"Deadly church banned" - March/2017

Deadly church banned

INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Kakoma Kanganja addresses people who had assembled to receive food hampers from Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police Kakoma Kanganja addresses people who had assembled to receive food hampers from Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) at Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka yesterday. PICTURE: CHANDA MWENYA

March 7, 2017

PRISCILLA CHIPULU & STEVEN MVULA, Lusaka

GOVERNMENT has suspended operations of Church of Christ following a stampede that killed eight people, including a nine-month-old baby, in Lusaka yesterday as a church organisation doled out free food hampers.
The accident also left 28 people injured.

Inspector-General of Police Kakoma Kanganja and his officers from the divisional headquarters had to stop the programme to avert a bigger disaster at the OYDC.

Minister of National Guidance and Religious Affairs Godfridah Sumaili said in an interview that the church failed to submit operating documents even after being asked to do so on Thursday last week.
She said the church will remain suspended until investigations are concluded by relevant authorities.
Reverend Sumaili said the government was not aware of the outreach programme the Church of Christ had engaged in at the OYDC yesterday.

“I asked them last week on Thursday before the event could take place to bring the certificate of registration, their constitution and their profile but they didn’t bring. We have deaths involved. Therefore, we decided to suspend its operations until investigations are completed,” she said.

What was to be a joyful event turned tragic as thousands of Lusaka residents, including those who had not been registered as beneficiaries, surged forward to get their own share of the windfall.
The dead and the injured were among over 35,000 people who had gathered as early as 04:00 hours to receive the free food hampers from the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ).

Police spokesperson Esther Katongo said an investigation had been launched into the matter.
However, before the stampede resulted in more deaths, Mr Kanganja and his officers stormed the premises to halt the programme.

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https://www.daily-mail.co.zm/deadly-church-banned/

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"ends in a stampede - 8 DEAD" MARCH/2017

Eight dead and 28 injured in stampede for free church food in Zambia

Online publication Mwebantu shared a picture of a ticket that was reportedly distributed for the gathering in the Zambian capital, Lusaka

Online publication Mwebantu shared a picture of a ticket that was reportedly distributed for the gathering in the Zambian capital, Lusaka

March 6, 2017 13:33 GMT

At least eight people have died and 28 others have been wounded in a stampede at an event where free food was distributed by a church group in Zambia's capital, Lusaka, according to local police.

The victims were among 35,000 people who had congregated at the Olympic Youth Development Centre in Lusaka on 5 March to attend a prayer event. Event organiser Lesedi Seven, which is part of the US based faith organisation Church of Christ, was due to start giving free food.

Police spokesperson, Esther Mwaata Katongo, was quoted by online publication Mwebantu as saying that among the dead were six females, one male adult and one male juvenile.

Five people died on the spot while the others succumbed to wounds as they were being driven to the hospital, police said.

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https://www.ibtimes.co.uk/eight-dead-28-injured-stampede-free-church-food-zambia-1609991

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Separation of church and state?

Separation of church, state even with Manalo appointment   Malacañang

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Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was picked as President Rodrigo Duterte's special envoy because of his 'established network' among overseas Filipinos, says Malacañang

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday, February 15, defended the appointment of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo to a government post, saying this is not a violation of the principle of separation of church and state.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the statement in a Palace news briefing on Thursday, in response to questions about the appointment of the religious leader as President Rodrigo Duterte's Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns.

On whether there is a violation of the principle of separation of church and state, he said, "None, because there are two elements to separation of church and state: the freedom to practice your religion and certainty that government will not endorse any religion."

He also denied that Manalo's appointment was "political accommodation" owing to the political influence of the INC, a religious denomination known to vote as a bloc during elections. (READ: How potent is the INC's vote delivery system?)

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/196119-eduardo-manalo-appointment-violation-separation-church-state

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Who is Eduardo Manalo?

FAST FACTS: Who is Eduardo Manalo, special envoy for OFW concerns?

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MANILA, Philippines – Eduardo Manalo, who is the Iglesia ni Cristo’s (INC) Executive Minister, donned a new hat as President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday, February 13, appointed the religious leader as his new Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns.

According to appointment papers released by Malacañang on Wednesday, February 14, Manalo will serve a year-long term from January 30, 2018 to January 29, 2019.

The INC, known for its supposed bloc-voting system, endorsed the candidacy of Duterte during the 2016 presidential elections. (READ: How potent is the INC’s vote delivery system?)

