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.
This news has been verified by Newsmeph: