Reason to be agitated with De Lima PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2015 12:02

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

 

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Rise up, O God, and defend your cause; remember how fools mock you all day long…” (Psalm 74:22, the Holy Bible).

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WHY THE INC PUBLIC DISPLAY OF AGITATION VS. DE LIMA? Many are perplexed by the massive gathering of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) members at the Department of Justice (DOJ) grounds on Thursday, August 27, 2015, the 56th birthday of Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, which gathering was continuing while this column was being written on August 28, 2015. The question uppermost in the minds of many is: why was there a huge public demonstration of agitation against De Lima?

I am sure there should be a compelling reason for what the INC members had been doing, much more than the demand for De Lima to pay more attention to more sensational cases like the Maguindanao killing of 44 highly-trained policemen from the Special Action Force of the Philippine National Police in January 2015.

Perhaps, this has to do something with widely-circulating information that De Lima is allowing herself to be used in a dangerous game of politics, where her office is touted to be in the forefront of efforts to exert pressure upon INC leaders by her issuing non-bailable warrants against them, to compel these leaders to support certain candidates in the 2016 elections.

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REASON TO BE AGITATED WITH DE LIMA: Viewed from this perspective, it is clear that INC members have a reason to be fully agitated. The truth is that, De Lima cannot simply say she was just doing her job in personally overseeing the illegal detention charges that some expelled INC members filed against incumbent INC officers. Certainly, it is not her job to be exerting pressures on anyone, on her own volition, or even on orders of superiors, right?

Her job is to see to it that justice is done, and done legally and morally, and in accordance with established rules. There is no justification for her, as the highest DOJ official, to be short-circuiting the criminal process, to the grave prejudice of anyone. Surely, cases like those filed by the expelled INC members had to be filed first with, and investigated by, the regular city or provincial prosecutors before they could even reach her, right?

Why then were the charges against top INC officials directly filed with the DOJ? Why did the DOJ accept those charges in the first place, when the proper procedure was that they should have been filed with the regular prosecutors’ offices? What was the justification for directly filing those charges with the DOJ? Who thought of this scheme?

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“THE INC READIES TO RUMBLE”: Relative to what is happening, one blogger, Inday Varona Espina, wrote a blog entitled “The INC readies to rumble” on August 27, 2015, that may explain things somewhat. Read on: “Someone called some friends to a `very urgent’ meeting over lunch today (August 27, 2015).

“The big news, shared by these excited folks, was supposedly about the beginning of the end of President Benigno Aquino III. And the chosen hammer of justice is supposed to be … the Iglesia ni Cristo. The story goes: Today (August 27, 2015), some 200,000 members of the INC will mob the Department of Justice.

“Yes, a big crowd was there this afternoon. They are protesting Justice Secretary de Lima’s `selective justice.’  Word is, they will stay on and on. The plot is: that more and more people will join that crowd and then a big push to EDSA takes place on Friday till Monday…” Indeed, De Lima and her superiors have a lot to explain here, especially because it is clear that the INC knows what she and her cohorts are doing.

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