The Department of Justice (DOJ) has stepped into the controversy involving the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) by ordering the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate allegations of kidnapping and grave threat against unnamed officials and members of the religious group.
“I immediately ordered the NBI to verify what is really happening and based on the result of the initial probe, we will know our next step,” de Lima said.
She said investigators will base their inquiry on the appeal for help posted on youtube by Angel Manalo.
“The government can always investigate, that’s why I ordered the NBI to investigate,” de Lima said.
She said she received an email seeking help for members of the Manalo family.
The sender of the email identified INC officials who were allegedly behind the disappearance of several INC ministers.
“Those alleged abductions, lives could be in danger. The state can step into the issue through the proper investigative bodies. At the very least, alamin kung ano ba talaga yan; alamin kung saan nanggaling yan especially yung alleged abduction,” de Lima said.
The DOJ chief however said she will stay away from the issue on the expulsion of the matriarch and siblings of INC chief minister Eduardo Manalo. Jomar Canlas