Soriano's group lost in 1988 and was ordered by Securities and Exchange Commission to change its church name to one that is not similar to Gugulan's group.
In 1993, Levita Gugulan’s successor Maximino Nieto found out that the name Soriano registered in 1980 is almost identical to his church.
He also submitted a waiver of presence during the pre-trial conference, in which he admitted that “whenever his name is mentioned (during the trial), he is the same person alleged in the information.” Records show that Soriano’s lawyer presented witnesses stating that ministers of INC in its television show “Ang Tamang Daan” have repeatedly attacked Soriano and he was just retaliating against the allegations.
But in his decision, Bathan said that the defense of self-defense is without merit as it “will not negate the presence of existence of malice.” He added that this kind of defense is only available in crimes against persons.
The judge also noted that retaliation is different from self-defense.
“He should have filed the necessary or corresponding criminal and/or civil case against (INC) in order to protect his (Soriano) interest.
Gugulan’s church then filed a lawsuit against Soriano on July 16, 1979 for using a similar church name.
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Bathan said this takes away his chance of appealing the decision.
During his arraignment in 2005, the evangelist refused to enter a plea, prompting the court to enter a plea of “not guilty” for him.
Actually, ADD is the name of their television program on Channel 37.
The group’s leader, Eliseo Soriano’s denomination is called the Iglesia ng Dios kay Cristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God International), and was a disciple of a Bulacan preacher named Nicolas Perez.