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Surigao cult blames corruption for ‘delay’

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SURIGAO CITY—Call it post-doomsday recrimination.

A cult leader in Surigao del Norte province on Friday blamed corrupt government leaders for the “delayed” coming of their “Divine Government,” even as members of the Ecleo family of Dinagat Islands, who controls the Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association (PBMA), are locked in a doomsday-related tit for tat.

“The temporal government has not yet surrendered; it is perpetuating its lies to mankind,” said Berano Tamayo, 60, of the self-styled quasi-military and quasi-religious organization High-World (H-World).

Tamayo’s group began converging on a hill overlooking Lipata Port here in preparation for the beginning of what they believed would be the “end of the temporal world” and the beginning of the spiritual reign on earth of their deity.


Not earth-shaking

He clarified, however, that the Dec. 21 prediction—coinciding with the ending of the Mayan calendar—did not originate from the group, and that they interpreted the date not as a definitive date for doomsday but as a marker of sorts for the coming of their deity.

“I did not say it would be an earth-shaking event; I said it is the day when darkness begins to reign in the hearts of men because of wanton perversions and vices,” said Tamayo when the Inquirer asked him again on Friday.

“Isn’t the world in a corrupted state as we speak?” he added in an apparent suggestion that somehow, the group has predicted the coming of their Divine Government.

But this didn’t mean that no tribulation is forthcoming, the cult leader said.

“Earthquakes, typhoons, even tsunamis will come if our temporal leaders worldwide don’t surrender their powers to the Divine Government,” he said, although he now says that only H-World members have the privilege to know the definite time and day when these doomsday scenarios will come.

Doomsday concert

In Dinagat Islands, where PBMA members scheduled a doomsday concert on Friday evening, members of the Ecleo family were divided on Dec. 21 end of the world prediction.

“They are making fools out of the people,” said Vice Gov. Geraldine “Jade” Ecleo of the PBMA leadership, which reportedly ordered their members to converge in the province’s capital of San Jose, purportedly because the place would be spared from the doomsday wrath.

“I appeal to the people, to the hard-core PBMA members, to once in a while use their heads and instead focus on how to improve their lives,” she told the Inquirer by phone.

Boats plying the Dinagat route have been overwhelmed by the unusual high passenger volume since last week, when talks of the end of the world associated with the Mayan calendar began to appear in social media sites and television reports.

To her consternation, Ecleo said she learned that work in government offices and school classes had been disrupted because of the end of the world “rumor mongering” of her family, from whom she has been estranged for a while.

“I believe that the world will eventually come to an end but for now, what the people should get busy about is demanding real services from their leaders; demanding accountability and transparency, instead of this nonsense talk about doomsday,” she said.

Sources inside Dinagat province said high school and college students on the island were instructed to watch the concert. The merrymaking was reportedly organized by Benjie Ecleo, son of PBMA Supreme Master Ruben Ecleo Jr., who remains at large after having been convicted of parricide and graft.

Local historian Fernando A. Almeda Jr. said talks of end-of-the-world scenarios “should now come to end.”

“This is a chance for humanity to begin a new chapter, to reflect and share values and experiences that would contribute to a better world,” said Almeda, who earlier launched a doomsday countdown at his private museum here.

Almeda and a local civic group has organized a post-doomsday “Save the World” fun run on Saturday, as the historian hopes to transform the buzz generated from his doomsday watch to a “sustainable movement where we encourage the young to care for our environment.”

“In this way, the dangers that would scientifically precipitate the end of the world, namely climate change brought about by human-initiated environmental degradation, would be prevented,” he said.

But in Davao del Sur, doomsayers maintained their doomsday watch.

Citing the “semi-darkness” that engulfed the province yesterday, doomsayers circulated text messages that insisted on the end of the world that was to unfold between Dec. 21 and Dec. 23.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) had earlier forecast that an intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) would prevail in Mindanao yesterday and the island would “have cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms.”


A hoax

Text messages also started circulating here about some major planetary events that would supposedly take place until Sunday.

“Please prepare candles, matches, canned goods and other needs. There will be planetary alignments from Dec. 21 to Dec. 23. It would not end the world but some things would happen. We need to pray,” one text message warned.

Apparently, the same text messages had been circulated elsewhere.

In response, the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (Nasa) said the report on the supposed planetary alignment was a hoax.

“There is no planet alignment on the winter solstice in 2012,” Nasa Administrator Charles F. Bolden Jr. said in his blog. With a report from Orlando Dinoy, Inquirer Mindanao

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Tags: Dinagat Islands , Ecleo family , End of the World , Graft and Corruption , Mayan Calendar , PBMA , Philippine Benevolent Missionary Association

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_W6H5DZKUQTUASP4S6CGTK7B3E4 kevin

    This people has gone ‘nuts…..

