INC ‘death squad’ fueling fear, tension – official

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ALLEGATIONS that the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is utilizing a private army and a “death squad” to threaten its members are fueling undue fear and tension, a Quezon City official said on Wednesday.

Gen. Elmo San Diego, chief of the Quezon City Department of Public Order and Safety, said such claims weaken public confidence on authorities and trigger conspiracy theories that undeservedly alarm the public.

“The parties should be careful about making these claims because there’s a public order and safety element at stake here, one that affects not only the INC and its members but the general public as well,” San Diego warned.

“What do you think the reaction would be if someone says the government tolerates the presence of armed groups in your community? It creates undue fear and tension, and reduces confidence in our police and other law enforcement agencies. Let’s not unduly scare the public,” he added.


He urged the INC and its critics to be more responsible in their statements.

“I strongly admonish anyone against raising the spectre of violence or the possibility of violence from supposed armed groups, especially if these statements are not substantiated by evidence,” San Diego added.

INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala, meanwhile, called on INC members to remain calm and continue their prayers.

“Rest assured that the Church leadership will face all the issues with dignity and with full confidence in the fairness of our justice system,” Zabala said.

At the same time, Zabala appealed for “open-mindedness, objectivity and understanding” from the general public.

He said people should be wary of “baseless speculations and reckless accusations that do not contribute to efforts to obtain justice for all those involved.”

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  1. Melencio Propeta and Jesse Ramirez are just among dating daan members who are so desperately obsessed in bringing down the INC.

  2. melencio propeta on

    Gen. Elmo San Diego please watch this video on youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TM0rzLrQpL8 alam namin na hindi kaila sa iyo na may death squad ang iglesia ni cristo ni manalo o kasama ka sa nagtatakip ng kamalian nila?. The general public has been affected since the regime of Pres. Marcos, antagonists of iglesia were reported dead. There are glaring evidences, death squad of iglesia ni cristo of manalo is not conspiracy theory.

  3. Totoo yan. May mga hired killers ang INC, otherwise, their own ministers (not just Menorca) will not talk about it in public. That is a known secret. Kaya siga ang mga miembro ng INC. They can bully anyone…. even their own members. This practice is not of God. Jesus taught us to love our enemies, even feed and give them a drink. This INC kill their enemies with grenades, guns. Especially now that their members are in high government positions. God will judge them.