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QC cops charge illegal possession of firearms, frustrated murder on Manalo siblings, others

March 4, 2017

Quezon City police filed criminal charges against the siblings  of Iglesia ni Cristo head Eduardo Manalo and others late Friday.

Felix Nathaniel Manalo II, Lolita Manalo-Hernandez and 24 persons were charged with illegal possession of firearms and ammunition,  a report by the Quezon City Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit said.

Jonathan Ledesma and Joseph Saballuca were also charged with frustrated murder and direct assault after they allegedly shot and wounded two policemen who were part of a a team serving a search warrant in  Tandang Sora Avenue in Barangay New Era on Thursday.

A police official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the inquest was done inside the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal Friday evening.

"We did not bring them to the Office of the City Prosecutor because of security considerations," the official said in a brief interview.

Manalo and his male companions are at the detention cell of the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit while the women are in a separate dormitory.

In July 2015, Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo expelled his brother, Felix Nathaniel and Marco Erano, sister Lolita, mother Cristina Villanueva Manalo due to doctrinal differences. DMS