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Presenting, the Official CIDU Report from the Quezon City Police District that was dated March 2, 2017.
"MANILA — Over 70 firearms, more than 17,000 live ammunition and explosives were seized by the Quezon City Police District (QCPD) from a building in the controversial Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in an operation on Wednesday night.
Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar, the QCPD director, along with National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde, presented the high-powered weapons in a press conference in the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal on Thursday morning.
The weapons were confiscated in an “abandoned building” allegedly formerly occupied by Lolita “Lottie” Manalo-Hemedez, sister of INC executive minister Eduardo Manalo, in No. 36 Tandang Sora Avenue in Quezon City.
On Wednesday, the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office recommended illegal possession of firearms charges against Angel and Victor Eraño Manalo Hemedez for at least six firearms found in Angel’s residence. The prosecutor’s office recommended no bail for the ranking INC official’s younger brother.
The QCPD said on Thursday they were still verifying the licenses of the firearms and at least 27 explosives seized."
Iglesia compound keeps yielding ‘sea of firearms’
The controversial Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) property in Quezon City continued to yield a “sea of firearms.”
That’s how the police described the new cache of weapons they said they found at 36 Tandang Sora Avenue, Barangay New Era, which earlier yielded 5 guns and hundreds of rounds of ammunition when first raided last week.
The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) said another search conducted on Wednesday uncovered 56 rifles, 18 pistols, 27 hand grenades, and 62 rifle grenades. Also found were over 17,000 rounds of ammunition and gun spare parts.
The QCPD first raided the compound on March 2 after obtaining a search warrant and rounded up 32 occupants, including expelled INC members Angel Manalo and Lottie Manalo-Hemedez, the estranged siblings of Iglesia executive minister Eduardo Manalo.
Members of the QCPD Talipapa station were given permission by the INC leadership to conduct a “clearing operation” on Wednesday afternoon, this time focusing on a building adjacent to the house used by Angel Manalo, the Inquirer learned.
The QCPD said the search was conducted in the presence of INC officials, Barangay New Era officials, and staff members of an INC-owned media company.
The raided building—which was not searched in the March 2 operation—was said to have been previously occupied by Hemedez. Sources said the structure looked abandoned and had no water or power supply when the police entered it, but that the guns found there were in good condition.
The QCPD director, Chief Supt. Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar, said the newly found weapons were mostly high-powered and discovered in a “secret room” on the ground floor.
Presenting the guns to the media on Thursday, Director Oscar Albayalde, chief of the National Capital Region Police Office, said such a “sea of firearms” may be considered to be “voluntarily surrendered” by the INC leadership.
The leaders of the politically influential religious group sought the expulsion of the expelled Manalo siblings from the property after an internal dispute went public in July 2015. The siblings refused to move out even after the INC obtained a Manila court order for their eviction in July 2016.
“We cannot blame the INC leadership because they did not have control in the area for a long time. We don’t know where these weapons came from,” Albayalde said. “Even if we say INC owns the property, they are not staying there. How could they amass these firearms?”
“It will depend on who kept these weapons… Liability will fall on the person who maintained (the armory),” the official added.
“If no license (for the guns) are produced, they can be forfeited in favor of the government, given proper disposition,” Eleazar said, adding that that weapons would be turned over to Camp Crame for verification.
In a ruling issued by the city prosecutor’s office on Wednesday, no bail was recommended for Angel Manalo, who faces charges for illegal possession of firearms. Also charged was his nephew, Victor Eraño Manalo-Hemedez, who was allowed bail.
Police recover weaponry inside INC compound, but who's liable?
WEAPONRY. NCRPO chief Director Oscar Albayalde and Quezon City Police District head Chief Superintendent Guillermo Lorenzo Eleazar present to media weapons seized from the Iglesia ni Cristo compound, March 9, 2017. Photo by Darren Langit/RapplerMANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) presented to the media on Thursday, March 9, recovered weapons from the contested Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in Quezon City.
MANILA, Philippines – The Quezon City Police District (QCPD) and the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) presented to the media on Thursday, March 9, recovered weapons from the contested Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) compound in Quezon City.
The police said they found 73 firearms, 89 grenades, and more than 17,000 live ammunitions inside the contested 36 Tandang Sora in Quezon City on Wednesday, March 8.
The police stopped short of saying which direction the investigation will head – in the direction of dismissed INC member Felix Nathaniel "Angel" Manalo who was arrested March 2, or the INC as an institution which has an ownership claim on the compound. Angel is the younger brother of Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo.
NCRPO Director Oscar Albayalde, however, said he does not believe the weaponry belong to the INC.
"INC claims they own the place but they are not staying there so how could they amass these firearms? Hindi nila (INC) alam kung ano ang pinasok do'n over the years, kaya nila tayo binigyan ng explicit permission, para malinis na rin 'yung property of anything illegal otherwise macha-charge sila, otherwise hindi naman nila 'yan ipapa-clear kung alam nila na may ganyan karami," Albayalde said on Thursday.
(INC claims they own the place but they are not staying there so how could they amass these firearms? The INC does not know what have been brought inside the compound over the years, that's why they gave us explicit permission to clean the property of anything illegal otherwise they would be charged. They would not have allowed us to clear it if they knew there were that many weapons inside.)
