INC says it sheltered ‘Yolanda’ victims


By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
Manila Bulletin
November 19, 2013, p. 2

An official of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) yesterday denied reports that they refused to provide shelter to non-members when super-typhoon “Yolanda” struck Tacloban City and other Visayan localities on Nov. 8.

Bro. Jose Ventilacion, INC minister, said contrary to some “malicious” reports, their house of worship, which was located on top of a hill in Tacloban, actually provided shelter to storm victims regardless of their religious affiliation.

“New Zealand TV reported that there were many non-Iglesia Ni Cristo members who were sheltered in the Tacloban house of worship. Not only in Tacloban, but also in other places that sought Iglesia ni Cristo for refuge,” he said during yesterday’s launch of their website at the historic landmark Manila Hotel.

“We do not turn them away. That’s the reason we have this Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko,” added Ventilacion.

The Kabayan Ko, Kapatid Ko is an INC project launched last April by INC Executive Minister Bro. Eduardo V. Manalo through an evangelical mission in Binondo, Manila. The project included a medical and dental outreach program, as well as the giving of relief packages to the “guests” invited by INC members.

Ventilacion also disclosed that the INC has been providing relief to “Yolanda” victims. “We continue to provide relief to typhoon victims,” he said.

Among the areas where the INC conducted relief operations are Ormoc, Leyte; Bogo, Cebu; Kalibo, Aklan; Capiz; Salcedo, Eastern Samar; and Hernani, Eastern Samar among others.