation.

Macute is said to have filed a disqualification case and petition for the cancellation of Batas Party list wherein Daniel Razon won as congressman. Batas then cannot assume official function due Macute’s complaint, raising accusations that the group is a dummy of the religious organization of Daniel Razon.

According to Mr. Razon, popularly known as Kuya (Brother) Daniel, he did not think Macute, himself, filed the complaint as he appeared helpless and not knowledgeable about legal concerns, much less file a case against anybody. Nevertheless, Mr. Razon told the general that he wanted Macute to be protected.

Batas Party-list earlier got the required two percent of total party-list votes to elect Razon to Congress. The Commission on Elections (COMELEC), however, temporarily set aside Razon’s proclamation as party-list representative because of this pending case.

By the second week of November, the Commission on Elections disqualified Batas alleging that it is a front of a religious organization.

Under Article 6 of Republic Act 7941, the COMELEC may remove or cancel the registration of any national, regional or sectoral party, organization or coalition if it is a religious sect or denomination, organization or association organized for religious purposes.

Meanwhile, Eliseo Soriano, himself the Presiding Minister of the Church of God, International said, Daniel Razon should be spared. He believes he is the real target and that this is the handiwork of his enemies who are systematically trying to put him down at all costs.

It is to be recalled that Eliseo Soriano’s enemies had been filing 43 cases against him – mostly in connection with his work as preacher – which he said comes from only one group, the Iglesia ni Cristo, and its supporters. This includes even lack of permit to bury his dead brother in his own property.

Daniel, who is his nephew, is just the first nominee of the Batas Party List which is popularly supported by his congregation, he said. Batas which stands for Bagong Alyansang Tagapagtaguyod ng Adhikaing Sambayanan (New Alliance for the Support of National Concerns) is not owned or organized by his congregation, more popularly known as Ang Dating Daan (The Old Path), Soriano said. It is then Mr. Razon who is the only nominee from his church.

Aside from Daniel Razon, the other nominees of Batas were Melanio Mauricio Jr., Joey Y. Sonza, Ariel M. Pacis and Olivia G. Coo.

Daniel Razon, a media personality, has been consistently winning Web awards, the latest of which is the 10th Philippine Web Awards (PWA) Friday night. His site won in the Celebrities and Personalities category, getting the People’s Choice award as well. The site edged out sites of commonly known popular personalities in the country.

As reported by GMANews.TV, three websites associated with religious leader Eliseo Soriano dominated the 10th Philippine Web Awards (PWA) Friday night – http://www.angdatingdaan.com, the official site of Soriano’s The Church of God International; http://www.danielrazon.com, the official site of broadcaster Daniel Razon, Soriano’s nephew; and http://www.untvweb.com, the official site of UNTV 37, where Soriano’s Ang Dating Daan is among the top programs.

GMANews.TV said the Church of God official site won, through SMS voting, as the Most Popular Website, on top of being named the People’s Choice in the Organizations category.

Originally published in Newsvine

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