Who is Eduardo Manalo and how was he appointed to the position?

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https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/fast-facts/196080-eduardo-manalo-duterte-inc-ofw-concerns

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SOUL SOLD TO THE DEVIL

Duterte: I’ll sell my soul to the devil so OFWs can live comfortably in PH

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President Rodrigo Duterte said on Tuesday that he would sell his soul “to the devil” just to give repatriating overseas Filipino workers (OFW) a comfortable life in the Philippines.

“You come home and I will sell my soul to the devil to look for money so that you can come home and live comfortably here,” Duterte said during the oath-taking of newly-appointed government officials in Malacañang.

In his more than 30-minute speech, Duterte vented out his anger over the abuse of some OFWs in Kuwait.

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http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/968528/duterte-ofw-overseas-filipino-worker-kuwait-middle-east-deployment-ban

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INC has "means and motivation"

Philippines-based church has 'means and motivation'

to kill refugee if returned: IRB

Lowell Menorca holds a photo he says was left on his car in the Philippines showing his family with a red 'X' through the face of his then-two-year-old daughter and the warning, 'Say Goodbye.' He fled the country and sought refugee status in Canada. (Gavin Fisher/CBC)

Lowell Menorca holds a photo he says was left on his car in the Philippines showing his family with a red 'X' through the face of his then-two-year-old daughter and the warning, 'Say Goodbye.' He fled the country and sought refugee status in Canada. (Gavin Fisher/CBC)

The Immigration and Refugee Board has found a Philippines-based church with chapters across Canada "is motivated by a vendetta" against a dissident who sought refugee status in B.C., and has "both the means and the motivation to seriously harm or kill" him, should he return to the Philippines.

In accepting Lowell Menorca's claim for refugee status, an IRB panel has ruled he's "a person in need of protection from a risk of cruel and unusual treatment or punishment and a risk to his life."

CBC News has a lightly redacted copy of the panel's decision from Menorca and has confirmed its authenticity with the IRB.

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http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/refugee-philippines-church-lowell-menorca-1.4502614

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Long road to safety

The long road to safety for ex-INC refugee claimants

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MANILA, Philippines – For years, homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been steadily amassing followers and building up influence in political circles.

But in 2015, just a year after it celebrated its 100th anniversary, the church found itself facing its worst crisis in recent history.

A feud within the founding family split the church between those who sided with the current executive minister, Eduardo Manalo, and those who call themselves the “defenders” of the faith. The INC leader’s own relatives, brother Angel Manalo and sister Lottie Manalo Hemedez, claimed harassment from top church leaders.

Expelled church ministers surfaced with allegations of kidnappings and corruption within the church. Several of the church’s most vocal critics reported being threatened in a bid to silence them. (READ: Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo)

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https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/iq/182899-ex-iglesia-ni-cristo-members-refugee-claimants

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MALIGAYA CORP Lawyer Tried to Extort Him?

Chris Brown Claims Lawyer Tried to Extort Him

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LOS ANGELES (CN) — Singer-songwriter Chris Brown claims in a lawsuit that a lawyer used armed men to try to extort him for $300,000 in the Philippines, threatening to have him jailed on phony charges and delaying his exit flight.

In a Friday lawsuit in Superior Court, Brown claims that Jose Victor Los Banos Giongco, of greater Los Angeles, working with a Filipino attorney, tried “to extort Chris Brown by unlawfully threatening to have him arrested and sent to jail, and demanding $300,000 payment in exchange for safe passage home.”

Brown says “a group of armed personnel prevented him from leaving” his hotel in Manila on July 22, 2015. He had performed in Manila on July 21, to make up for a New Year’s Eve concert he had missed in 2014, “due to a misplaced passport,” Brown says in his complaint for civil extortion.

The concert he missed was to be in the Philippines Arena, owned by the (MALIGAYA) Magilaya Corporation, in Ciudad de Victoria. To make it up, he says, he and Magilaya agreed to the substitute date, where he performed.

Stopped by the armed men, Brown says, “a man identifying himself as counsel for Magilaya Corp. (‘Magilaya Counsel’)… acting in his individual capacity, contacted Brown’s attorney and threatened to have the singer jailed for fraud for missing the New Year’s Eve concert.

