February 15, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – A Quezon City court has granted the appeal of the estranged siblings of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Eduardo Manalo, who are staying inside the disputed compound in Tandang Sora Avenue, Quezon City, to allow doctors and dentists to visit them.
In a one-page order dated February 9, 2016, Judge Edgar Dalmacio Santos of the QC Regional Trial Court Branch 222 cited “humanitarian ground” as reason for allowing medical doctors and dentists to enter the compound.
Santos said the health personnel would be allowed to “visit, examine, and treat the family members” inside the compound located at No. 36 Tandang Sora Avenue “from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. upon prior presentation of PRC (Professional Regulation Commission) Identification Card.”
The judge directed the counsels of respondents Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo and Lolita “Lottie” Manalo-Hemedez to furnish the representatives of the INC with the names of the physicians and dentists 24 hours before the visit.
The Manalo siblings are currently residing at their houses inside the compound despite being expelled from the church last July.
Last September, the INC has filed a petition for injunction with prayer for temporary restraining order (TRO) to prevent the Manalo siblings from receiving visitors or accepting any items delivered to them.
Pictures that were attached in the petition showed several people delivering boxes at the back of the compound.
In their petition,representatives of the INC argued that the boxes may contain guns that could harm the occupants of the compound and other members of the INC residing near the area.
They also said that the INC could also ask for the restrictions as owner of the property.
As a compromise, the Manalo siblings agreed to provide a list of visitors and occupants inside the compound.
They also agreed to allow the INC to post guards at the gate.
However, the Manalo siblings insisted that they will not leave the compound despite fences being put up to block their way and cutting off the electricity and water supply since it’s their property.
They said the INC has yet to conclusively prove that the compound is the church’s property.
Hemedez earlier said documents showing that she and her husband Eduard Hemedez are the real owners of the disputed property would serve as concrete evidences in backing their claims.
During the hearing two weeks ago, the Manalo siblings asked the court to allow water containers to be transported inside the compound since the water connection has been cut off.
However, the INC rejected their request, saying this could be a security risk to the property as unscrupulous and lawless groups may fill them up with flammable materials.
Meanwhile, the court scheduled the next hearing on March 15, wherein Hemedez will testify as one of the respondents in the case.