Was it a child? Police doubt Manalo statement on calls for help

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Posted at Jul 24 2015 04:02 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2015 12:02 AM

Police are doubtful about Iglesia ni Cristo's Angel Manalo's statements that it was a child who displayed a message on their window saying they are being held hostage.

Quezon City Police District chief, Director Joel Pagdilao said he talked to Manalo on Friday and the INC official told him that a "distressed" minor was the one posting the messages on the window.

"Hindi po kapanipaniwala 'yun, lalo na po na ang nakalagay dun ay 'hostage kami'. Naniniwala po ako na nilagay yan as a warning. Eto ay in-asses na natin," said Pagdilao.

Police tried but failed to enter the home of expelled Iglesia ni Cristo members Tenny and Angel Manalo.

Authorities wanted to check on the Manalos amid claims they were being held against their will inside their home in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Manalo however denied police entry after reassuring cops that the people inside the compound are safe.

POLICE PROBE

The Quezon City Police District will also investigate the allegation that other Iglesia ni Cristo ministers have been abducted.

QCPD Director Joel Pagdilao said that the families of the alleged victims can come to the police district to ask for help.

He explains that the police can't enter the Manalo home without a court order.

"Tinanong ko siya (Angel Manalo) kung merong siyang mga kasamang ministro, ang sabi niya po wala daw. Ang kasama lang daw po niya dun ay 'yung kapatid niyang dalawa... At 'yung mga sinabi niya pong ministro na nawawala, eto po ay ating imbebestigahan," said Pagdilao.