Philippines: Members protest ‘house arrest’ of Church of Christ founding leaders
Manila: Members of a powerful non-Catholic Christian group that can command block-voting had to contend with “people-power” after they ousted five founding members who were allegedly held hostage in their own palatial homes in suburban Quezon City, sources said.
Eduardo Manalo, executive minister of the Church of Christ (INC), ousted his mother Cristina “Tenny” Manalo, sister Lolita Manalo Hemedez, and two brothers, Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo, Marco Erano Villanueva Manalo because “they started questioning INC’s finances, religious teachings, and why nine INC ministers went missing,” former INC minister Roel Rosal told Gulf News.
“They are now held in their own homes, without food, water, and electricity. They have been posting on their windows these alarming signs: We are hostages. Where are the missing ministers,” said Rosal. The police denied the report.
But ardent INC members vowed to continue holding vigils for the ousted Manalo’s near INC’s cathedral-like church on Commonwealth Avenue. Details