“Magilaya Counsel then informed plaintiff’s counsel that he could ‘make it all go away’ if plaintiff paid Magilaya Counsel and his associated — defendant Jose Victor Los Banos Biongco —$300,000,” according to the 7-page complaint filed by L.A. attorney Mark Geragos.

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https://www.courthousenews.com/chris-brown-claims-lawyer-tried-extort/

Source: https://www.courthousenews.com/chris-brown...

INC EXTORTION CASE ON TMZ?

Concert Organizer Tried to EXTORT ME FOR $300K

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Chris Brown claims he's been held up for $300,000 over a show he postponed, but eventually made up, in the Philippines ... so now he's going after the concert organizer in court.

Chris says the trouble started when he was forced to delay a New Year's Eve 2014 gig in the Philippines ... due to a "misplaced passport." He arranged to play the makeup show in July 2015 ... and performed right on schedule.

The next day ... Chris was trying to leave his hotel -- but, according to the docs, he was met by armed men who blocked his exit. Chris says a lawyer for the arena walked up and told him he would be arrested -- unless he wired $300k to a trust fund for Jose Victor Los Banos Biongco.

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http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/21/chris-brown-lawsuit-extortion-philippines-concert/

Source: http://www.tmz.com/2017/07/21/chris-brown-...

Call for justice for BRO. LITO FRUTO

Expelled INC members call for justice for slain ex-member

GUNNED DOWN. Expelled INC member Jose Norilito Fruto was shot as he was traveling along Cavitex Exit on May 24, 2017. Contributed photo

GUNNED DOWN. Expelled INC member Jose Norilito Fruto was shot as he was traveling along Cavitex Exit on May 24, 2017. Contributed photo

MANILA, Philippines – Expelled members of influential homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) called for justice for one of their slain fellows, who was gunned down by an unidentified suspect while traveling to Cavite last week.

According to a report from the Kawit Municipal Police Station, Jose Norilito Fruto was shot several times by an unidentified gunman as he was driving along Cavitex Exit in Barangay Marulas, Kawit, Cavite, at around 1:30 am last May 24.

Fruto, who was driving a black Mazda vehicle, was shot as he reached the corner of Cavitex Exit and Tirona Highway. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds on his head and body, killing him on the spot.

The Cavite scene of the crime operatives, led by Police Senior Inspector Fernando Perilla, recovered from the crime scene 4 fired cartridge cases of caliber .45 and one fired bullet inside the vehicle.

Several excommunicated INC members allege that the killing may have been perpetrated by church officials, whom Fruto has publicly spoken out against.

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Fruto, a US citizen, was expelled from the INC in 2015 because of his critical statements against the church, which had been rocked by corruption scandals and allegations of abductions supposedly perpetrated by top INC officials. 

In November 2015, he filed a complaint against members of the INC's top administrative body, the Sanggunian, accusing them of coercion, harassment, threats, and arbitrary detention.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/171281-expelled-inc-members-justice-jose-fruto

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INC Arena Builder smuggling case?

Builder of INC’s colossal Philippine Arena faces smuggling case

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The Bureau of Customs (BOC) on Wednesday said it was running after property developer New San Jose Builders Inc., which allegedly failed to pay taxes for importing construction materials when it built the Iglesia ni Cristo’s (INC) massive Philippine Arena.

In a statement, the BOC said it transmitted a smuggling complaint to the Office of the Solicitor General on Tuesday.

Customs Commissioner Nicanor E. Faeldon also told reporters that New San Jose Builders’ tax dues had reached P1 billion for importing construction materials even as it invoked the tax-free perks under Republic Act No. 9593 or the Tourism Act of 2009. The law gives away incentives to firms within tourism enterprise zones.

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http://business.inquirer.net/228408/builder-incs-colossal-philippine-arena-faces-smuggling-case

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alarmed over 'disappearances'

Ex-INC members alarmed over 'disappearances'

MISSING. Expelled INC member Felix Villocino, who used to deliver supplies to Angel Manalo's family, was last seen on April 19. Photo from Rhoda Villocino

MISSING. Expelled INC member Felix Villocino, who used to deliver supplies to Angel Manalo's family, was last seen on April 19. Photo from Rhoda Villocino

Expelled members of the Iglesia ni Cristo appeal to President Duterte to investigate reports of missing ex-INC members, allegedly similar to the reported abduction of ministers in 2015

MANILA, Philippines – At least two former members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) have gone missing, in two separate incidents that occurred within days of each other.

