For Manalo kin, help comes in food deliveries
MANILA, Philippines – No group of supporters showed up on Friday, July 24, outside an Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in Quezon City, unlike a day earlier when sympathizers gathered to support the INC head's mother and brother.
Instead, followers of Angel and Tenny Manalo, relatives of INC head Eduardo Manalo, chose to show their support in a different way: through food deliveries.
On Friday, delivery riders came to the INC compound at 36 Tandang Sora, Quezon City, bringing food for at least 30 people.
One delivery amounted to P3,000 ($65.85); another was delivered from a supporter in Singapore.
The names of the senders varied, as did the food, but the intended recipients remained the same: Ka Angel and Ka Tenny.
The mother and son drew public attention after coming out with a Youtube video on Wednesday, July 22, where they appealed for help after claiming that their lives are in danger.
Much calmer day
Responding to their appeal, INC followers loyal to the Manalos trooped to the INC compound on Thursday night, July 23, to show solidarity. But some admitted that many remain hesitant to publicly support Eduardo's apparently estranged kin, fearing this could affect their standing in INC.
This was especially after the leadership took swift steps to resolve the apparent rift within the group – expelling Angel and Tenny Manalo on Thursday, and imposing the same punishment on a minister who alleged that he and his family had been placed under house arrest.
Thursday was a big news day for the group. It ended as police attempted to enter the compound and as Angel faced the media, coming out with allegations of corruption within the church leadership.
The situation was much calmer and quieter the next day. Media vans were still parked along the street, with police patrol cars sandwiched between them. Reporters and photographers continued the waiting game, watching the small brown gate for signs of activity and hoping for another glimpse inside the closed-off compound.
The silence continued to leave uncertain the future of the clan that has figured prominently in the lives of the 1.37 million members of the INC for a century. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P45.56