Expelled minister: No direct threats from INC

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Petitions for a writ of amparo and a writ of habeas corpus filed by expelled Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Chuch of Christ) member Lowell Menorca are in danger of being junked by the Court of Appeals (CA).

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This loomed after Menorca admitted in open court that there is no overt and direct threats from church officials to physically harm him and his family.

He made the admission when he was cross-examined before the Court of Appeals Seventh Division for the writ of amparo petition his family filed when he was allegedly held against his will at the compound of the INC’s Central Office in Quezon City.

It was Rogelio Vinluan, lawyer for the respondents, who grilled Menorca.

“But were you threatened to be harmed?” Vinluan asked Menorca, to which Menorca replied, “Direct, verbally no. Implied and indirect, yes.”

The complainant went further by saying, “We were restrained, heavily-guarded, constantly interrogated. But harm [like being threatened with a knife, none]. [But that we had no freedom, that was the threat to us].”

Vinluan contradict Menorca’s allegations that their liberty was restrained because there were, in fact, instances when he was able to shop and go to the Philippine Arena, a huge, modern theater in Bocaue, Bulacan, owned by the INC.

Menorca replied that even though they were allowed to leave the INC Central Office compound during the time when they were in “detention,” they were still heavily guarded.
Several photographs, including one where Menorca and his family were smiling while inside the compound, were presented before the court and shown to Menorca.

He confirmed that it was indeed his family’s photo shot inside the INC compound.

“I admit that we are smiling in this picture while we are restrained and under heavy guard,” Menorca stated.

Another photo presented in the hearing is the one that was shot during the birthday celebration of Menorca’s wife, Jinky, where Menorca was with 21 visitors inside the compound.

Several requests were allegedly made by Menorca’s camp while in the custody of INC, including being allowed to watch cable television and to go to a gym.

Moises Tolentino, also part of INC’s legal team, manifested before the court some of the interviews conducted by the media with Menorca when he was arrested last week.

Tolentino complained of Menorca’s public assertion, which touches on the content of his judicial affidavit and which may affect judicial proceedings of his case.

Trixie Angeles, Menorca’s lawyer, told the Court of Appeals that they will admonish their client regarding his media interviews.

Menorca should have been subjected to cross-examination last week but while on his way to the court, he was arrested in Manila by members of the Manila Police District by virtue of warrants of arrest issued by courts in Marawi City and Lanao del Norte.

The next hearing shall be on February 15, 2016.

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  1. Bakit pag may commotion made by the group of menorca laging may exclusive footage ang abs cbn? Bakit tuwing may press conference against INC nasa front row si ces drilon? Abs cbn… ces drilon… carandang… malacanang. #BoycottAbsCbn #AbsCbnIrresponsibleJournalism

  2. In addition to Ali’s post, yes, Mr. Menorca was not ordained as a minister, a church worker and a minister is extremely different. Therefore, calling him as an ex-minister is extremely wrong. It should be an ex-church worker or ex-member.

  3. Juvy james pasco on

    To the writer:
    There is a thin line between arrogance and ignorance.
    ignorants can be taught but arrogance can’t.
    So pls investigate well. Church worker is not a minister.

  4. All along INC has been saying that all these shows orchestrated by a group of former INC Central personnel are part of a planned move to divide the church. They want their former positions in the church back. Some irresponsible media outlets led by ABS CBN picked them up by airing one-sided news coverage with the intention of destroying an institution. The link: abs cbn … ces drilon … carandang … malacanang. All these at the expense of INC.

  5. next time, Mario… look for a statement where Lottie explained how she “acquired” the lot. How did she manage to pay for the legal prodecures, taxes and above all- the amount of the said property. Where did she get the money from when she has never worked for anybody or any company? hahaha! OMG people, leave this to the court, just like what our church administration is doing. We believe in our justice system and since we are on the side of the truth, we will win this battle. Because the truth will always prevail. And as for the liars, since they’re fully aware that they’re just lying, they go to ABiaSed-CBN or to media to get public sympathy. Since psychology says that people in general believe lies in an instant, and questions the truth, it’s a no brainer that some people take the bait, especially those who hate the INC. Anyway, be on stand by… you’ll see how the court will junk these st*pid cases one by one. If you ask me, it’s a total waste of time and money but this liars must be stopped from spreading their lies. If they no longer believe in our doctrines, leave. Tge church never begs anyone, you can leave if you no longer believe. But you see it’s not about the doctrines, it’s all about ex-members that you can compare to a spoiled brat child. LOL

