#36 Tandang Sora

I’ll be honest there was still in the back of my mind, a part of me that still gave the benefit of the doubt to the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s Leader, EVM. I thought, “maybe some of these things happening really are stunts” of some Defenders to gather sympathy, as some have suggested. But watching the news and seeing videos and pictures of what transpired in 36 Tandang Sora this week, has left me with no doubt that this is the doing of the Administration. Even Spokesperson Brother Edwil Zabala confirmed that they wanted to get the cars because it “belonged” to the Church. This is no “ploy of the Defenders”. It is obvious that the Central office has control of all the goings on around Tandang Sora.

If they simply wanted to “get the cars back“, why tear down the gate in the middle of the night, in darkness?

Why is there a need for thugs on motorcycles? Why is there a need to use brute force?

Will they then turn around and say that the “residents of #36 instigated it again”? How?

I am embarrassed. I literally have no words. This is from the Church I have loved and embraced throughout the years. The behaviour and decision making of this Administration has left me in confusion and anger.

Then the Ministers will have the nerve to say this weekend, “Thank you for all the victory and the dynamic leadership of our Executive Minister”?

There is no victory in this. It is just pure shame. They bristle when brethren compare the former Executive Minister, Brother Erano G. Manalo to EVM. There is no comparison. Brother Erdy would never permitted this. There were Muslim squatters who lived on Church property near Central for years. He never sent thugs to harass them. How much more with Tandang Sora residents? These are descendants of Brother Felix Manalo. They do not deserve to be treated like this. Nowhere in the Bible justifies treatment like this.

So much going on in my head. I feel powerless and useless. Embarrassed for the Church. Where do we go from there.

I cannot get my head around this. All I can say is, let us pray for the residents of #36 Tandang Sora. Pray for their safety.

They could easily walk away from the intense pressure and harassment “. But they choose to stand their ground.

They could easily give up and say, “we are outnumbered”, but they choose to stay.

A million blind followers could harm them any moment, but they choose to bravely stand up for what they believe is right.

Pray for them. Pray for their protection. And pray that they can endure these heavy trials.

“Defend weak people and orphans. Protect the rights of the oppressed and the poor.” Psalms 82:3





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