Prosecutors defy de Lima

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The National Prosecution Service (NPS) of the Department of Justice (DOJ) has defied Justice Secretary Leila de Lima’s order to immediately issue summons against high-ranking officials of the Iglesia Ni Cristo over a complaint filed by an INC minister against leaders of the powerful religious sect.

As a result, The Manila Times learned, the issue of Isaias Samson Jr. against the church leaders will not immediately undergo preliminary investigation.

Instead, the complaint will undergo first an “evaluation stage” to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant formal preliminary investigation.

At this stage, the issue can be immediately dismissed if there is insufficient proof against the accused or it can be the subject of an initial probe.


“De Lima cannot interfere during preliminary investigation of the case,” a ranking DOJ prosecutor told The Manila Times.

No prosecutor has been assigned to conduct the preliminary investigation of the case despite de Lima earlier stating that it shall immediately undergo such probe.

The DOJ prosecutor said de Lima will be out of the department by October 28, when she is expected to file her certificate of candidacy for senator and other prosecutors will be the ones left behind to shoulder all the problems caused by the “talkative” Justice secretary.

The NPS is headed by Prosecutor General Claro Arellano.

Another ranking DOJ prosecutor said de Lima is “messing up” the case by allowing herself to be interviewed by the media.

He added that it would be better if the case is tossed to the Quezon City Prosecutor’s office since it has jurisdiction over the case.

The only problem, the prosecutor said, is that the chief prosecutor of Quezon City, Donald Lee, is a classmate of de Lima at the San Beda College of Law.

The INC hierarchy last week held a rally joined by about 4,000 members at the DOJ against de Lima for allegedly giving special treatment to cases pending before her.

Samson, an ousted INC minister, lodged charges of serious illegal detention against high- ranking INC officials namely: Glicerio Santos Jr., Radel Cortez, Bienvenido Santiago Sr., Mathu¬salem Pareja, Rolando Esguerra, Eraño Codera, Rodelio Cabrerra and Maximo Bularan.

Aside from the Samson patriarch, also named as complainants are his wife, Myrna Dionela Samson, and son, Isaiah Samson.

They alleged that they were prohibited from leaving their house in Quezon City last July after he was accused of being “Antonio Ebanghelista,” the blogger who has been writing against INC.

The elder Isaias, former editor in chief of INC’s official publication Pasugo, denied the allegation.

Under Section 2, Rule 112 of the Revised Rules on Criminal Procedure, officials authorized to conduct preliminary investigations are: “(a) Provincial of City Prosecutors and their assistants; (b) Judges of the Municipal Trial Courts and Municipal Circuit Trial Courts; National and Regional State Prosecutors; and Other officers as may be authorized by law.”

Another rule that was cited was the 2000 National Prosecution Service Rule on Appeal, which states that preliminary investigation is within the province only of prosecutors.

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  1. “If religious leaders will abide by this Christian law, they will not coerce or threaten their members of excommunication if they will not vote for candidates of their leader’s choice

  2. I am a member of Iglesia ni Cristo. This move by the prosecutors is the real rule of law, and they are absolutely doing their job based on what they have been taught!

  3. Ito na lang ang sagutin niyong mga INC ni manalo, gusto niyo pala ng separation of church and state pero bakit mayroon kayong block voting para sa mga politico, malinaw na puro kayo pagpapaimbabaw,ayaw ng mga INC na makialam ang gobyerno sa church affairs nila pero gusto naman nila pakialaman ang government affairs because of block voting! Asan ang fairness and justice diyan! Wala! Kaya mga di maliligtas ang nasa loob ng INC! Huwag nating iboto ang mga politiko na iindorso ng INC!

    • Ang pagboto ay tanda ng aming pagiging Pilipino sapagkat pananagutan namin iyon. Ang pagkakaisa namin sa pagboto ay pananagutan naman namin bilang nasa iisang iglesia. Sa aming pagboto walang nagbabatay. Sa madaling salita ang pagkakaisa namin ay sarili naming pasya. Kung hindi niyo po kayang magkaisa bakit naggagalahiti kayo sa galit at inggit? Masama po iyan. :)

    • It’s not bloc voting. It’s called unified voting. Kasi we don’t vote na naka-bloc to a certain party. Iba ibang parties yung laman ng list. We do this because we have ONE voice. :)

      You don’t have to vote for who we’re voting for.

