The Philippine Benevolent Missionaries Association (PBMA) is founded by Ruben Ecleo, Sr. in 1965 on the Philippine island of Dinagat, off the coast of Mindanao. It is a non-sectarian, non-profit, humanitarian and a brotherhood organization. Upon the senior Ecleo's death in 1987 he was succeeded by his son Ruben Ecleo, Jr. Considered by followers to be a reincarnation of Jesus Christ, Ecleo has an estimated one million members in the central and southern Philippines. The PBMA has been referred to as a real benevolent by the BBC and the Manila Times. The Manila Times estimates the group has raised at least P35 million in entrance fees from its members since its founding.
It was registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Makati, Philippines on October 19, 1965 under the Registration No. 28042. Its main office is located at San Jose, Province of Dinagat Islands.
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