Who owns 36 Tandang Sora? Manalo sister questions INC claims
OWNERSHIP CLAIMS. Lottie Manalo-Hemedez appears before a Quezon City court hearing a petition for injunction filed by the INC last November, but her testimony was rescheduled. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler
MANILA, Philippines – Lolita "Lottie" Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged sister of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) leader Eduardo Manalo, is questioning the church's ownership claims over 36 Tandang Sora in Quezon City – the basis of the INC's petition for injunction filed before a Quezon City court.
In September, the influential church filed a petition seeking to prohibit Lottie and her brother Angel from meeting visitors or accepting deliveries at the compound because of security concerns.
Hemedez, however, is challenging the church's right to make such demands based on its assertions of ownership. Her camp claims that Lottie Manalo and her late husband, Eduard Hemedez, own the land title to the 36 Tandang Sora residence – not the INC.
But a deed of sale was supposedly drawn up in April this year transferring the property from the Hemedez couple to the church. The alleged transfer of property came even before the Manalo siblings were expelled from the church.
FAKED? The supposed deed of sale was signed by Hemedez' husband, who died two years before the document was drawn up. Photo obtained by Rappler