    • Kpag nagkakaisa kami sa pagboto, iyan ba ay pakikialam namin sa estado? Saan mo hinugot ang definition mong iyan brightman? Pakisagot….

  4. Kahit sino ang tanungin niyo ay mawawhitewash ang kasong ito dahil sa lower court pa lang ay hawak na ng INC sa leeg ang hukom! Delaying tactics kumbaga. Kawawang isaias samson yan ang napala niya sa paganib sa INC ni manalo na kulto. Kawawa ang bansang Pilipinas kapag kapag ang naihalal na presedente ay puppet ng INC,dito pa lang ay alam na ng marami na dissolve na ang case ni isaias. Huwag nating iboboto lahat ng politico na iindorso ng INC! Pati manila times eh binayaran ng mga INC na ito!

    REPLY
    Libelous at walang basis ang huling sentence mo.

    • Nasa iyo po iyan kung ayaw niyong iboto ang mga pagkakaisahan namin. Basta kami nagkaisa sa pagboto manalo o matalo man sila panalo pa rin kami sapagakt nagawa namin ang aming bahagi bilag Pilipino at bilang nagkakaisang alagad ng Panginoong Jesucristo. Kung may ebidensiya ka na mga inaakusahan mo po ay maaari mo iyong iharap sa hukuman. Kesa panay ka paninira ng iyong kapwa. Baka nga ka relihiyon mo pa po sila.. :)

    • Libelous nga talaga. Dito natin nahahalata kung anong uring tao ang mga kumakalaban sa INC. Walang pagpipigil sa sarili, na kahit walang batayan ay naninira sa iba. Mahiya ka nman nagpapatawag kapa namang brightman….

    • KUNG AKO SA MANILA TIMES.. KAKASUHAN KO NG LIBEL TONG SI Brightman E.. SABI BA NAMAN NA YUN MANILA TIMES E NABAYARAN DAW NG IGLESIA NI CRISTO? PAPAYAG BA KAYO MGA TAO DYAN SA MANILA TIMES NA NABABAYARAN KAYO? KASUHAN NYO NA YAN SI BRIGHTMAN PARA TUMINO..

  5. Joselito Masador on

    “Nullum crimen sine lege, nullum poena sine lege.” (No crime without law, no punishment without law.) Ito po ay ang legal maxim na ginawang basehan sa principle of “legality”. Binanggit ko po ito sapagkat ang rationale sa likod ng principle na ito ay akma din po sa akusasyon na pag-labag ni Secretary de Lima sa tamang proseso.

    Ang argument po ng mga kapatid namin sa Iglesia ay lumabag daw po si Secretary de Lima sa tamang proseso sapagkat wala daw pong nasusulat na batas na nagbibigay pahintulot sa Secretary of Justice na maki-alam sa preliminary investigation. Nangangahulugan na po ba na nilabag ni Secretary de Lima ang tamang proseso? HINDI PO. Sapagkat WALA rin pong nasusulat na batas na NAGBABAWAL sa Secretary of Justice na maki-alam sa preliminary investigation. Wala din po akong alam na batas na nagsasabihing hindi sakop sa “Other officers as may be authorized by law” ang Secretary of Justice. (Rules of Criminal Procedure, Rule 112 Section 2(b))

    Yun naman pong 2000 National Prosecution Service Rule on Appeal na pinagbatayan ng mga prosecutors ay hindi naga-apply.

    SECTION 1. Scope. – This Rule shall apply to appeals from resolutions of the Chief State Prosecutor, Regional State Prosecutors and Provincial/City Prosecutors in cases subject of preliminary investigation/ reinvestigation.

    Malinaw po na nakasulat na “This Rule shall apply to appeals”. Hindi po naga-apply ang pinagbatayan nilang rule na yon sapagkat HINDI PO ITO APPEAL.

    Sa makatuwid, kung wala pong batas na MALINAW na nasusulat na BAWAL, ang ibig sabihin po nito ay HINDI BAWAL. Kung kaya’t wala pong pag-labag sa tamang proseso si Secretary de Lima.

    Ang nais ko pong makita ay ang batas na pinagbatayan ng prosecutors sa kanilang “evaluation stage” bago isagawa ang preliminary investigation. Wala po ito sa Rules of Criminal Procedure. Kung kaya’t sa palagay ko po ay ang mga prosecutors ang may ginagawang pag-labag.

  6. Any case filed against someone must undergo evaluation first and no precipitated or automatic action of elevating the case to court shall be done. Remember that there are individuals who file cases not for the purpose of justice but for the purpose of inducing fear, uncertainty, division, and harassment. Not only that, some complainants do it for the purpose of grandstanding, getting even in a wrongly perceived concept of things, and for saving face.

    Kapag napapahiya, ang unang hakbang agad ay ang pag-asunto lalo na kung ang kanyang kalaban ayon sa kanyang kaisipan ay mahina at kakaunti. At lalo na kung ito ay nasulsulan ng mga tiwaling nasa pamahalaan na may itinatagong galit at inggit dahil ganyan ang kanyang nasagip mulla sa mga haka-haka at tsismis sa kanyang kapaligiran.

    We know already that in whatever Catholic school, colleges, and universities, things that are anathema to the Iglesia ni Cristo are always being mentioned in frenzies of gossips, brickbats, tirades, and innuendos. And the matter is even made worse if these pariahs feel that the opposite’s action are so detrimental to the future of their religion. Many would thus judge the Iglesia ni Cristo based on the inherent bias from the group which suffer the most in the true Church’s drive to parry the blows of evil and false doctrines which defy biblical tenets.

  7. Huwag iligaw ang isyu. May isinampang kaso at dapat iyong litisin na. Hindi isyu si delima, ang inc, si samson , at ang sanggunian na yan…Ang isyu ay may kaso, tama na ang dakdak, preliminary na iyan at issue na warrant . sus

    • Joselito Masador on

      Tama po kayo. Lahat po ng paraan ay ginagawa para lang mapatagal ang pag-abante ng kaso.

  8. Dick S. O'Rosary on

    Looks like the INC’s rally was premature. De Lima was always going to assign the case to a low level prosecutor and, as I’ve been saying this whole time, the INC will cajole, intimidate and bribe that prosecutor so that nothing comes of that case. SO WHY WAS THE SANGGUNIAN SO WORRIED THAT THEY HAD TO TELL THEIR FLOCK TO DEFEND THEM ON THE STREET?

  9. May “ignorance of the law” kayo, kayo ignorante sa katotohanan!.

    “Other officers as may be authorized by law.” ay pwede si De Lima niyan.

    • Joselito Masador on

      Sang-ayon po ako sa inyo. At higit sa lahat, wala po akong alam na batas na nagpapahintulot ng nais gawin ng mga prosecutors na “evaluation stage” bago maganap ang preliminary investigation.

  10. Joselito Masador on

    The case was expected to undergo a preliminary investigation already. And now the prosecutors want it to undergo an “evaluation stage” first. What is next? They will say it has to go through a “pre-evaluation” stage? Clearly, those insubordinate prosecutors are doing everything to unduly cause delay. I have not seen any statute or rule that requires this so called “evaluation stage” before the preliminary investigation can begin.

    “To delay Justice is Injustice.”

    “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

  11. Joselito Masador on

    The case was expected to undergo a preliminary investigation already. And now the prosecutors want it to undergo an “evaluation stage” first. What is next? They will say it has to go through a “pre-evaluation” stage? Clearly, those insubordinate prosecutors are doing everything to unduly cause delay.

    “To delay Justice is Injustice.”

    “Justice delayed is justice denied.”

  12. Naku, sinuhulan nanaman ng INC ni manalo yang NPS na yan or for sure ay member nila ang mga huwes dyan! Kayong mga INC ay ipinaglalaban niyo ang separation ng church at state pero may block voting kayo na malinaw na pakikialam sa gobyerno! tanga lang ang maniniwala sa inyong mga INC ni manalo!

