The Court of Appeals (CA) has started hearing the petitions filed by a former minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) against the leadership of the religious group.
Security was tight as early as 8:30 a.m. The hearing for the petitions for writ of habeas corpus and amparo for the release of expelled minister Lowell Menorca was set for hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday. Several INC ministers and members were among those who waited to attend the hearing.
Named respondents in the petitions were INC Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo and Sanggunian members Radel Cortz, Bienvenido Santiago and Rolando Esguerra. Menorca has claimed that he and his family were illegally detained by the INC in Quezon City.
The petitioners are Menorca’s brother Anthony and sister-in-law Jungko Otsuka.