FORMER Justice Secretary Leila de Lima was accused of having “no sense of propriety” or walang delicadeza for seeking the endorsement of the Iglesia Ni Cristo for her senatorial bid after leading the Aquino government’s effort last year to pin down its leaders on various criminal charges.
Sources said last Wednesday, De Lima went to the INC’s central office in Quezon City to formally seek the religious group’s “anointment.”
However, the relationship between INC and De Lima is not something to envy, the sources pointed out.
Last year, the INC leadership slammed De Lima for showing extra attention to the illegal detention case, a non-bailable offense, filed by expelled minister Isaias Samson Jr. against the leaders of the church headed by Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo.
Samson, a minister for more than 40 years, used to be the Sanggunian member in charge of foreign mission and editor in chief of the INC official organ before he was expelled by the INC.
Back then, Bienvenido Santiago, INC general evangelist, said De Lima should show the same enthusiasm in resolving the Mamasapano case in which 44 members of the police Special Action Force were killed, including two INC members, in an operation in Maguindanao province early in January 2015.
“The complaint filed by Samson, we learned, is moving because of the guidance of Secretary Leila de Lima, who gave it extraordinary attention. What is the motive? She herself personally attended to the complaint,” Santiago was quoted as saying then.
But compared to the 44 policemen who died in Mamasapano, Santiago said not even a single mosquito died in the complaint filed by Samson, and yet De Lima seems to be extraordinarily interested in the INC case.
When members of the INC took their protest to Edsa, De Lima also threatened the leaders of the religious group with legal suits.
“And now, she is seeking the endorsement of the INC as if she had treated the group fairly? Just like what President Aquino would say when his men would let him down, ‘Saan ba siya kumukuha ng kapal ng mukha,” the sources said, referring to De Lima.