Significant to the execution of the crime also is the place where they had committed the crime.
For these INC deacons, there seemed to be none more comfortable a place than their chapel, even for transforming into a killing field.
They once taught in their official magazine, Pasugo, published in August 1969, page 17 that “We have to worship Him [God] in the house where His Spirit dwells, like the modern house of worship pictured above.” The modern house of worship mentioned refers to their chapel—now turned killing-field—where the spirit of their god dwells.
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Marlon had lacerated wounds and was killed due to a gunshot on the head.
Andres’ genitals were cut off; Joseph had skull fracture; both died due to “asphyxia by strangulation; hemorrhage, intracranial, traumatic.” On the other hand, Erwin’s body showed abrasions and burns with blunt head injury, while Felix had abrasions on the left cheek and tie impressions on the wrists.
It is a chain of crimes and power – behind mythical numbers yet.
Three years after the shooting incident, on March 1992, four Iglesia Ni Cristo deacons butchered five students of the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) in the basement at the back of the INC chapel in Sta. What escalated into a cold-blooded murder started only from a heated dispute during a basketball game.
The corpses of the victims were later fished out of the murky waters of Pasig River.
Even though he got involved in political scandals, he was able to choke the Prime Minister at will without holding a position in the cabinet.
Monetary, arms, and politics are common players in a kingmaker scenario.