Angel Manalo seeks help vs demolition of home in INC compound
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Angel Manalo, the estranged sibling of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo, has called on the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to help stop the “illegal demolition” of their home in the INC compound.
Angel issued the statement on Thursday morning, March 2, after policemen entered the INC compound in 36 Tandang Sora Avenue, where their home is located.
“We are calling on PNP Chief [Ronald] Bato [dela Rosa] and DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno. There is no court order for the demolition of our house. Have mercy on us. Do not just allow us to die and please help us protect our human rights,” he said.
Rappler is still awaiting the response of the INC on Angel's plea. INC spokesman Brother Edwil Zabala has yet to reply to Rappler's query as of posting.
Policemen entered the compound at around 8 am. While the police alerted barangay officials on the operation, the latter were not aware of the purpose of the operation, according to Barangay Councilor Jerry Gonzales.
Chief Police Inspector Pipoy Cuden, who stood outside the gate of the compound with more than 20 policemen, was also mum on the purpose of the operation and when it would end.
The atmosphere tense as random masked men and police drove away a Rappler researcher and production specialist who were outside 36 Tandang Sora. (READ: Masked men threaten media covering Iglesia conflict)
'Don't interfere with our project'
Angel said the demolition of their home began on Monday, February 27.
"On the 27th of February, men employed by the Iglesia ni Cristo, together with the Barangay and Quezon City Police, invaded the compound where we reside. We heard Reynaldo Ebron, a member of the Iglesia ni Cristo and the current chairman of Barangay New Era, speak on the megaphone. He said, 'Do not interfere with our project,'" Angel said.
The "project," it turned out, involved a backhoe that entered the compound and began tearing one part of their house.
"We couldn't stop them and the women with us in the home panicked, including my wife and children. Aside from the absence of an ejection case against my house, there is no other case and no court order for what they have done. They destroyed two of our bedrooms and punctured one of the walls," he said.
Expelled INC member Lowell Menorca II posted a video of the demolition on his Facebook page.