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Hataman to INC membersand Abide by rule of law

Local News • 21:33 PM Sun Aug 30, 2015
John Unson
Justice Sec. Leila de Lima says she is performing her duties as justice secretary regardless of one's religion. INC members call her hostess siya instead of calling for hustisya.

COTABATO CITY-- Regional Gov. Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao on Saturday joined Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in urging members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) to abide by rule of law. Freedom of expression and freedom of religion does not imply immunity from suit,” Hataman on Saturday told the and// via text message.Droves of INC members began to assemble on Padre Faura Thursday on order of their leaders to protest what is for them interference by Justice Secretary Leila De Lima in the sect’s internal affairs.De Lima said she had ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to look into a complaint of serious illegal detention filed by an expelled INC member against leaders of the group. The government’s law enforcement activities affecting religious groups should not be unduly construed as interference in religious affairs,” Hataman said.Traffic chaos in the surroundings of the central office of the Department of Justice is expected in the coming days as Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada allowed the INC to stage rallies in several parts of the city until Sept. 4.Hataman said being a member of any religion cannot be made an excuse from the country’s justice system.The autonomous region covers Maguindanao and Lanao del Sur, which are both in Central Mindanao, and the island provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

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