Angel Manalo alleges 'massive corruption' in Iglesia Ni Cristo

By Jojo Malig, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Jul 24 2015 03:04 AM | Updated as of Nov 14 2016 04:52 PM

But an INC spokesman belies the claim, says Angel has an 'agenda'

MANILA - A brother of the current leader of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) on Friday morning alleged rampant corruption in the influential religious organization.

Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo, a son of the late INC executive minister Eraño Manalo, said many anomalies started happening when his older brother Eduardo or "Eddie" became leader of the church group in 2009.

"Binabago nila ang aral eh. Sa panahon po ng pamamahala ng kapatid na Felix Y. Manalo, hanggang sa panahon ng kapatid na Erano Manalo, wala tayong nakikitang anomalya," he told journalists who gathered outside the Manalo home in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

"Pero sa panahon ngayon, mas napakarami nang anomalya," he said. "Mahal po namin ang aming kapatid. Kaya lang ang nagiging problema po natin, iyung nasa paligid niya."

"Nasira na po ang doktrina ng Iglesia Ni Cristo. Ngayon po, napakarami nang anomalya," Angel claimed. "Iyon po ang ayaw namin."

'THREATS'

Angel also alleged they have been receiving threats from the INC's Sanggunian, or council of advisers.

"Pinagbabantaan po kami. Iyun pong Sanggunian. Sinasabi lumalaban kami sa pamamahala," Angel said.

"Hindi po kami lumalaban. Mahal po namin ang aming kapatid. Ang amin lang pakiusap, huwag siyang maniniwala sa Sanggunian."

He said church funds are being spent on big projects like the Philippine Arena in Bulacan instead of building INC churches.

"Nauubos na ang abuloy ng Iglesia sa kung ano-anong hindi naman kailangan," Angel said. "Isa na ang Philippine Arena na ipinagtataka ko kung bakit nabuo. Sana lang po hindi nauubos ang pondo sa paggawa ng mga kapilya."

He said his mother Cristina "Tenny" Manalo, who was also expelled from the Church on Thursday for speaking out, is saddened by the turn of events.

"Nalulungkot po siya. Nalulungkot po kami sa nangyayari ngayon," Angel said.

He urged INC ministers and workers to make a stand. "Sa lahat ng mga ministro at manggagawa po ng Iglesia ni Cristo, ako po ay nakikiusap na manindigan po tayo."

He also urged INC members to stage a vigil outside the Manalo home. "Kung maari po sana, pumunta na po tayo dito, mag vigil po tayo para po matapos na lahat ito."

Angel said they don't know where to go now after getting expelled from the INC.

He denied being abducted or held against their will inside the Manalo home, but he fears the fate of several missing ministers.

"Ang abduction po sa labas, hindi po dito. Missing, hindi nga po namin alam."

He said a sign seen on a window outside their home might have been placed by a child in the family. "Meron kasing bata na kasama kami. Siguro nahihirapan na rin sa nangyayari, siya siguro ang naglagay."

'AGENDA'

INC spokesman Edwil Zabala, who also went to area to speak to media on behalf of the current church leadership, downplayed Angel's allegations.

"Kahit hindi siya kapatid sa laman, masasaktan ang isang kaanib kung may paratang na ganyan. Wala po kaming ginagawang masama," he said.

"Pwede ba, matulog na tayo. Gabi na!" Zabala added. "Nakalimutan na yata nila na ang punong tagapamahala ng INC [Eduardo Manalo] ay kuya nila."