A falsification of public documents complaint filed by Lottie Manalo-Hemedez against her brother, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Eduardo Manalo, was dismissed by the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office.
In an eight-page resolution dated May 6, 2016, Senior Assistant City Prosecutor Solivan Usman junked the case for lack of evidence.
“The lot of the questioned deed of sale is not the same property being claimed by the complainant. The property described in the deed of sale is Lot 8-D-1, located in Kalaw Hills Subdivision, Commonwealth Avenue and covered by TCT No. N-143051,” the ruling read.
The INC is the registered owner of parcels of land where Hemedez and her family are also staying which is at No. 36 Tandang Sora Ave. New Era, Quezon City.
The subject property is part of a larger compound, owned by the INC, which also houses the INC Central Temple and the INC Central Office Complex.
However, Hemedez claimed ownership of the property saying she and her late husband, Edward Hemedez, own the land title of the two-hectare lot.
She said the signatures affirming the sale of the property to INC were forged because her husband Edward died on April 16, 2013 but a deed of absolute sale supposedly signed by the deceased husband appeared on April 21, 2015 that cancels a land title under her name and her husband.
The INC reiterated that the whole compound in the said address where they are currently staying belongs to the church, saying Manalo was abroad fulfilling his pastoral visitations at the time the alleged falsification of documents was committed.
Hemedez and her brother Angel Manalo were the estranged siblings of the church’s Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo.
Lottie and Angel holed up in the compound after they were expelled by the INC on July 23, 2015 amid allegations of corruption in the church and abduction of some of their ministers.