Charges against Manalo
One thing is clear at this point: Angel Manalo will face non-bailable charges of illegal possession of firearms based on the recommendation of the Quezon City Prosecutor's Office. (READ: WATCH: Angel Manalo speaks to supporters after arrest)
Manalo will be charged for the 6 firearms recovered on March 2 in his house inside the compound. The no-bail recommendation, according to the police, was based on Manalo's admission during the preliminary investigation that he owns the house.
His nephew Victor Eraño Manalo-Hemedez will be similary charged but with bail, while another occupant of the house, Jonathan Ledesma, will be charged for direct assault with frustrated murder for allegedly shooting two cops during the March 2 raid.
The question is: why were the cops unable to recover the entire weaponry on March 2 when they already had the search warrant? Albayalde explained that it was not covered by the warrant.
"There were several buildings there, at ang una nating sinearch 'yung kay Ka Angel lang kung saan siya nag-o-occupy, these ones were in the other building so you cannot search the whole compound without search warrant, because specific 'yung search warrant," Albayalde said.
(There were several buildings there, we searched the house that Ka Angel was occupying, these [weapons] were in the other buildings so you cannot search the whole compound without a search warrant, because the search warrant was specific.)
The warrant was issued on March 1 by Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 106. The warrant, signed by RTC 1st Vice Executive Judge Angelene Mary Quimpo-Sale, said there was probable cause to believe that a violation of the firearms law had been committed inside 36 Tandang Sora.
We asked the police: is 36 Tandang Sora Manalo's house only, or is it the entire compound?
"For us, for law enforcement purposes, when we applied for [a] search warrant, [it covered] the number 36 fronting Tandang Sora, as to the exact boundaries of property therein and within the periphery and vicinity, that is for the court to decide," QCPD District Director Police Superintendent Joselito Esquivel Jr said.
The QCPD recovered the massive weaponry in an abandoned building near Manalo's house inside the compound on March 8. The clearing was based on "explicit permission" from the INC leadership to reenter the compound and rid it of any illegal objects and activities.
"Parang lumalabas na voluntary surrender kasi they did not know about this. Ang sinabi sa akin ay they are giving the explicit permission for the elements of the QCPD to search the other building, so whatever we get there puwedeng kunin do'n," Albayalde said.
(This is taken as a voluntary surrender because they did not know about this. What I was told is that they gave explicit permission for the elements of the QCPD to search the other building, so whatever we get there, we could get.)
The compound is the subject of an ownership dispute between Manalo and the INC. (READ: Angel Manalo seeks help vs demolition of home in INC compound)
The Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 12 earlier ordered Manalo to vacate the property. In August 2016, however, QC RTC Branch 43 turned down the petition for writ of execution filed by the INC and effectively allowed Manalo to stay inside the compound.
This is the latest in the scandals that have rocked the INC that all began when Manalo posted a YouTube video saying there have been threats to their lives for exposing widespread corruption inside their church.
Since then, Manalo has decried harassment from INC, including the ownership claim, their electricity being cut off due to an unpaid P1-million bill, and not receiving food and water rations. – Rappler.com
The Philippine National Police is so hard pressed on framing Bro. Angel Manalo and company for the alleged possession of firearms YET THEY ARE SO BLIND TO SEE THE INC MEN WITH GUNS SURROUNDING THEIR HOUSES AND CONSTANTLY HARASSING AND OPPRESSING THEM DAY AND NIGHT.
The real reason why the Philippine National Police is looking the other way about this is because of the immense clout of the Church Administration of the Iglesia Ni Cristo on the law enforcement in our country.
The planting and fabricating of evidence to fuel trumped up charges against people who have been critical of the INC Church Administration is a pattern well established and accepted by the thinking majority. Who really has the firearms and the history of using armed men in persecuting the family of Bro. Eraño G. Manalo in No. 36 Tandang Sora?
The Philippine Law Enforcement has become but an arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo Administration in pursuing its personal interests in exchange for favors and career promotions delivered by the influential church. So how can these POLICE AGENCIES be trusted to come out with a TRUTHFUL REPORT when in fact they are the ones who were ordered to carry out to do the dirty job in the first place? Any police officer knows that in order to rise up in the chain of command, you either convert to INC or you follow their every bidding. That is why Police Officers all over the Philippines line up in hordes towards the influential church.
So would it be such a surprise that the law enforcement of the land sings and dances to the tune of EVM's music? This intertwining of church and state has been here since time immemorial so it's no wonder why the so called "to serve and protect" will only refer to the masters of their loyalty. Do you want to hear what that sounds like, what GUILTY COVERUP sounds like? Watch this and hear the voice of the person trying to explain the "storyline":
But none of these gallant police officers would have the balls to search the INC Central Office for the INC's Private Security's Armory. No Sir!
And now comes the best part... THE CLEANUP JOB.
To ensure that all pertinent pieces of evidence that will compromise the "validity" of their fabricated cases, a cleanup operation must be done. Forget about police protocol of preserving the SCENE OF THE CRIME because for the INC Church Administration, they will always be above the law... ALWAYS. So how do they clean up their mess? Bring out the STEEL CRATES!
Unfortunately, only the thinking class will be able to connect these pieces together and be able to see the bigger picture that reveals the TRUTH. Are you one of them?
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