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/YUERA6K4WWGQDW27FSPRBT2LFM dismyothername

    kapag may nagpapaloko, me naloloko, yun lang.

  • 12JEM

    The SUPERMAYAN is coming!

  • http://pedestrianobserver.blogspot.com/ Political Jaywalker

    Calling on all the legislators, please pass a bill pronto expanding the National Mental Hospital to accommodate all the cuckoos particularly  sex este sect leaders and their members, LOL….

  • josedin

    mga taga dinagat dapat ilagay sa guiness, bibihira may utak pero buhay pa rin.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    yan ang mga zombies at dapat sa mga taong yan ay sinasama sa show ng Walking Dead, pwede din siguro kung Living Dead sila.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1504462143 Effe Azarcon

    ito ang totoong kulto

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002207384387 Andrei Mendoza

      and a priest telling its follower of “going to hell” is not?

  • roy roy

    This is about being humble. About questioning your beliefs. That never thinking “If I believe it then it must be true since this person–me–is believing it.” These people’s primary fault is not low IQ, their primary fault is self-absorption.

    If people are less self-centered and less egotistical they might actually discover one or two truths in the world.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MIIU4AIF5XFICVVAEVLVAFY46A danny

    Ang daming sira ulo ! ! !

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/UR6AKMU2J2D4GOPDU4QMRZDB7Q felipe

    ikaw nga ang  numero onong nangongorap sa mga tao, kinokorap mo ang isip nila….

  • grannygoose11

    PBMA, Katoliko, Muslim…pare-pareho kayong lahat.
    You are all B U L L S H I T S.
    I am so sad, that people still believe on the fairy tales religion offer.
    Nagogoyo pa rin kayo sa mga mang-mang at ignoranteng tao na sumulat ng bibliya, koran at kung ano ano pang banal na aklat kuno.
    There is no god.
    Deal with it.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    Meron nga planetary alignment kahapon. Yong kanan at kaliwa kong yagbols ay nag align vertically sa aking uten. Babalik lang eto sa normal na positions kung ma tsupa ni Ecleo.

  • anu12345

     Someone said you cannot fix idiot

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/XWH5SD6XPM3XKND6PJQQ32ZRAU Mabuhay

    mga samahan ng sira ulo…………….how can u expect the RP to move on pag ganyan karami ang mga sira ulo sa atin.

  • kilawon(the return)

    doomsday prophecy casualties : O
    HOMELESS : none all went to bunker
    MISSING:NONE *mothership didn’t come”
    DAMAGES: Brain damages

    typhoon Bopha casualties: 1000
    MISSING: 844
    HOMELESS: 300000
    Damages    :(341. 96 million U.S. dollars)

    wake me up when december ends!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_44QGTQXFYHNVPNMX453LWBPMXM Opel

    and those Ecleos who promoted the doomsday scenario will be elected to office, Wow! To call a good part of the electorate as uneducated is an understatement. 

  • wawa2172

    May tama kaya ang mga taong dooms day fanatics sa Surigao? Ano ang ginamit nyo? Shabu, rugby or pantapal sa butas nang bubong? Wow pare galing nyo may pa concert pa kayo. What a day to end the world. Party Party, H-World and PBMA lets dance the Gangsnam Style. Sa US siguro nang Ph D ang leaders nang H-World and PBMA, meaning University of Surigao in Dinagat. Lakas nang tama nyo pre…

  • krizzibarra

    maybe those nutjobs are right. maybe that’s why our gov is the most corrupt in the world. to save it from the apocalypse.

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    end of the world of idiots.

  • jerrycentro

    A cult leader in Surigao del Norte province on Friday blamed corrupt government leaders for the “delayed” coming of their “Divine Government,” “The temporal government has not yet surrendered; it is perpetuating its lies to mankind,” said Berano Tamayo, 60, of the self-styled quasi-military and quasi-religious organization High-World (H-World).

    So it was the corrupt “temporal” government that prevented the coming of the “divine government”. So the corrupt “temporal” government is more powerful than the “divine government. So, who is perpetuating lies to mankind, the corrupt government or Mr. Tamayo?

  • watsupketchup

    These guys are really, really nuts.

    They’re better dead. Sana nag mass suicide na lang sila sa pagdating ng paniniwala nilang end of the world.


  • jobdave

    A house divided(ecleos vs ecleos)PBM die hards  vs Vice Gov.Jade) your crack is showing,then your fall is expected;”master evader ruben,come out from your hiding,Corruption?who’s talking?Newly ordained master? The title and office is UP for GRAB,any SANE Volunteer?Jade the Vice Governor is distancing herself,Good on you Madam,let sanity once more preval in your once Peaceful and PRISTINE islands.May The FORCE Be with You.

  • Mamang Pulis

    hahaha—-ininjan sila ng mader ship wahahaah

  • antiscam

    HAHAHA this is so funny. They are almost as funny as our Bishops equating Contraception as Corruption…

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