After P1M unpaid Meralco bill, power cut in INC Manalo house
The estranged siblings of INC leader Eduardo Manalo say they were handed a bill for P1.38 million in unpaid electricity fees
First there were additional security guards, CCTV cameras, and a portable toilet blocking the main gate.
Now, even electricity has been cut off in 36 Tandang Sora, where Angel and Lottie Manalo, the estranged siblings of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Eduardo Manalo, have been holed up months since they were expelled from the influential church.
The Manalo siblings have claimed harassment by top church officials since Angel and their mother Tenny appeared in a YouTube video last July to ask for help, claiming that their lives were in danger.
The power cut, they said, is the latest in a series of moves that aim to force the siblings out of the Quezon City compound.
Rappler obtained a photo of the notice of disconnection from Manila Electric Company (Meralco) addressed to the Iglesia ni Cristo, with address at 0001 New Tagumpay, New Era, Quezon City.
According to the notice, Meralco would cut off electricity on September 29, 2015, due to unpaid bills amounting to P1,388,950.59.
But it wasn't until December 1 when the power in 36 Tandang Sora was completely cut off. A check with Meralco, however, revealed that it was not the power company that cut off power. No disconnection of the main meter has been made, Rappler was told.
According to insiders, the bill ballooned to P1.38 million because it had not been paid since September, and because the bill likely covered other areas inside the church's central compound.