    • Seriously, may proof? bago ka mag-comment ng mga ganyan, ilabas mo muna ebidensya mo…puro haka-haka..pinangalanan pa naman ang sarili na ‘bright’..di muna mag-isip na libelous ang pinagsasasabi..
      meron pang ‘for sure’ na nalalaman..sigurado lang?lakas mag-comment ng mga ganyan palibhasa di nagpapakilala..haay..

      Maniniwala pa ako kung The ManilaTimes ang nagsabi na may nangyaring panunuhol kasi HINDI sila BIAS..ni di nga nilabas ng ibang media ang balitang ito..ang iba, ginagamit na para sa Black Propaganda sa ibang politiko, and this time, sa isang religious organization..

      Seriously, ano ng nangyayari sa mga Pilipino?di na muna tingnan ang parehong panig bago mang-kutya ng KAPWA..being an observer ng mga pangyayari, mukhang bumababa na ang pang-unawa ng ibang PILIPINO..nakakahiya..

      Manila Times is upholding the TRUE MEDIA..

  13. Asan na yung mga nagsasabing “she’s just doing her job”? Ngayon unti unti na lumalabas ang katotohanan…

  14. De Lima is a puppet of Aquino! Her findings and recommendations after the Luneta massacre was ignored by Aquino…she did not say anything…it is clear that there was a massacre in Mamasapano but she is dragging her feet because Aquino is ultimately responsible….not all this noise about charging the leadership of Iglesia ni Cristo is a ploy to force INC to support the candidate of LP in 2016!

    • Logic dictates if delima drags her feet on the mamasapano case, it would be detrimental to aquino. She would best serve the “welfare” of her boss if the cases are filed during her watch, would it not?

      “….not all this noise about charging the leadership of Iglesia ni Cristo is a ploy to force INC to support the candidate of LP in 2016!…….”
      I’m gonna need some help here. Do you mean the LP is trying to influence the inc to vote for their candidate by charging the inc leadership of a crime?

  15. Katulad ko din ng mabasa ko ang pagsasalita ni Justice Secretary De Lima ay tila natuwa ako. Nasabi ko sa sarili ko na pwede naman palang bumilis ang kaso. Natural ang naging reaksyon ko sa mga sinabi ni De Lima laban sa mga inaakusahan ay galit. Tama! Dapat nga silang makulong! Dapat silang mahayag! Blah Blah Blah. At marami kung hindi man lahat ng kapatid ay naging ganuon ang kaisipan laban sa namamahala sa Iglesia Ni Cristo. Iba kasi dito sa atin sa Pilipinas eh. Pag isinigaw kang magnanakaw o anupaman ang sabihin nila sa isang tao ke totoo man o hindi ay nagiging totoo sa mga katulad naming nanunuod ng TV, nagbabasa ng Diaryo at nakikinig ng Radyo. Ako sa aking pananaw kung talagang me kasalanan ang mga sinasabing nasa Sanggunian at padaanin sa tamang proseso upang walang alinlangan ang sinuman nasa panig man ng INC o hindi. Pero eto ang tanong? Paano? Paano kung hindi naman pala tama lahat ang akusasyon? Paano na ang reputasyon ng mga taong pinagpiyestahan ng publiko? Pwede bang sabihin na lang sorry? Isang magandang halimbawa ay ang ating Chief Justice Corona. Nang mapanuod ko ang paglilitis sa kaniya ay talagang ako man ay nagalit din. Bakit kako ang mga taong tulad niya ay nagagawang mangdaya? Pero ng aking mapanuod ng buo at mapakinggan ang magkabilang panig ay napahiya ako sa aking sarili. Napahiya sapagkat nagpagamit ako sa mga taong nagsalita di umano ng katotohanan laban kay CJ. Patawad po mahal na Ginoo.Hindi man ako nagpunta sa lansangan para sumama sa kanila o kaya ay nagsulat ng maaanghang na salita laban sa iyo patawad po. Iyan po ang nais kong sabihin sa lahat ng mga mambabasa ke pabor man kayo ke De Lima o hindi. Pagalawin natin ang tunay na pamamaraan ng paggawad ng hustisya at parusa sino man siya. Isaalang alang din natin ang magiging bukas ng mga taong nainvolve. Sabi nga ng ilan ay ganito: Mas mabuti pang pakawalan ang isang tunay na magnanakaw kaysa ikulong ang isang taong napagbintangan lang. Salamat po sa lahat.

