Iglesia Ni Cristo
hierarchy fail to appear at DOJ probe on serious illegal detention row
By Perfecto T.
MANILA, Nov. 5 (PNA) -- The respondents in the complaint of serious
illegal detention filed by former Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Minister Isaias
Samson failed to appear at the hearing of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on
Named respondents in the complaint for serious illegal detention are the
entire membership of the Sanggunian, headed by Ka Glicerio Santos, Jr.
The complaint stemmed from the alleged nine days of treatment on Samson and
his family as prisoners in their own house.
During the said period, the complainant claimed that they were not allowed
to go out of their own house, their lines of telephones and internet were
cut off, and the health of his wife was endangered because she has just
undergone a heart operation when they were placed under "house arrest" in
their townhouse in Tierre Bella, Quezon City.
The complaint alleged that they were even guarded by armed men.
Samson claimed they were only able to escape when they pretended to go to
Only Samson and the members of his family, as well as their legal counsel
Atty. Trixie Cruz-Angeles made it to the hearing at the DOJ on Friday.
The hearing began at past 2 p.m., however, as the respondents have not yet
arrived by then, the DOJ panel of prosecutors decided to suspend the
proceedings and wait for another 10 minutes in the hope that anybody from
the respondents would still appear.
When the hearing resumed, nobody from the respondents appeared.
Hence, Samson and his family personally executed their complaint-affidavit
before the panel of prosecutors composed of Assistant State Prosecutors Mark
Estepa and Olivia Torrevilla.
Meanwhile, the complaint of arbitrary detention filed by Dr. Jose Norilito
Fruto against some INC officials was also heard by the same panel of
The case stemmed from the alleged illegal arrest made against Fruto in
Caloocan City last July 14.
The panel of prosecutors decided to declare both cases as "submitted for