Airport courtesy lane for INC members gets huge backlash from netizens, OFW

INC airport courtesy lane

Known for its political influence in the Philippines, the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ has the tendency to carry out controversial events or activities. This time, it seems the sect, which central headquarter can be found in Diliman, Quezon City, has again crossed a line that many are unwilling to accept.

Yesterday, January 6, 2013, Philstar.com republished on their Facebook Page a 2012 news story about “a courtesy lane for faster immigration clearance at the airport” in favor of INC members flying in from abroad in relation to their church’s centennial anniversary six months from now.

The rehash named Quezon City 2nd District Rep. Winnie Castelo and Quezon City 3rd District Rep. Jorge Banal as the advocates who filed House Resolution 2183, “for practical and courteous purposes of ushering” INC members who are expected to fly in from all over the world for the church’s centennial celebration. They demanded the Bureau of Immigration and the Bureau of Customs a designated lane labeled as INC Centennial Lane, which will only allow incoming INC members to have continuous and smooth entrance.

Castelo told Philstar, “It will be in the best interest of the government to assign a lane which will be labeled as INC Centennial Lane at the customs, which will allow the incoming Iglesia ni Cristo members’ continuous and smooth ingress.”

Meanwhile, Banal suggested that INC members should present identification proof to afford the smooth entry, “It is deemed practicable to request the Church Administration to instruct the incoming members to present proof of their church membership for an orderly and efficient entry.”

Netizens, especially overseas Filipino workers (OFW), expressed huge disapproval to the said House Resolution accusing it of “politicking,” “discrimination,” “unfair treatment” and many others. Below are few of the many comments from netizens as can be seen on Philstar.com Facebook Page:

Netizens vs INC airport courtesy lane

Facebook has been on fire with disapproval for House Resolution 2183 granting the INC sect “a courtesy lane for faster immigration clearance at the airport.” (Screen shots from Philstar.com Facebook Page)

What do you think of the said resolution? Agree or disagree?

About Jeffrey Eugenio

Jeffrey Eugenio is a writer, motion graphic designer, artist, video editor and entrepreneur. He is currently a member of WritersConnect International - Philippine chapter. He loves doing a lot of things especially one that drives his creative passion. He believes that using himself to the greater good of others gives purpose and meaning to his life. As of now, he self-studies film making believing that as time allows, there should always be a room for exploring possibilities of learning more.

Posted on January 7, 2014, in Politics, Religion and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.

  1. ok lang sana if Senior Citizen lahat ng Iglesia ni Manalo payag pa aq, eh karamihan jan Sakit ng Lipunan , LASINGGERO, SUGALERO, PALAAWAY sa KAPWA atbp….

  2. Para yung kilala ko na maski nakaw ang sasakyan, narerehistro – gumising na kayo mga pulitiko – ISASAMA LANG NILA KAYONG SUNUGIN SA IMPYERNO PAG NAPAGAMIT KAYO SA RELIHIYON NA MAY MASAMANG RECORD NG PAGPATAY.

  3. ang KAKAPAL TLGA NG mga MINISTRO AT PUNO NG INC….

  4. Give others special privileges …specially ofw… But not religions..but good thing when i went home they treated me nice at the AIA….

  5. Mga iglesia ni manalo na hindi totoo kalokohan lang huwag kayong pagamit na mga politico

  6. hoy..yetbo…bago ka magsalita…tingnan mo muna sarili mo!!! at relihiyon mo!!!! baka mas masahol ka pa!! at ang relihiyon mo!!! ungas!!!!

  7. Thinkthinkthink

    Tsk3. Hindi naman siguro forever na yan, inc centennial lane dba tawag? So for centennial lang siguro or for this year lng, hindi nmn siguro every year centennial nila noh? Be open minded po tayo. Wag po tayong magsalita ng masama. Catholic here pala. FYI

    • I wonder why after all the defending you do for INC, you introduce yourself as a Catholic. Inconsistent? Think, think, think, Mr. Siguro.

    1. Sabay-sabay bang maglanding ang eroplano kaya agad magsisiksikan sa airport?

    2. Overloaded ba ang mga eroplano pag-uwi ng mga INC? Kalung-kalong? Sabit-sabit? Angkas-angkas?

    3. Paano naman ang magkakamag-anak na uuwi pero magkaiba ng faith? Halimbawa, INC ang tatay pero ang mga anak ay Katoliko? Paghihiwa-hiwalayin mo ba sila ng lane dahil magkaiba lang ng faith?

  8. mga bitter ang mga Catholic.. ano ba ang ipinagpuputok ng butse niyo?..para talaga kaung mamatay kung bibigyan ng courtesy lane ang INC..ang mga balitang yan, inaexagerrate nyan…kung baga, paninira na..i diba,catholic ang writer ng blog na ito, malamang, namamatay na xa inggit kaya kung ano-ano ng pumasok sa kukute nya

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