Canada grants refugee status to mom of Iglesia Ni Cristo rebel Lowell Menorca

  • Page Views 2036
  • Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) has granted refugee status to a 74-year-old woman who fled from the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in the Philippines.

    Fredisminda Robosa Menorca was found by the IRB to be a “person in need of protection”.

    The woman is the mother of Lowell Menorca, 41, a former unordained INC minister-turned opponent of the church who earlier fled to Canada, and is now based in Metro Vancouver.

    According to the IRB, Menorca’s mother faces “a risk to her life or … [a risk] of cruel and unusual treatment and punishment” from the INC.

    “I would like to thank everyone who prayed for us and supported us throughout this whole ordeal,” Lowell Menorca said in a statement. “Our battles are not yet over but we can now breathe a little easier knowing that my mother is now a Protected Person here in Canada where human rights and civil liberties are respected and protected.”

    “As expected, my family and I are constantly vilified and berated in social media ever since the positive decision came out. I am quite used to the death threats, curses, and animosity from these fanatical members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. Sadly, what they do not understand is that the more they curse other people especially in public, the more they reveal their true judgemental and vindictive nature to the whole world, making them look more like a cult rather than a religion.”

    Menorca continued: “I honestly believe that there is still a greater majority of good-hearted members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo, but the core of the problem is not on the members who merely follow blindly, but the leaders of the church who have allowed the sanctity of the church to be adulterated because of their greed, love of money, power and their insatiable thirst for worldly recognition. It’s no wonder why there are now more corruption and crime-related activities involving church members as exemplified by their church leaders’ above-the-law mentality.”

    “To date, there are 4 protected persons (3 in Canada, 1 in New Zealand) who are able to prove their cases in international tribunals. This is a very strong indicator that the institution in question, indeed, has the means and motivation to harm people who they consider as their enemies,” Menorca said.

    The IRB found that the INC has “the motivation and the capacity to harm her as a way of controlling or punishing her son”.

    Lowell Menorca has claimed that members of the church abducted him, attempted to kill him and threatened the life of his young daughter when he lived in the Philippines.

    He fled to Canada in 2016.

    Lowell Menorca was granted refugee status last year.

    After arriving in Canada, Menorca’s mother suffered a stroke that affected her speech and left her partially paralyzed and bedridden.

    “As someone who is immobile and completely and utterly dependent on others for her daily life, the claimant is, simply put, a very easy target,” the IRB wrote in its decision.

    Menorca’s wife and two children are in Asia.

    They are expected to join him when Menorca gets permanent residency in Canada.

    Share

    New Posts Recently publish post More

    • 25 February 2021
      4 days ago No comment

      Pacquiao in jabbing distance of 2022 presidency

      A new poll shows that Filipino boxing icon Emmanuel “Manny” D. Pacquiao has a fighting chance to become the next President of the Philippines. Results of an independent and non-commissioned survey indicate that Pacquiao, currently a Senator, is one of top three choices for president. Pacquiao is also in ...

    • 23 February 2021
      7 days ago No comment

      Air Supply says Iñigo and Moophs’ ‘All Out of Love’ remake has ‘great production, great sound’

      International rock duo Air Supply, composed of Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock, hailed Iñigo Pascual and Moophs’ remake of their classic hit “All Out of Love” for its “great production and sound.” Iñigo sang parts of the song during Tarsier Records’ “All Out of Love” virtual media conference and ...

    • 20 February 2021
      1 week ago No comment

      U.K., California variants combine for first case of hybrid COVID-19

      Media organizations reported Wednesday (February 17) that the homegrown COVID-19 variant sweeping California has combined with the highly-contagious UK variant. The result is yet another mutation, a hybrid virus. This has started to spark fears that the new resulting virus will be more contagious. A sample from California showed ...

    • 12 February 2021
      2 weeks ago No comment

      Gold and Diamonds Rotary Charity Night

      Feb 13th 4 – 7pm Just in time for Valentines Day Refreshment & Food will be served (or Tequila) up to 70% off for Special VIP & Invited Guests One Year Financing – No Interest 25% of profit goes to RCVM Treasury for future projects. Arctic Fame Diamonds 942 ...

    • 12 February 2021
      3 weeks ago No comment

      Erin O’Toole announces Shadow Cabinet updates

      OTTAWA, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and the Official Opposition, today announced updates to the Conservative Shadow Cabinet. “Canadians are worried about their economic future,” O’Toole said. “Canadians have seen what happened when the Liberal government was in charge of getting vaccines, can we ...

    %d bloggers like this: