Firearms, ammunition recovered from INC compound

THE Quezon City Police District (QCPD) recovered Wednesday night over 70 firearms, mostly high-powered, and at least 17,000 live ammunition from the house formerly occupied by siblings of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Eduardo Manalo.

QCPD Director Guillermo Eleazar and National Capital Region Police Office Director Oscar Albayalde presented Thursday, March 9, the firearms and ammunitions that were recovered from the house allegedly owned by Lolita Manalo-Hemedez and Felix Nathaniel Manalo inside the INC compound in Tandang Sora, Quezon City.

Lolita and Felix Nathaniel, along with 25 others, were detained at the QCPD headquarters in Camp Karingal since March 2.

During the raid, someone allegedly fired shots that injured two members of the police Special Weapons and Tactics team.

The raid stemmed from a reported indiscriminate firing on February 27, where two security guards of the compound were injured.

On Wednesday, the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office recommended the filing of illegal possession of firearms charges against the arrested persons.

Eleazar said they will verify before the Firearms and Explosives Office if the recovered firearms were registered.

Earlier, Felix Nathaniel denied the allegations, claiming that the INC leadership is pressuring them to vacate the area as they were already expelled from the religious group. (SunStar Philippines)
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