Gordon, Red Cross to help Manalo siblings

Manila, Philippines – In a radio interview on a popular radio program on DZRH, Red Cross Chairman Richard Gordon said that the Red Cross will help the Manalo siblings at the Tandang Sora compound in Quezon City.

Asked about the letter of Felix Nathaniel Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo Hemedez seeking Philippine Red Cross humanitarian assistance, Gordon initially replied that he did not receive the letters sent to both his Senate Office and the Chairman’s office at the Red Cross in Mandaluyong City.

Upon further pressing by Milky Rigonan and News Anchor Joe Taruc about what help Gordon can provide, he said the matter should be referred to the DSWD as an added solution. He however relented and committed by saying at the end of the interview that the Red Cross will assist the Manalo sibllings on humanitarian grounds. “Tutulungan natin kahit kailangan mapasok tutulungan natin” was his parting statement.

Gordon who has been a known champion of citizen’s rights and disaster relief is a staunch advocate of human rights. He sits as Chairman of the powerful Senate Blue Ribbon Committee and the the Senate Justice Committee that has been looking into the extra judicial killings and alleged rub out of Albuerra Leyte Mayor Espinosa.

Richard Gordon during his Presidential Bid wearing the red color of Red Cross

Richard Gordon during his Presidential Bid wearing the red color of Red Cross

During the last election, Gordon was also supported by the powerful Philippine Church Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) who have been known for their block voting during elections.

Supporters of Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo Hemedez were elated upon hearing the news report. However some had their reservations as to whether Gordon and the Red Cross would act immediately given the hesitance the Red Cross Chairman showed in the interview. They said: “Kung ang CHR (Commission on Human Rights) walang magawa, ano pa kaya ang Red Cross? Baka may utang na loob si Chairman sa Iglesia Ni Cristo, kaya di basta gumagalaw! Ang pagkakilala namin kay Gordon ay mabilis siya umaksyon at fair sa lahat!”

They called for impartiality in the matter and called on the Red Cross to act on its sworn mandate to help those who are in humanitarian crisis.

Currently the Manalo siblings have been walled in at the 36 Tandang Sora Compound. The Iglesia Ni Cristo has yet to make a statement.

This news has been verified by Newsmeph:

Gordon nangako ng tulong
sa magkapatid na Manalo





Click link below: Gordon interview DZRH Joe Taruc and Milky Rigonan




Angel and Lottie Manalo asks Red Cross help against INC siege

Food Route: Red to Lottie Hemedez home and Green to Angel Manalo home. The red walls indicate the corrugated sheet walls the surround both the compound and the houses. All exits and entrances are controlled by Iglesia Ni Cristo armed guards.

Food Route: Red to Lottie Hemedez home and Green to Angel Manalo home. The red walls indicate the corrugated sheet walls the surround both the compound and the houses. All exits and entrances are controlled by Iglesia Ni Cristo armed guards.


November 23, 2016, Manila – In a letter to Red Cross Chairman and Senator Richard Gordon, Felix Nathaniel Angel Manalo and Lolita Manalo Hemedez requested immediate and urgent intervention and relief on the siege being conducted on their homes at 36 Tandang Sora St. Quezon City.

According to Angel and Lottie, the living conditions in the INC controlled compound have become inhuman where the basic necessities of food, water and medicines have been controlled by the security personnel of their brother Eduardo Manalo who is currently the sitting Executive Minister of the Iglesia Ni Cristo.

They also cited that their basic rights have been curtailed such as the right to freedom of movement and their right to have their lawyers confer and visit them. The letter described the corrugated sheet walls that have been built to surround the houses and also to surround the said INC Compound.

In recent months, 1 person has already died due to a heart attack within the said INC compound due to the conditions and lack of medical treatment.

The INC compound used to include the homes of former Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo, their Father, and homes of other siblings. All of which were demolished by the current INC leadership.

Electricity and water utilities to the homes have been purposely cut by the Church to force the two Manalo’s to evacuate. Reports on the internet also show photos of guards with long fire arms surrounding the houses forcing the residents to stay indoors further verifying the contents of the letter.

In their letter they said: “While we know the property we live in is ours, it is the subject of a property claim erroneously made by the Iglesia Ni Cristo.” and described conditions as “worst than Muntinlupa Bilibid Prison”.

Both Angel and Lottie were expelled by their brother from the Iglesia Ni Cristo after being accused of inspiring a reform movement within the church to battle corruption. This resulted in a purge of Ministers who were deemed loyal to the previous Executive Minister Erano G. Manalo.

The same letter noted that the siege has been ongoing for the last 4 months.

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Time heals old political wounds-Laurel family calls for unity

In a rare interview granted by Celia Diaz Laurel to CNN Philippines, the matriarch of the Laurel family, during the 88th Birth Anniversary of former Vice President Salvador H. Laurel last Nov 18, 2016 she called for unity among Filipinos.  She said that we should all move forward, learn from the past and unite for the future of the Philippines. “This is what Doy Laurel would have wanted if he were still alive today.”

The simple and sublime celebration of Doy Laurel coincided with the controversial burial of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani where the former Vice President is also at rest.

As history would have it, Doy Laurel and Ferdinand Marcos were at the opposite sides of the political divide – Laurel being a staunch leader of the opposition united under his UNIDO party and Marcos the strongman who was then ruling the Philippines. Both Laurel and Marcos are members of the Upsilon Sigma Phi of the University of the Philippines, and despite being on opposite sides and of opposite beliefs would be courteous and respectful to one another because of their brotherly bonds.  It was in fact Marcos who called Doy to Hawaii during his waining days to discuss his proposal to return to the Philippines and be buried in his country, with Doy delivering the message in his official capacity as the Vice President and as a direct link to the wife of Ninoy Aquino, another Upsilonian, – then President Cory Aquino.

The revelations of this meeting are contained in the memoirs of the late Vice President.

In response to a loaded question by CNN Philippines reporter JC Gotinga meant to incite further controversy on the burial of Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, Mrs. Laurel responded by saying Marcos was a soldier and that he served in World War 2. She further added that Filipinos must follow our laws and find a common ground in the interest of national unity.  This is how we should move forward as a nation and this is how Doy Laurel would have wanted it – putting the interest of the nation above that of personal interest.

The Supreme Court decided to allow the burial of the late President Marcos at the Libingan ng mga Bayani, lifting a TRO that was filed at the lower courts to stop the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte allowing the controversial burial. The President was at the APEC Summit in Peru during the burial last Nov 18. Congressman Edcel Lagman said he will initiate a move in Congress to have the body of the late strongman exhumed from the sacred burial grounds.

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EXCLUSIVE: The widow of Vice President Doy Laurel, who ran alongside President Corazon Aquino in the 1986 snap elections, says Marcos deserves to be buried at the Libingan ng mga Bayani.

Posted by CNN Philippines on Saturday, November 19, 2016