To our Pagmata Partners and Friends

(From FOC Member Rev. Everett Mendoza)
Published by Pagmata on February 26, 2018

To our Pagmata partners and friends –

Don’t be deceived and misled by anything that comes out of Rannieh Mercado’s posts.

Firstly, this thing is not about Marigza, versus Mendoza et. al. This about UCCP, what’s good, true, just and righteous for and in the name of the Church – its life, work and mission.

Secondly, we’ve expressed to the Council of Bishops during our June 2017 dialogue that the FOC is all for the development of church properties for the benefit of church workers and especially for its mission. There is absolutely no conflict here.

The problem is that Marigza, et. al. are putting all church properties in the hands of private, for-profit stock corporations as the developers. We proposed that these properties be made productive by the Church itself with due diligence through its constitutional and organizational instrumentalities – the CSRDS in each of the three judicatories working together with the leadership and direction of the General Secretary upon approval of the Church’s legislative bodies. We also proposed what we call “Signature Projects” to realize the Church’s three-fold preaching-teaching-healing mission and added livelihood projects for rural churches and communities.

The national leadership chose to ignore the FOC and disregarded the CSRDs – national, Conference and local church.

This is the point of conflict, a conflict of policy and management never a conflict of personalities which is being spread to misled and confuse the members.

The FOC with the support of PAGMATA contends that our approach to property development is compliant to the CBL and policies of the Church and consistent with the mission of the Church. On the other hand, the national leadership is moving the Church to a direction that undermines the letter and spirit of the CBL, alienates church properties from UCCP ownership, control and management and allows the use of proceeds for activities not consistent with the Church’s mission.

Finally, but not the least, the corporate approach to the development of church properties opens the door wide open to top church leaders to milk these corporations for personal enrichment.

FOC’s basic position: in-house development of church properties through the CSRDs with the help of professional consultants, which is the likely reason for its failure in the past. We have some very good examples of success – Brokenshire Integrated Health Ministries, a non-stock corporation; Southern Christian College under Dr. Edwin Balaqui’s presidency, and others.

The National Treasurer, on the other hand, took upon himself the role of professional expert in property development through an independent corporation, which obviously is a conflict of interest. For the General Secretary and the jurisdictional bishops to be the directors of the board is also a clear conflict of interest. The corporations established have a life of their own beyond the reach of the Church’s governing bodies. How can the Church’s officers serve the interests of both? This is a classic example of Jesus’ admonition, “No one can serve both God Mammon.”

Let Marigza’s pitbull Rannieh Mercado answer this issue rather than go into non-issues between Marigza and Mendoza.

To our Pagmata Partners and Friends-Pagmata



4 thoughts on “To our Pagmata Partners and Friends”

  1. Praise God for BAC! Your activities in pictures are very encouraging to the rest of the UCCP constituency. Thank you for joining us in what Pagmata UCCP is advocating: the Rs Fellowship–Reclaiming, Reviewing, Restoring, Reviving our beloved UCCP. Please be “wise as serpents and gentle as doves”. Also, John 10:10. Please pray for our UCCP BISHOPS and pastors who have become victims of communism, corruption, and criminality. They have become VITIMIZERS themselves, “wolves in sheep clothing”, plunderers of our human and material resources. They violated our UCCP Constitution and By-Laws, illegally expelled pastors, forcibly took over UCCP Cosmopolitan Church in 2012, closed our Bethany Mission Hospital in Tacloban and negotiated with GAISANO MALL, receiving Php75 million advance rental and turning our UCCP land in Tacloban into a commercial center. Citing the poverty of our pastors as what they want to address, this group negotiated with VISTA LAND, receiving Php29 million advance to make our land in Malate a commercial center with a 42-storey condominium. Let us pray that these past and present UCCP national leaders stop plundering our resources and stop making UCCP a commercial corporation. Let us be true to the GREAT COMMISSION from Jesus Christ. God bless all of us in the UCCP!

    • We need to clarify all the accusative phrases we are using to describe how our leaders erred for the sake of the UCCP general membership. We want to educate our members, tell them the truth with love over hatred on what is happening. If they see we are giving them the right information we are winning them in our side, the side of the truth. If we suggest concrete steps for the resolutions of the issue at hand then we are vindicating anyone and we are uniting the church instead of putting barriers. Please forgive me for my opinion.

  2. I’m glad to know we have honest people who’ll speak and stand boldly like the PAGMATA v UCCP group. I have lots of UCCP friends.

    • We have to work for the good of all, the UCCP. We are all people entrusted with God’s blessings and we have to use it with utmost prudence with the Bible and our Constitution and By-Laws as our guide.

      Thank you for coming and leaving a comment.


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