On Thursday, July 23, an unidentified person flashed a sign outside an INC building in 36 Tandang Sora, Quezon City: “Tulong, hostage kami.” (Help, we’re held hostage.)
The person flashed the sign at least two times between 11 am and 12 noon.
IGLESIA STRONGHOLD. Tandang Sora, Quezon City, where this building is located, is also the site of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s central office. Reporters stay outside this building for latest developments on the Iglesia ni Cristo controversy
An unidentified person warns against a personality or personalities aboard a certain vehicle Revo Black LGV395, and about ‘armed’ personalities near the building.
Reporters from Rappler, ABS-CBN, GMA-7, TV5, and CNN Philippines had been staking out there.
This comes as the INC’s executive minister, Eduardo Manalo, expelled his brother and mother.
His brother Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, and his mother, Tenny, said in a Youtube video that their lives “are in danger.”
Angel is the younger brother of Eduardo, the present executive minister of the powerful and influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), which celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2014 and will be commemorating their 101st on Monday, July 27.
Their father is Eraño “Erdy” Manalo, who died in August 2009 and was Iglesia’s former executive minister.
Angel Manalo says in the video, “Nananawagan po kami sa inyo dahil nanganganib po ang aming buhay. Sana’y matulungan niyo po kami.” (We are appealing to you because our lives are in danger. We hope that you can help us.)
Tenny also said in the Youtube video: “Tulungan niyo rin ang mga ministro na dinukot at hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nakikita. Kaawaan natin sila at ang kanilang pamilya.” (Let us also help the ministers who were taken and until now, have not yet been found. Let us show mercy to them and their families.)