FELIX VILLOCINO

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DANILO PATUNGAN

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Danilo Patungan, a security guard for a condominium in Bonifacio Global City, has been out of touch since leaving for work the afternoon of April 11, according to his wife Delia.

Days later, another expelled INC member, Felix Villocino, also went missing and has not returned to his Quezon City residence for days.

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Several excommunicated INC members told Rappler they fear this is a repeat of the reported abductions of expelled church ministers back in 2015, when the family feud between INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo and his estranged siblings, Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, came to light. (READ: Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo

Both Patungan and Villocino have links to the INC leader's estranged brother, Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo.

Patungan had been a security guard for Angel for 16 years, before moving to his current job at the Taguig City condominium 3 years ago. Villocino, meanwhile, has long been delivering food and other supplies to the Manalos' residence in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/167710-expelled-inc-members-alarmed-missing

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US-Based former INC Speaks

US-based ex-Iglesia members slam QC arrest of 30 fellow church critics

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OAKLAND, California — Expelled members of the international Iglesia Ni Cristo church expressed concern over reports that police detained at least 30 persons, including two siblings of the current executive minister, for questioning and further investigation for alleged illegal activities inside the church compound.

Complaints of illegal possession of firearms reportedly will be filed by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) against expelled Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, his wife Jennie, his sister, Lolita “Lottie” Manalo Hemedez and 23 others.

All were rounded up March 2 at the Manalo residence inside the INC compound and brought to Camp Karingal. The police raided the residence on the strength of a search warrant for an alleged armory inside the 36 Tandang Sora, Quezo City compound.

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http://usa.inquirer.net/2067/us-based-ex-iglesia-members-slam-qc-arrest-30-fellow-church-critics

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INC ANGEL MANALO POLICE RAID?

Police recover weaponry inside INC compound, but who's liable?

The police raid the house of Angel Manalo on March 2 but recover massive weaponry from the Iglesia compound only 6 days later

WEAPONRY. NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde and Quezon City Police District head Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar present to media weapons seized from the Iglesia ni Cristo compound, March 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

WEAPONRY. NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde and Quezon City Police District head Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar present to media weapons seized from the Iglesia ni Cristo compound, March 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) presented to the media on Thursday, March 9, recovered weapons from the contested Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in Quezon City.

The police said they found 73 firearms, 89 grenades, and more than 17,000 live ammunitions inside the contested 36 Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Wednesday, March 8.

The police stopped short of saying which direction the investigation will head – in the direction of dismissed INC member Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo who was arrested March 2, or the INC as an institution which has an ownership claim on the compound. Angel is the younger brother of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo.

NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde, however, said he does not believe the weaponry belong to the INC.

"INC claims they own the place but they are not staying there so how could they amass these firearms? Hindi nila (INC) alam kung ano ang pinasok do'n over the years, kaya nila tayo binigyan ng explicit permission, para malinis na rin 'yung property of anything illegal otherwise macha-charge sila, otherwise hindi naman nila 'yan ipapa-clear kung alam nila na may ganyan karami," Albayalde said on Thursday.

(INC claims they own the place but they are not staying there so how could they amass these firearms? The INC does not know what have been brought inside the compound over the years, that's why they gave us explicit permission to clean the property of anything illegal otherwise they would be charged. They would not have allowed us to clear it if they knew there were that many weapons inside.)

Charges against Manalo

One thing is clear at this point: Angel Manalo will face non-bailable charges of illegal possession of firearms based on the recommendation of the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office. (READ: WATCH: Angel Manalo speaks to supporters after arrest)

Manalo will be charged for the 6 firearms recovered on March 2 in his house inside the compound. The no-bail recommendation, according to the police, was based on Manalo's admission during the preliminary investigation that he owns the house.

His nephew Victor Eraño Manalo-Hemedez will be similary charged but with bail, while another occupant of the house, Jonathan Ledesma, will be charged for direct assault with frustrated murder for allegedly shooting two cops during the March 2 raid.

The question is: why were the cops unable to recover the entire weaponry on March 2 when they already had the search warrant? Albayalde explained that it was not covered by the warrant.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/163733-police-weaponry-inc-compound-liable

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Angel Manalo speaks after arrest

Angel Manalo speaks to supporters after arrest

ARRESTED. Felix Nathaniel 'Angel' Manalo waves to his supporters who came to see him at Camp Karingal. Screenshot by Rappler

ARRESTED. Felix Nathaniel 'Angel' Manalo waves to his supporters who came to see him at Camp Karingal. Screenshot by Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Supporters of Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo, the estranged sibling of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, flocked to Camp Karingal in Quezon City on Thursday night, March 2, to see the former INC member after his arrest.

A video taken at Camp Karingal on Thursday showed Manalo, clad in a blue shirt and black pants, approaching the gate to greet supporters who came to see him.

Manalo was arrested on Thursday, hours after policemen entered the INC compound where his house was located, supposedly armed with a search warrant. (READ: 'Dapa, dapa, dapa!' Cops drive Manalo siblings out of Iglesia compound)

Police, however, failed to produce a search warrant when they barged into the Manalos' house on Thursday, according to Angel's wife, Jenny.

The police also refused to confirm charges against Manalo, although reports said he was charged with illegal possession of firearms. (READ: Masked men threaten media covering Iglesia conflict)

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/163106-angel-manalo-speaks-supporters-arrest

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Angel Manalo arrested?

Angel Manalo arrested, still being investigated

Investigation is ongoing as of posting, as followers from the Iglesia Ni Cristo turn emotional

CAMP KARINGAL. Angel Manalo is taken to Camp Karingal on March 2, 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

CAMP KARINGAL. Angel Manalo is taken to Camp Karingal on March 2, 2017. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo, the younger brother of Iglesia Ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo was arrested Thursday afternoon, March 2, and brought to Camp Karingal in Quezon City (QC).

The Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU) of the QC Police Department told Rappler as of 6:43 pm, investigation is still ongoing and a case has yet to be filed against the estranged Manalo sibling. Other reports said he was charged with illegal possession of firearms.

The police refused to confirm charges against Manalo, whose tearful and emotional supporters had gathered outside the gate of the camp. (READ: Angel Manalo seeks help vs demolition of home in INC compound)

The day before, Wednesday, shots were reportedly fired indiscriminately from his house inside 36 Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City.

It was on the basis of this incident that a search warrant was reportedly secured and used by policemen to barge into his house. But when Manalo asked for a search warrant from the police, they could not produce any. 

“Tinutukan kami ng baril. Kaya di na kami kumibo. ’Tinaas na lang namin ang aming mga kamay. Ayaw naming maging violent, magkaroon ng casualty,” Manalo told Rappler. (They pointed guns at us, so we did not move. We just raised our hands. We did not want to be violent, didn’t want casualties.)

As of posting, media were still barred from entering the camp. – Rappler.com

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/163069-angel-manalo-arrested-iglesia-ni-cristo

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"Don't interfere with our project"?

Angel Manalo seeks help vs demolition of home in INC compound

37 TANDANG SORA. The part of the Iglesia ni Cristo Compound where siblings Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo-Hemedez reside. Photo by Rambo Talabong

37 TANDANG SORA. The part of the Iglesia ni Cristo Compound where siblings Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo-Hemedez reside. Photo by Rambo Talabong

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.

https://www.facebook.com/lowell.menorcaii.3/videos/416414368715846/

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/163010-angel-manalo-help-demolition-inc-compound

Source: https://www.rappler.com/nation/163010-ange...

INC MEDIA BLACKOUT?

Masked men threaten media covering Iglesia conflict

(UPDATED) A masked man tells a Rappler production specialist to leave immediately 'kung ayaw mo ng gulo'

KEEPING WATCH. Police wait outside 36 Tandang Sora. Rappler photo

KEEPING WATCH. Police wait outside 36 Tandang Sora. Rappler photo

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Random masked men and police drove away a Rappler researcher and production specialist at 36 Tandang Sora, the subject of conflicting ownership claims within the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).

At 8 am Thursday, March 2, police entered the contested Tandang Sora compound supposedly armed with a search warrant. Later in the day, Angel Manalo, younger brother of Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, told Rappler the policemen could not show them a search warrant.

Barangay Councilor Jerry Gonzales said the police alerted them about an "operation" but he did not know the purpose of that operation. More than 20 policemen stood waiting outside the gate of the property Thursday morning.

“Pagdating namin meron nang nakapasok na tropa natin sa loob…Dito lang naman kami sa perimeters…Kasi yung team nila nandoon, hindi naman kami kasama sa team nila sa loob,” he told Rappler.

