MANILA - A Metropolitan Trial Court (MTC) has ordered the two siblings of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) chief Eduardo V. Manalo from a property of the religious sect in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.
The Manila MTC Branch 12 ruled in favor of the INC's ejectment suit against Manalo's siblings, expelled INC members Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo and Lolita "Lottie" Manalo-Hemedez.
In a six-page decision, Judge Ann Sia of the Manila MTC Branch 12 said the expelled INC members are illegally residing in the church's property in 36 Tandang Sora.
In a press conference on Saturday, INC spokesperson Edwin Zabala said the estranged siblings of the sect's executive minister lost the privilege to live in the property when they were expelled in July 2015.
INC lawyer Moises Tolentino explained: "The privilege had already been terminated when they were expelled from the church, having committed some serious relation of the church doctrines."
"The decision says that they are ordered to immediately vacate and surrender possession of the premises to the plaintiff which is the INC. If they do not do it on their own, we will be compelled to file a motion for execution which we intend to do next week and have it heard by the court," Tolentino added.
Zabala also believes the siblings posed a threat to INC, noting that security personnel at the Tandang Sora property intercepted hearing devices, wire and parts of a drone which were supposedly delivered to Lottie and Angel.
He said the items were allegedly concealed in food deliveries and packages from the visitors of the siblings.
Lottie, Angel and their mother Cristina were expelled from INC after appearing in a YouTube video and claiming that their lives were in danger and that some ministers have allegedly been abducted.
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After their expulsion, Lottie also insisted that the Tandang Sora property does not belong to INC because it was bought by her late husband and was never sold to the influential sect.
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