Frustrated INC members back leader's kin
MANILA, Philippines – Heeding an emotional call for help, several followers of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) trooped to Quezon City on Thursday, July 23, to support two members of the Manalo family who said their lives are in danger.
Sporting white ribbons on their wrists, a handful of INC members – less than a dozen – gathered outside an INC building on Thursday. They were responding to a 1:54-minute video appeal made by Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo, the brother of INC head Eduardo Manalo, and their mother Tenny.
In the video, Angel revealed alleged death threats made against their family, and requested their brethren in the church to come to their aid.
A day after the video went viral, INC member Shirley Cruz Rosal turned emotional. She sobbed as she pleaded for the release of ministers allegedly held captive by some senior members of the group.
In between sobs, Rosal expressed her grief and frustration at what she implied to be a betrayal of the church.
"Bakit ganito ang nagiging ganti sa amin?" she said. (Why are we getting this in return?)
Another person who showed support was 34-year-old Sarah Manuel, who admitted feeling fearful and tense as she spoke with reporters who had been staking out in the area.
Manuel said she decided to go to the house "out of love" for Angel and Tenny Manalo.
"Gusto namin silang tulungan, bigyan ng maiinom, makakain. Gusto naming maiabot ang kahit anong maitutulong namin," she said. (We want to help them, give them food and water. We want to extend whatever aid we can give.)