By Ramon Tulfo – Source link
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 02:40:00 07/07/2009
Merrymaking in the village of San Juan, Apalit, Pampanga turned violent when a Catholic fiesta celebrator doused water on an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) minister.
The incident took place during the feast of St. John the Baptist when local folks douse water on passersby in the streets.
Joel Banag, 31, a tricycle driver, splashed water on a purported Iglesia minister whom he didn’t recognize.
The INC preacher allegedly punched Banag, who punched him back.
They were pacified and Banag went home.
But the incident didn’t end there. A group of alleged INC members, who were armed, went to Banag’s house and asked him to come out.
Banag didn’t come out, fearing retaliation.
At this point, Senior Police Officer 1 Avelino Balingit Jr. of the Apalit police force, an alleged INC member, barged into Banag’s house and arrested him without a warrant.
While Banag was being marched to the police precinct, the INC mob allegedly beat him to a pulp.
He arrived at the station bloodied and half naked as his shirt was allegedly torn by the mob.
If INC Bishop Erano “Ka Erdie” Manalo reads this, I’m sure he’ll be fuming mad over the abusive members.