  16. Yes, secretary de lima of doj, a blatant breaking of procedural rules in handling isaias samson allegedly complaint. Sooooo obvious, the whole world is watching entirely your act. Beware Sec de lima!

  17. Mr. Jomar Canlas, are you sure about the 4,000 figure that you wrote? Do you have a sound basis for that?

  18. De Lima… she make a fool of herself. There are lots of big cases you don’t even solve yet just like the fallen 44. And she will run to senator?

    • Joselito Masador on

      Don’t you ever get tired of deflecting the issue by bringing up other cases? Other cases have no relevance to this case. Even if the SAF-44 case does not get solved forever, that does not mean that this case (or any other case) should not be prosecuted. It is very tiring to hear that diversion tactic.

  19. I am already excited to witness the downfall of Sec. De Lima. Inuga nya ang bahay pukyutan eh.hahahaha. MAGTAGO KA NA DELIMA!!!! HHEHEHE

  20. Yan ba ang turo sa iyo ng amo mong si ingkong soriano ng ADD? Bakit di mo asikasuhin ang mga kaso ni soriano na 10 years na pugante sa ibang bansa?

  21. Daniel G. Tamala on

    We call it in Filipino language as “Walang Delicadeza” kaya nagiging Ignorante, maraming nag aral, at hayag na di natuto, at higit sa lahat-NABULAG sa KATOTOHANAN, sanhi ng pandariling AMBISYON…

    • that is true! De Lima’s act in meddling the case is BREAKING LEGAL PROCEDURES which is putting the entire DOJ in a bias situation.. The Secretary herself should be a “MODEL OF OBJECTIVITY” but we observe it in CONTRARY..

  22. An incompetent DOJ secretary who made nothing about big cases such as MAMASAPANO at panot’s PDAF is dreaming to be a Senator. Funny as hell

    • ewan ko bakit maraming nagbubulagan sa kakayahan nitong si de singko. halos lahat yata ng kasong isinampa nitong si de singko laban kay arroyo ay na pawalang bisa ng hukuman. yung election sabotage, like plunder ay non-bailable offense, ay mukhang mahina kaya binigyan ng pyansa si arroyo nung huwes na in the first place ay nauto ni de singko at ni white hair para idemanda at ipakulong si arroyo. siguro kahiyaan na lang kaya nag dribble yung huwes at binigyan muna ng pyansa si arroyo at hindi agad dismissal kasi sya nga ang nauto ni de singko at white hair. eh yung kasong plunder na biglang isinampa laban kay arroyo sa pcso plunder case para hindi makalabas si arroyo sa hospital arrest tapos nga bigyan ng pyansa sa election sabotage kaso ay namumulikta yata ang sandigan bayan kasi lahat ng co-conspirators daw ni arroyo ay binigyan ng pyansa pero si arroyo ay hindi. so ibig sabihin mahina ang kaso laban sa mga co-accused ni arroyo pero si arroyo ay naka hospital arrest pa rin. si de singko ay dapat tangalan ng lisensya pagka abogado sa daming violation nito ng mga batas at konstitusyon

  23. Sally Red Limes on

    De Lima’s action is preposterous! Can’ she give it a little bit of thought before making such obnoxious decision?

