Angel Manalo is now directly accusing the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) of corruption, saying that the doctrine if the INC has been damaged. However, he defended his older brother Eduardo Manalo (current INC executive minister), emphasizing that he is not challenging him. This strong statements comes a day after he was expelled from the church.
According to reports, Angel Manalo spoke to reporters this Friday at around 1 AM through a small window at the INC compound in Tandang Sora, Quezon City. He also called for a vigil from their church members to support his defense against corruption with the church. He put the blame on the advisers of his brother.
“Nasira na ang doktrina ng Iglesia ni Cristo. Kung papaano ninyo hinangaan noon, nakita ninyo, napakarami nang anomalya. Napakarami nang tiwali na ginagawa sa Iglesia. Iyon po ang ayaw namin. Ang aming pakiusap, ‘wag siyang maniniwala sa Sanggunian na kanyang pinagkakatiwalaan, sapagkat nauubos na ang abuloy ng Iglesia sa mga proyekto na hindi naman kailangan.”
(The doctrine of the Iglesia ni Cristo is now destroyed. In the same way that you admire us before, now you can see there are many anomalies. There are many corruption activities in the Church. That’s what we don’t like. Our request is that, he shouldn’t believe in the Sanggunian that he is trusting, because the donations to the Iglesia are being used on unnecessary projects.)
When asked about the construction of the Philippine Arena, the younger Manalo said he is also wondering why it was built, considering that the priority projects of INC are the huge chapels of the church. Angel Manalo said her mother Terry Manalo is very sad about what’s happening right now, stressing out that they still love and support his brother, Eduardo.
At one point, the expelled INC minister denied that there were some INC ministers being held hostage inside the INC building, saying that there are only a small boy playing. On the last part, he called for a vigil and requested INC ministers and members to go to Tandang Sora to protect the dignity of the church, adding that Eduardo Manalo should give a strong statement.
Yesterday, Thursday, INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago announced via a news conference that Angel Manalo and her mother, Ka Tenny Manalo have been expelled from the church ministry. This is after the mother-and-son released a YouTube video saying that their lives are in danger. There were also reports that at least 9 other ministers have been dismissed.