INC members boycott ABS-CBN over 'bias reporting'

Members of the religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo turned to social media to urge others to boycott ABS-CBN over what they call "bias reporting."

The broadcast network is among several local news organizations that covered incidents involving former INC minister Lowell Menorca, who earlier claimed that he was abducted on orders of INC leaders.

INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala denied the boycott order, Inquirer.net reported. He said the church leadership did not issue a circular about the subject.

Despite the absence of a written directive, INC members used Twitter and Facebook to air their sentiments against the Kapamilya network. The hashtag #BiasABSCBN became a trending topic nationwide on Monday, February 1st. Earlier, the hashtag #BoycottABSCBN also entered the trending box.

ABS-CBN has also been accused of biased news reporting to favor certain politicians.

"We're calling them #BiasABSCBN because they attack anyone who's not in favor of their presidential bet," netizen Heide Canlas-Lazaro tweeted.

Some INC members also said they are switching from SkyCable to CIGNAL for cable TV subscriptions.

So far, the network gave no word on the issue.

Here's some more tweets with the trending hashtag: