Dome Construction of The Iglesia Ni Cristo of The Manalos Dooms Commuters in Bocaue and Sta. Maria Bulacan
Manila, Philippines – Irritated commuters complained of the heavy traffic in some parts of Bulacan, particularly in Bocaue and Sta. Maria due to the construction of a $175 million dome of the Iglesia ni Cristo of Manalo, a wealthy religious cult in the Philippines whose central and grandiose palace is situated in Diliman, Quezon City.
A certain Elias Ibarra, a fanatic of the Manalos, even bragged that the contract was signed on August 4, 2011, “In Cash”. According to him, their church owns everything and not like the Holy Trinity of the Roman Catholics, Protestants, and the Ang Dating Daan, who goes to the banks for mortgage loans.
In an interview, commuters, who preferred not to be identified for fear of the Manalos retaliation, was angered because even Policemen and Barangay officials of Bocaue Sta. Maria Bulacan has not done anything to solve the traffic problem which could last for 30 months or more, the allotted period of time to finish the construction of dome.
According to a commuter, it is obvious that the Manalos for sure, have paid “padulas” or grease money as they usually do, to public officials or authorities of the place so that this another grandiose dome, can be constructed in Bulacan.
Sources said that, officials of the Hanwha Engineering and Construction Corporation, a Korean builders and the leader of the Iglesia ni Cristo ni Manalo entered into a contract for the construction of the $175 Million worth dome.
The construction of the dome commenced last August 18, 2011 in Sta. Maria, Bulacan. Some members of the church of the Manalos sighed, on the thought of the huge amount to be spent in the construction of the dome by their church. Where could such a huge amount of money have come from?
The Vice-Chairman of Hanwha, Mr. Kim Hyun-chung and Eduardo Manalo were both present during the groundbreaking ceremony. The dome is said to have a capacity of 50,000 seats and its roof will be 36,000 square meters. According to the Korean builders, the dome’s construction would last for over 30 months or to be finished until early 2014.