MANILA, Philippines – Police guarding the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in Quezon City have allegedly blocked the delivery of food and supplies to Angel Manalo, brother of INC head Eduardo Manalo.
Former INC minister Roel Rosal, who was expelled for exposing the alleged corruption in the INC, made this claim on Tuesday, July 28.
Danica Rosales (not her real name) also told Rappler that around 4 pm on Monday, July 27, police approached several supporters of Angel. The cops reportedly requested them to reveal their names "for their protection."
"The atmosphere was very intimidating," she said.
Police Senior Inspector Jun Fortunato denied Rosal's accusations of harassment. Fortunato said police were deployed in the area "to provide security."
Meanwhile, investigators from the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) also arrived at the INC compound to check the alleged blocking of food deliveries.
Angel and his family have holed up at the INC compound in Tandang Sora, claiming that their lives were "in danger." (READ: Angel Manalo: 'Kuya, sana magkausap na tayo')
He said that the Sanggunian, the council of ministers advising his elder brother, was behind the alleged plot. Angel also slammed corruption within the group, blaming the Sanggunian for manipulating his brother.
In a YouTube video released last week, Angel and his mother Tenny appealed for help and support from their brethren.
Their video prompted other ministers, such as Isaias Samson Jr, to expose the supposed corruption in the INC, thrusting the church in its worst crisis. (READ: Expelled INC minister: Don't cover up wrongdoing)