Freemasonry not a cult, says PH grandmaster

Posted at Dec 19 2012 02:34 PM | Updated as of Dec 20 2012 04:32 AM

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MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Freemasons are celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization in the Philippines.

Santiago Gabionza Jr., grandmaster of the Philippine Freemasons, said there are about the 25,000 members of the organization in the Philippines.

He said the group has a a common conviction of building character among men. He denied that the organization is a cult.

"Freemasonry is not a religion so it cannot be a cult. Our principal tenet is anchored on brotherly love, relief and truth," he said.

Former Chief Justice Reynato Puno said the organization teaches its members many virtues that are aligned with the Constitution.

Puno said the organization is not a secret society since it is registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission as an institution.

He said the meetings of the Freemasons are open to the public.

ABS-CBN Umagang Kay Ganda, December 19, 2012