Manalo siblings, 31 others detained at QCPD headquarters
Published March 2, 2017 9:25pm
Two siblings of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo and 31 others were brought to the Quezon City Police District headquarters on Thursday for investigations of indiscriminate firing.
Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo and Lolita Manalo-Hemedez were brought to Camp Karingal from their home inside the INC compound in Tandang Sora around 4 p.m., according to a report by GMA News’ Mariz Umali on 24 Oras.
QCPD director Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said two members of the Special Weapons and Tactics Team were injured when someone fired upon them while serving a search warrant for indiscriminate firing issued on February 27.
“During the implementation ng pagse-search dun sa armory, kasi merong reported na armory dun e, nagkaroon ng putukan wherein dalawang members ng ating searching party ang nasugatan,” Eleazar said.
The QCPD has yet to release names of the injured SWAT personnel, the report said.
Eleazar did not confirm who fired at the authorities. He also claimed the compound was guarded by members of the Philippine Marines.
Authorities recovered one M16 rifle, one shotgun, one rifle grenade, and one caliber .40 pistol in the compound. The QCPD is still looking if the firearms have a permit.
Meanwhile, supporters of the Manalos flocked to the QCPD headquarters in tears due to concerns for their safety.
“Ka Angel, lakasan niyo ang loob niyo. Hindi po namin kayo iiwan,” several of the supporters said.
Daisy Gutierrez lamented the fate of the Manalo siblings, who are the children of the late INC Executive Minister Eraño Manalo.
“Awang awa ako sa sinapit ng mga kapatid namin, di naman sila masasama. Anak po ng Ka Erdy yan,” Gutierrez said before shedding tears, even urging President Rodrigo Duterte to probe the incident.
“Gusto lang po namin manawagan sa presidente, imbestigahan niyo po ito. Makikita niyo po ang napalaking panganib sa buhay ng mga tao na yan,” she said.
The report said the Manalos are prohibited from leaving Camp Karingal until investigation on the indiscriminate firing incident is finished.
The family feud of the Manalos came to fore in 2015 during the INC’s 101st founding anniversary when Angel Manalo sought help from the public, saying their life is in danger.
The INC later expelled Angel and the family’s matriarch, Cristina “Tenny” Manalo, for allegedly sowing disharmony among its members. —Joseph Tristan Roxas/JST, GMA News