    • Gloria B. Wilhelm on

      May I be bold and ask: IS DE LIMA A HEROINE? Only to those who are uto-uto, gago, tanga, bulag, unggoy. So sorry and my apologies. But these were just some of the heaps of insults thrown at us, members of INC. De Lima is guilty of acting above the law by being selective and discriminatory. She knew the process well but she intervened. She and her cohort thought we INC members are so dumb, poor and uneducated and meek, as we are quiet and peaceful people, are not knowledgeable of the laws of the land. Some unbiased media reported that it smelled of conspiracy among Pnoy Aquino, Mar Roxas and herself. The media even went to the extent to report that Mar Roxas threatened the INC of consequences if he was not endorsed. And you detractors of INC only saw the traffic chaos at EDSA, which is a problem every day, and “De Lima only doing her job,” without really wanting to know the real reasons. Was it because you didn’t really want to know, or hear, or was it because your knowledge of the due processes of laws is lacking? OR was it because deep down you hate the INC vehemently? Whatever your motives were, you hid well with a mask and you saw the opportunity to join the wagon to bash INC. Then you have a problem to deal with because you are slaves to your close-mindedness and prejudices. Remember, people who are prejudiced have irrational thinking and logic, meaning groundless, are jealous, feel inferior and feel threatened. And because your minds are shut, I am sure there will be actions and movements, if they haven’t started yet, against those people running in high offices, not to vote for them, because they sided with INC as you perceived them as kowtowing to INC. You refuse to accept the fact that what they stated were just confirming what the laws say. Now who are being blind and hateful?

  24. rebecca carlos on

    matalino kunwari ngunit bobo sa katotohanan. alam niyang ang pagpapa interview at bawat salitang bitiwan nia, could be held against her, isinuong niya ang sarili sa katangahan, sa alanganin, ngyon tuloy, di niya alam kung paano niya lulusutan itong gusot na pinasok niya…sobrang tiwala sa isang tiniwalag na ministro..sumakay sa saranggolang walang matatag na bagwis at maikli ang pisi

    • Nakapasa ba Ng bar yan???..napaka INUTIL…tulad Ni Roxas, Ni alcala, Ni Abaya, Ni Tolentino….mr. Abnoy wala Na ba talagang iba ….bugok ka….

  25. In the history of the true Church of Christ (Iglesia ni Cristo) and whenever a group or individual tries to foment harm to Her, it has been always the members’ practices to gravitate towards the leadership in a congregational, national, and global sitting. Those who harbor wishful thoughts against the Iglesia ni Cristo will only suffer humiliations because the stance of the true Church is always Her oneness or unity with Her God, Lord Christ, and with the Administration.

  26. Any case filed against someone must undergo evaluation first and no precipitated or automatic action of elevating the case to court shall be done. Remember that there are individuals who file cases not for the purpose of justice but for the purpose of inducing fear, uncertainty, division, and harassment. Not only that, some complainants do it for the purpose of grandstanding, getting even in a wrongly perceived concept of things, and for saving face.

    Kapag napapahiya, ang unang hakbang agad ay ang pag-asunto lalo na kung ang kanyang kalaban ayon sa kanyang kaisipan ay mahina at kakaunti. At lalo na kung ito ay nasulsulan ng mga tiwaling nasa pamahalaan na may itinatagong galit at inggit dahil ganyan ang kanyang nasagip mulla sa mga haka-haka at tsismis sa kanyang kapaligiran.

    We know already that in whatever Catholic school, colleges, and universities, things that are anathema to the Iglesia ni Cristo are always being mentioned in frenzies of gossips, brickbats, tirades, and innuendos. And the matter is even made worse if these pariahs feel that the opposite’s action are so detrimental to the future of their religion. Many would thus judge the Iglesia ni Cristo based on the inherent bias from the group which suffer the most in the true Church’s drive to parry the blows of evil and false doctrines which defy biblical tenets.

    • “If religious leaders will abide by this Christian law, they will not coerce or threaten their members of excommunication if they will not vote for candidates of their leader’s choice

  27. tsk… de Lima, making a fool of herself. She has no business being the secretary of DOJ, even more so as a Senator.

  28. Roldan Guerrero on

    This is a SLAP ON THE FACE of DE LIMA on her ignorance of the law. I have not seen a DOJ Secretary with such an incompetence of discharging her functions as head of the department. This Manizer UGLY CARABAO SKINNED WOMAN is nothing but for the DUSTBIN! Do anyboby vote someone like her for a seat in the senate?

    • And she said she is just doing her job- and the rest of the haters reiterated: she is just doing her job. hehehehe. who is the real blind follower now?