MANILA, Philippines – The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Thursday, July 23, said it can re-admit the expelled mother and brother of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, on one condition.
INC spokesman Edwil Zabala told Rappler that the expulsion does not totally close the INC's doors for the Manalo mother and son.
He said the INC is asking for their obedience and commitment to the church's values and teachings should they decide to come back.
On Thursday, Manalo decided to expel his own mother and brother from the powerful church after the two exposed a supposed death threat.
In a news conference, INC General Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago said INC head Manalo could not condone any attempts to sow conflict within the group.
Angel and Tenny's YouTube video – which Santiago called a mere attempt to win sympathy – left the INC with no choice but to impose the punishment meted out to erring members.
"Hindi makapapayag ang kapatid na Eduardo Manalo, ang kasalukuyang tagapamahalang pangkalahatan, na ang Iglesia ay guluhin nang sinumang tao. Kaya, doon sa ginawa nila na iyon kagabi na maliwanag naman na ang layon ay makalikha ng mga pagkakabaha-bahagi ay hindi maiiwasan na ipatupad sa kanila ang mga tuntunin at patakaran ng Iglesia na ipinatutupad ng tagapamahalang pangkalahatan sa lahat ng mga kaanib sa Iglesia," Santiago said.
(Brother Eduardo Manalo, our current executive minister, will not allow the Iglesia to be ruined by anyone. So for what they did last night, the goal of which was to create division, we cannot avoid imposing the same rules and laws that all members of the Iglesia are bound to.)
'Bakit ganito ang ganti sa amin?'
The INC official also accused the two of attempting to meddle in the group's leadership.
"Ang basa namin doon sa ipinahayag nila kagabi sa YouTube ay ibig lamang nila makakuha ng mga tao na magsisimpatya sa kanila para nang sa ganoon ay makuha nila iyong talagang gusto nila: na mapakialaman ang pamamahala sa Iglesia," Santiago said.
(Our reading of what they announced last night through the YouTube video is that they only want to gain sympathy so that they can achieve their real goal: to meddle in the leadership of Iglesia.)
Despite the INC's claims, several INC followers trooped to Quezon City on Thursday to support Angel and Tenny.
Sporting white ribbons on their wrists, a handful of INC members – less than a dozen – gathered outside an INC building.
INC member Shirley Cruz Rosal turned emotional. She sobbed as she pleaded for the release of ministers allegedly held captive by some senior members of the group.
In between sobs, Rosal expressed her grief and frustration at what she implied to be a betrayal of the church.
"Bakit ganito ang nagiging ganti sa amin?" she said. (Why are we getting this in return?) – Rappler.com