Courtesy of ABS CBN NEWS –
The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has expelled Cristina “Tenny” Manalo, the widow of INC’s former executive minister Eraño “Erdy” Manalo, and their son, Felix Nathaniel “Angel,” an INC minister announced on Thursday.
In a press conference, INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago said the INC leadership decided to expel the two from the general membership of the INC after they appeared in a YouTube video claiming their lives are in danger and that some ministers have allegedly been abducted.
According to Santiago, there is no truth to the claims of Tenny and Angel.
“Yung lumabas sa YouTube kagabi na pahayag ni Angel Manalo at ng kanyang ina na nananawagan sa mga kaanib sa Iglesia para sila ay tulungan dahil diumano ay nanganganib ang kanilang buhay at meron pang alegasyon na meron daw mga dinukot na mga ministro na wari’y ibig na palabasin na may kinalaman ang Iglesia, ay wala pong katotohanan. Hindi po totoo yun,” he said.
He alleged the two are just trying to gain sympathy from their members so they can interfere in the administration of INC affairs. He said the two violated the INC’s teachings and regulations.
“Ang basa namin doon sa ipinahayag nila kagabi sa YouTube ay ibig lamang nilang makakuha ng mga tao na magsisimpatya sa kanila para nang sa ganun ay makuha nila yung talagang gusto nila na mapakialaman ang pamamahala sa Iglesia,” said Santiago.
Angel’s elder brother, Eduardo, is the present executive minister of the powerful INC, which has at least 2.2 million members. Eduardo took over as executive minister after the death of his father Eraño in 2009.