  6. To the Writer and Editor,
    Please correct, Mr. Menorca was not ordained as a Ministe, therefore, he never was. He was a member. So Expelled Member

  7. Norbing Fabaleña on

    The downfall of the lier, justice prevail. Glory to our Lord God and to our Lord JesusChrist

  8. INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo is named respondent in the complaint for falsification of public documents filed by his estranged sister, Lottie Manalo Hemedez. He is facing a complaint filed by his own estranged sister Lottie. Eduardo Manalo is the respondent in a complaint for falsification of public documents filed by Lottie, in relation to the contested two-hectare property in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

    On January 6, two days after Hemedez filed the complaint against her brother, the Quezon City assistant city prosecutor Solivan Usman issued a subpoena requiring Manalo to appear at the prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, January 27, for the preliminary investigation of the case.

    Hemedez appeared before the prosecutor to subscribe to her affidavit, accompanied by her lawyer Ahmed Paglinawan. Manalo, however, did not attend, but was represented by INC counsel Willy Santos. Santos said they will submit their counter-affidavit on March 2. The two camps immediately left the prosecutor’s office and did not speak to media.

    Hemedez is contesting the INC’s claim over the 36 Tandang Sora property where she and her brother Angel still reside, 6 months after their brother Eduardo expelled them from the church. She has accused the church of falsifying a deed of sale that transfers the lot to the church. Hemedez’ camp said the document, dated April 2015, was falsified because it was supposedly signed by Hemedez and her husband, who had died in April 2013.

    Hemedez earlier said that aside from claiming the land title to the property, a precedent her father set showed that being part of the family, instead of the church, was what mattered when it comes to being allowed to live with the INC.

    The Manalo camp has also slammed ongoing harassment from the church which, they said, was designed to force them out of the property.

    • bullsh*t. i hope she could prove in the court that she paid everything when she has never worked her entire life. LOL who paid the taxes, property and processing of documents when she has never worked even once in her life? This is what people get from believing this liars. You’ll be put to shame just like Lottie. What a very thick face to claim that the property belongs to her.

    • Be it known to Mario that the Manalo’s dont own any property. All the property is unde the name of the Iglesia Ni Cristo. So, how did it happen that Lottie owns the property at TS? She cannot provide documents that she bought the land. In a transaction, there is a seller and there’s a buyer and a document sign. Let’s wait if Lottie can show any documents. If she’s the owner of the property,why is it that the utility bills-electric,water,telephone are under the INC’s name and The church paying for it. Why is it not her? Common sense Mario. Huwag agad maniwala sa mga sinasabi.

    • Esmeraldo Aban on

      Mario, I am definitely sure that you are only getting informations from the media whatever media that is and you are assuming that the #36 property of which the 2 tiwalag manalo members are currently residing is the real owner of the property…you are not a member of the INC or maybe tiwalag and acnnit admit that these guys gave already taken away their privileges after they were expelled and the property belongs to the INC. There is no any transactions of any kind by the HEMEDEZ showing they owned it and there’s no such thing as inheritance…INC owned it and it was acquired Lottie is still a teenager..so how come the HEMEDEZ bought it?wakey wakey no brainey…

    • next time, Mario… look for a statement where Lottie explained how she “acquired” the property. How did she manage to pay for the legal prodecures, taxes and above all- the amount of the said property? Where did she get the money from when she has never worked for anybody or any company even once? hahaha! OMG people, leave this to the court, just like what our church administration is doing. We believe in our justice system and since we are on the side of the truth, we will win this battle because the truth will always prevail. And as for the liars, since they’re fully aware that they’re just lying, they go to ABiaSed-CBN or to media to get public sympathy. Psychology says that people in general believe lies in an instant BUT questions the truth, so it’s a no brainer that some people take the bait, especially those who hate the INC. Anyway, be on stand by… you’ll see how the court will junk these st*pid cases one by one. If you ask me, it’s a total waste of time and money but these liars must be stopped from spreading their lies. If they no longer believe in our doctrines, they’re free to leave. The church never begs anyone, you can leave if you no longer believe so what’s the need for this drama? Because it’s not about the doctrines, it’s all about ex-members that you can compare to a spoiled brat child. They didn’t get what they wanted, so revenge is of utmost importance – DESTROY the church whatever it takes.