Eliseo Fernando Soriano, also known as "Brother Eli", is a Filipino televangelist.He was born on April 4, 1947 and currently the "Overall Servant" (Tagalog: Lingkod Pangkalahatan), formerly called as "Presiding Minister" of Members Church of God International (MCGI), an international Christian religious organization with headquarters in Pampanga, Philippines.He also had numerous religious debates with different pastors.An incident when he used a defamatory word in his television show On April 7, 1964, three days after his 17th birthday, Eliseo was baptised in Seneguelasan, Bacoor, Cavite, and became an official member of the Iglesia ng Dios kay Kristo Hesus, Haligi at Suhay ng Katotohanan (Church of God in Christ Jesus, Pillar and Support of the Truth in English) founded by Nicolas Perez where his parents were also members.Beginning with the broadcast of Ang Tamang Daan on June 11, 2001, INC (through SBN 21, and later Net 25, INC TV, and INC Cable TV) and MCGI (through SBN 21 and later UNTV Channel 37) aired their accusations and responses to each other's statements. These demons are lying too much.] In attempts to end the conflict between the two groups, a number of debate arrangements had been in talks on different occasions.Their television programs contributed largely to the aggravation of their relations. But while there were previous agreements made, no proper debate had actually materialized between the groups due to varying reasons.However, somewhere in 2006, they decided to air the program just like the other INC programs, mainly to preach the words of the Bible, and not to involve and contradict other beliefs.The format has been adopted to another INC program, Ang Mga Nagsialis sa Samahang Ang Dating Daan, in 2006, featuring former ADD-turned INC members. and Alfie Angeles, both ADD evangelical workers were the main hosts of the program.
On September 27, 2004, the MTRCB extended the suspension to three months. Present on the agreed setting was the mayor of Capas, Rey Catacutan, the representing ministers of INC, Abraham Cruz, Jose Ventilacion, Ramil Parba, Michael Sandoval, and the barangay captain of Pao, San Jose, Tarlac, who stood as the witness of the agreement signing. Manalo, the Executive Minister of Iglesia ni Cristo, to a one-on-one debate on TV and internet.
Soriano challenged the action in court, arguing that the suspension imposed by the MTRCB constituted prior restraint on the media and that his language during the show's August 10, 2004 broadcast was not obscene and offensive. Soriano filed a motion seeking the reversal of its April 2009 decision. However, no representative from MCGI, including Antonio, turned up on the event and instead communicated through a phone call. The Ang Tamang Daan hosts responded that Soriano should have a debate first with the "Pope in Rome using Latin," owing to a previous claim by Soriano that he would debate with the Pope, even in Latin.
The Supreme Court denied Soriano's motion and affirmed the decision with finality in 2010 by an 11-4 vote, noting that “it is a sanction that the MTRCB may validly impose under its charter without running afoul of the free speech clause." The high court reminded Soriano that his program, being aired on television, is accessible to children of all ages and therefore not appropriate for a program with a “G” or for general audience rating due to his use of vulgar language and invectives. Yung putang babae, ang gumagana lang doon yung ibaba. Soriano views this response as an excuse, while the INC sees his challenge as a bluff.
Relations between the two groups have been perennially strained, and both organizations use their respective television programs as well as other media to present "evidence" which they believe shows contradictions in each other's teachings.
Ang Tamang Daan began a regular programming on NET 25 on June 11, 2001 which was meant only as a counterpoint to Eliseo Soriano's teachings in Ang Dating Daan.