There is a saying; “Justice delayed is justice denied”. It refers a principle for a right of an individual to a speedy trial. It is not right for a person to endlessly sit in jail without a fair trial. That is already denying justice.
Another month has come and gone. Where is Felix Nathaniel Manalo or better known as brother Angel Manalo? Still in jail. It makes me wonder if there will ever be a trial for him, let alone be set free.
For some who may have forgotten, Brother Angel and his nephew as well as another individual were arrested and jailed at the beginning of March. It is now August. And what was the original charge? “INDISCRIMINATE FIRING” of a weapon. What does that mean? It’s that thing that hundreds of Filipinos do every New Year’s Eve when they fire their guns in any direction they wish. Except they don’t go to jail for it.
Since that wouldn’t be much to hold brother Angel and his companions, something more had to be produced. Lo and behold “possession of illegal firearms”!! Not just 3 or 4 but in the HUNDREDS. It’s like magic isn’t it?
And guess what? Upon further investigation of the “world renown Philippine police” they find MORE GUNS! Oh the shock and horror!! What a monster that ka Angel is!!
And how did all these weapons get in with all those guards around 36 Tandang Sora?
The Administration explained that they snuck them inside. That explains these I guess:
AHA!! LOOK CLOSER!! Those sneaky Defenders!
I am not saying brother Angel had no guns; they probably did, after all, they had shooters pointing at him and his family every day.
But it sure is convenient that in less than 7 days after his arrest this picture suddenly pops up. And of course, it was shared by non other than our favourite Facebook posting Minister/Sleuth, Brother Joel San Pedro:
Wait a minute, so, Brother Angel is in jail for possessing firearms? You know who else has many firearms? Mr. Rodrigo Duterte, in a 2015 TV interview, host Vice Ganda asks Duterte, the then mayor of Davao city, how many guns he owned, Duterte, was reluctant in answering saying “he could be arrested, which would put him in prison.”
Yet in 2016 What does the Iglesia Ni Cristo do? Support Mr. Duterte in the election as President of the Philippines!
Oh, and as far as the number of guns found by the “police”, are we to believe this is the arsenal was found weeks later??
“Oh look! Here are some more guns! Luckily we found them in this SECRET CLOSET disguised as a DOOR that does not go anywhere”. Yes. We believe it. Nudge nudge, wink wink.
Keep in mind that this is the country that invented the “tanim bala” or loosely translated as “planted bullet” in which unsuspecting travelers were all of a sudden accused of carrying bullets in their luggages. And the quick resolution to the frame-up was of course, paying up with the almighty Dollar. Yeah. Philippine Justice. Sure.
And it’s funny how some brethren are jumping for joy that Brother Angel went to prison, like that’s the sign that he is already guilty. Read in the Bible and tell me, how many servants of God were imprisoned? I don’t know all the Bible stories but I do remember Joseph, Daniel (oh Daniel), John the Baptist, Apostle Paul, Jesus Christ and I’m sure there are others. So were they all guilty? But then again, that’s the Philippines. I would not be surprised if they find Brother Angel guilty”. Depends on which strings will be pulled. I apologise for all the sarcasm. Justice indeed. Sigh
Let’s just remember the words of God:
“It is not good to be partial to the wicked and so deprive the innocent of justice.” Proverbs 18:5
I pray for you, Brother Angel as well as your companions. May God help you endure these difficult days. You are not alone in your struggle. I hope many more pray for you. Brother Erdy loved you. We saw you raised by your parents and how you were always with them in their travels. May our God take care of you and your family as well. We pray for justice to be served.
“Then the King will say to the people on his right, ‘Come, you that are blessed by my Father! Come and possess the kingdom which has been prepared for you ever since the creation of the world. I was hungry and you fed me, thirsty and you gave me a drink; I was a stranger and you received me in your homes, naked and you clothed me; I was sick and you took care of me, in prison and you visited me.’ The righteous will then answer him, ‘When, Lord, did we ever see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you a drink? When did we ever see you a stranger and welcome you in our homes, or naked and clothe you? When did we ever see you sick or in prison, and visit you?’ The King will reply, ‘I tell you, whenever you did this for one of the least important of these followers of mine, you did it for me!’ Matthew 25:34-40