Expelled INC member granted refuge in Canada

Marieton Pacheco, ABS-CBN North America News Bureau

Posted at Feb 02 2018 02:00 PM

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CANADA - Former Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) member Lowell Menorca is now a protected person of Canada.
 
Menorca met with Balitang America for an interview, almost two years after he landed in Vancouver in April 2016.
 
Menorca left the Philippines for safety after alleged death threats against him and his family for exposing so-called anomalies within the INC.

 
INC expelled Menorca, an unordained INC minister, and other members after their exposés against the church. 

"It's actually a vindication not only for myself, but for all those like me who are fighting for this cause and exposing the truth,” he said. 

Menorca added that the Immigration Refugee Board's (IRB) decision was released late last year.

But he wanted to make sure there were no appeals. He also had to consult with his lawyer given the confidentiality of the IRB’s decision.
 
"It was redacted so sensitive information will be blocked out for the safety of those concerned mentioned in the decision,” he said.
 
Menorca has filed for permanent residency and hopes he can be reunited with his family soon.

His wife and two kids are still hiding in Asia. He has yet to see his youngest child in person as his wife was pregnant when they left the Philippines.
 
Menorca, meantime, keeps himself busy by volunteering and taking odd jobs.

"Being a protected person in Canada, once I step in the Philippines, it will be revoked as a protected person. I have no plans of going back to the Philippines as of now because I know justice there cannot be achieved,” he said.

Menorca's mother and other relatives are based in Canada.

Menorca faces several libel complaints filed by some INC members in the Philippines. 

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