Vice President Jejomar Binay has advised Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to refrain from giving “unwarranted statements” on the alleged kidnapping of ministers of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ).

In a letter to de Lima, Binay on Thursday said he felt compelled to “call your attention to the unwarranted statements you have been expressing in the mass media in your capacity as Secretary of the Department of Justice asserting that the alleged abduction of ministers of the [INC] is not yet a closedcase.”

He noted that de Lima’s statements contradicted findings of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) that had investigated the alleged kidnapping.

“It taxes credulity that you had to publicly contravene the findings of the NBI Anti-Organized Transnational Crimes Division, which itself conducted the investigation on the alleged abduction,” Binay said in a statement, addressing the Justice chief.

“According to your own people in the NBI, no such abduction took place, which finding is bolstered by the fact that there is no complainant who has come forward to attest to its commission. In short, there is apparently no crime committed or being committed,” he added.

Manuel Eduarte, a lawyer and chief of the NBI Anti-Organized Transnational Crime Division, declared as “case closed” the reported abduction after coordinating with the INC’s Legal Office and visiting the house of Felix Nathaniel “Angel” Manalo.

The estranged brother of executive minister Eduardo Manalo was expelled from the INC, together with their mother Cristina “Tenny” Villanueva Manalo, after they uploaded a YouTube video claiming that ministers were being abducted and their lives were in danger.

“By your actuations, you are promoting the image of disunity, discord and even corruption in the INC to its clear prejudice and detriment,” Binay said.

“As public officials, it is our duty to respect the internal affairs and concerns of the INC and allow them, without the unwarranted interference from government, to conduct their own business in accordance with their religious beliefs. No less than our Constitution guarantees this inviolable separation of church and state,” he added.

Binay also noted that de Lima’s attitude toward the INC issue appears similar to the “policy of demolition by perception that your office has been doing to my own person. “

“For the sake of upholding our Constitution, as well as protecting the integrity and good name of the INC as a religious community, I urge you to refrain from uttering baseless, if not reckless and irresponsible, statements that would tend to harm the religious institution of the INC,” he said.






2 thoughts on “DE LIMA… DI DAPAT MAKIALAM??!!”

  1. The only solution and option will be painful but that’s the only hope we have. That God will SOON replace brother Eduardo Manalo with a new leader. The present leader is a very corrupt and dangerous one, even more worst than Hitler. Hitler actually kills thousands if not millions but he only kills ones physical nature. What worst with EVM is that he kills ones souls, faiths and the most important thing he kills is our right and privileges to remain members of the INC, which is our only wealth and hope to be save come judgement day.

    I pray and ask that the Lord God will place Angel Manalo as the new Executive Minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo. I know and believe it will come SOON.


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