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'Ang Dating Daan' leader Eli Soriano dead at 73

'Ang Dating Daan' preacher Eli Soriano has passed away at the age of 73, according to a statement posted on social media.

"It is with deep sadness, yet with full faith in the Almighty, that we announce the passing of our beloved and one and only Bro. Eliseo "Eli" Soriano - a faithful preacher, brother, father, and grandfather to many," said the religious group.

"The life story of Bro. Eli is an open book to many of us. We are witnesses to his dedication and tireless efforts to propagate the undefiled words of God in the Bible."

The group traced his work from Guagua town in Pampanga to Brazil and other western countries "as his (Soriano) fame and reputation of being the most sensible preacher of our time has gained international attention."

"His life and efforts have become instrumental in the fulfillment of the long hidden prophecy in the Holy Scriptures that 'For from the rising of the sun even unto going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts (Mal. 1:11)."

The group has also assured that the programs and projects initiated by Soriano will continue.

"Up to the last moment of his life, Bro. Eli was able to fulfill his vow to the Almighty that manifests in his love to serve the brethren. 'And I will gladly spend and be spent for you; though the more abundantly I love you, the less I be loved (2 Cor. 12:15)," said the group.

"And as Bro. Eli once said: "To be privileged to serve you in Christ, is the greatest opportunity in life." -- BAP, GMA News