Iglesia ni Cristo's Manalos say lives 'in danger'
(UPDATED) The younger brother of Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo Manalo, seeks help: 'Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana'y matulungan niyo po kami.'
MANILA, Philippines (4th UPDATE) – Appealing for help via a 1:54-minute video on YouTube, Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo and his mother Tenny say their lives are in danger.
Angel is the younger brother of Eduardo, the present executive minister of the powerful and influential Iglesia ni Cristo(INC), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 and will be commemorating their 101st on Monday, July 27.
Their father is Eraño "Erdy" Manalo, who died in August 2009 and was Iglesia's former executive minister.
Angel Manalo says in the video, "Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana'y matulungan niyo po kami." (We are appealing to you because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us.)
He introduces his mother whose face is not seen in the video. Members of the Iglesia whom Rappler spoke with said it was indeed her voice.
Introducing herself as the widow of Ka Erdy Manalo who led the INC for 46 years, Tenny pleads, "Ako'y nananawagan sa aming mga kapatid sa Iglesia na tulungan ninyo kami dahil may panganib sa aming buhay. Saklolohan niyo ang aking mga anak, si Angel at Lottie at ang kanilang mga kasama. Tulungan niyo rin ang mga ministro na dinukot at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita. Kaawaan natin sila at ang kanilang pamilya."
(I am appealing to our brethren in the church to help us because there is a threat to our very lives. Please help my children, Angel and Lottie, and their companions. Let us also help the ministers who were taken and until now, have not yet been found. Let us show mercy to them and their families.)
Addressing her eldest son Eduardo, Ka Tenny says, "Sana'y makausap kita." (I wish I could talk to you.)