Posted at 08/28/2015 1:51 AM | Updated as of 08/28/2015 3:52 PM
MANILA - Lawyers of former Iglesia Ni Cristo minister Isaias Samson Jr. on Thursday called INC's response to the illegal detention case they filed at the Department of Justice "irrational" and "non-responsive."
In a statement, lawyers Trixie Cruz-Angeles and Ahmed Paglinawan said the INC leadership reacted "in a manner that speaks of irrationality and non-responsiveness."
"Instead of answering the allegations at preliminary investigation, they immediately call out the Department of Justice officials as being biased, based solely on their perception that the mere docketing of the case at the main office is already proof of said "selective justice," the statement said.
Cruz-Angeles and Paglinawan also called out Glicerio Santos Jr. and the rest of the Sanggunian, a council of ranking INC ministers, for publicly pressuring the DOJ instead of seeking recourse with the courts.
"The investigation has not begun, no evidence has been adduced and neither side has been heard. The complaint was filed on Tuesday 25 August, and no notices for hearings have been sent out. What are they complaining about?" Samson's lawyers said .
Samson's lawyers also described INC's action as a form of bullying, where the church leaders and members ask for special privileges.
"They believe that a massing of people pressuring officials to rule in their favor is a strategy that gets them off the hook. They fail to see that they look like bullies at the gate demanding that the DOJ rule in a certain way - THEIR way. They fail to see that they aren't demanding justice, they are demanding special privileges," the statement added..
Cruz-Angeles and Paglinawan maintained that Samson will not be silenced once more and assured that their client’s legitimate concerns will be aired out.