MANILA - ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna announced Sunday afternoon that he has taken a leave of absence from the network because of his active ties with the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).
In an Instagram post, Taberna said that the controversies currently surrounding the religious sect may deter him from exercising impartiality as a journalist.
He also pointed out the conflict of interest between his roles as a broadcaster and a devout INC member.
Taberna said that the Kamilya network supports his decision to take the time off until the INC crisis subsides.
Prior to his announcement, Taberna also joined the INC mass action at EDSA-Shaw Boulevard on Sunday.
Taberna addressed around 1,700 fellow members of the religious sect and emphasized that the INC faithful converged at the rally out of free will and devotion to the organization.
The news anchor also urged the crowd to maintain peace at the rally that condemns the government's alleged interference on INC's internal affairs.
The INC assembly at the major crossing has been permitted by the Mandaluyong City government until later Sunday.