(When we arrived, they were already inside… We're just here around the perimeter [of 36 Tandang Sora]...Because their team is inside, we are not part of the team.)

At past 9:30 am, Rappler researcher Rambo Talabong was interrogated by barangay officials and was asked to leave. His phone was taken away from him and returned only on condition he rode a tricycle. He was also asked to delete photos from his phone.

"Hinablot po ang phone ko habang papalayo ako. Humingi po ako ng tulong sa police na naka-standby. Wala pong reaction," Talabong said. (They grabbed my phone while I was walking away. I asked help from the police on standby but there was no reaction.)

Talabong rode a tricycle and was escorted by a barangay official to the Templo Central police station.

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https://www.rappler.com/nation/163016-masked-men-threaten-media-iglesia-conflict

Former INC - Suspected Blogger arrested

Suspected anti-Iglesia blogger arrested

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo

DETAINED. INC member Rovic Canono is detained in Camp Karingal over a case filed by his ex-wife. Sourced photo

MANILA, Philippines – An expelled member of the influential homegrown church Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has been arrested over a case filed by his wife, allegedly under the instigation of the church leadership. 

Rovic Canono was arrested and detained in Camp Karingal, Quezon City, on Friday, November 11, for violation of Republic Act 9262, or the anti-violence against women and children act.

Canono is accused of violating Sections 5(h) and (i) of RA 9262, which refer to causing emotional or psychological distress to the woman or her child, and causing mental or emotional anguish, public ridicule, or humiliation.

Canono is reportedly suspected of being behind social media accounts critical of the church leadership. 

Over the past year, the Facebook account "Sher Lock" and the blog "Silent No More" have been running stories alleging corruption within the church's ranks. The blog and Facebook page have also posted stories on the alleged abductions of church ministers and harassment of the estranged siblings of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, in an ongoing issue that has rocked the church since July last year. (READ: Revolt in the Iglesia ni Cristo)

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Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles Suspended

SC slaps 3-year suspension on lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles

SUSPENDED. Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles (left) is suspended by the Supreme Court. In this file photo, Angeles speaks to her client Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged sibling of INC leader Eduardo Manalo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

SUSPENDED. Lawyer Trixie Cruz-Angeles (left) is suspended by the Supreme Court. In this file photo, Angeles speaks to her client Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged sibling of INC leader Eduardo Manalo. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – Trixie Cruz-Angeles, lawyer in controversial cases involving expelled members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), has been suspended for 3 years by the Supreme Court (SC) over a complaint filed against her in 2003.

In its en banc session on Tuesday, August 9, the SC ordered the suspension of Angeles and co-respondent Wylie Paner for violating provisions of the Code of Professional Responsibility in relation to the annulment case of petitioner Cleo Dongga-as.

In his complaint, Dongga-as said he paid P350,000 to engage the services of the lawyers.

"Despite constant follow-ups, respondents were unable to produce a petition for annulment, with various reasons being given by respondents for their failure to do so, including that there was no record of marriage (which was a false statement as verified by complainant)," the SC public information office said.

Dongga-as said Angeles and Paler refused to return the money when he demanded a refund. He added that the two lawyers also sent him two billing statements for "consultants," amounting to P45,000.

This prompted Dongga-as to file a complaint with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)'s Committee on Bar Discipline.

According to the SC, Angeles denied being remiss in her duties, citing the complainant's failure to provide the address of his estranged wife and to provide sufficient evidence as the cause of the delay in filing the petition.

She also said that Paler was tasked to draft and finalize the petition.

Paler had moved to dismiss the case, arguing that it was filed to avoid payment of attorney's fees.

The IBP's investigating committee found the two administratively liable and recommended their 4-month suspension, while the IBP Board of Governors recommended a two-year suspension.

The SC adopted the IBP's findings, but raised the penalty to a 3-year suspension.

Aside from the suspension, the SC also ordered the respondents to return the P350,000 to Dongga-as within 90 days from the finality of the decision.

In a Facebook post, Angeles said she accepted the SC decision.

"I will not argue the merits of my case, though I strongly believe I was not accorded due process. However, I am an officer of the court and subject to its disciplines. I am also subject to the legal system. And I believe in that system. Even if it fails individuals, I do not believe that it fails society. Though it can stand improvement, there is no better way yet," she wrote.

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