Court orders eviction of ex-INC members in Tandang Sora property  

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After the expulsion of former INC members Lottie Manalo-Hemedez and Angel Manalo in 2015, they were asked to vacate their houses in the Tandang Sora property as INC leaders insisted the property belongs to the church.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — A Metropolitan Trial Court on Saturday ordered the occupants of an Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) property in 36 Tandang Sora, Quezon City to vacate the said premises.

This was after the court ruled in favor of the INC's ejectment case against expelled members Lolita "Lottie" Manalo-Hemedez and Angel Manalo who currently reside in the property.

In a six-page decision penned by Judge Ann Sia of the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 12, the court ruled that siblings Hemedez and Manalo are illegally residing in the property.

In a press conference, INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala said the two lost their rights to live in the Tandang Sora house when they were expelled from the church because the property is owned by INC.

Zabala said the court will be able to release a writ of execution in less than a week, which will allow them to carry out the order.

"Hopefully, now that they are aware that even the court agrees with our position, they, with their own volition, vacate the premises," Zabala said.

Zabala believes the expelled members posed a threat to the church.

He claimed security personnel stationed at the gate of the property were able to intercept wires, hearing devices, and parts of a drone in recent months. These items were allegedly hidden in packages and food deliveries from visitors of Hemedez and Manalo.

Home conflict 

In July 2015, the church expelled Hemedez, Manalo, and their mother Cristina after appearing in a YouTube video appealing for help and claiming their lives were in danger.

After the expulsion, they were asked to vacate their houses in the Tandang Sora property as INC leaders insisted the property belongs to the church.

But Hemedez said INC's documents were falsified as the property was bought by her late husband Edward and was never sold off to the church contrary to its claim.

Hemedez's lawyer Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles believes the fight is still far from over.

"It's kind of disturbing that they will hold a press conference when the decision has not achieved finality. They know very well that there are other remedies available," Angeles said.

Angeles added the INC is simply conditioning the minds of the public even if it knows the case can still be appealed, saying the bigger issue is INC's alleged falsification of land titles which is still being heard in court.

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