The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has found an ally in Vice President Jejomar Binay who urged the administration of President Benigno Aquino to stop meddling in the affairs of the influential religious sect.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating a criminal complaint filed by an expelled INC minister against eight members of the Sanggunian, the sect’s highest administrative body.
Thousands of INC members held a protest action before the DOJ on Thursday which continued until Friday.
Binay said the INC was only exercising its freedom to assembly and religious freedom.
Binay, a presidential aspirant in the 2016 polls, is seemingly wooing the favor of the INC, known for their bloc voting during elections.
The INC supporters criticized Justice Secretary Leila De Lima for allegedly meddling in the internal affairs of the INC.
“We cannot fault the INC for resorting to mass action to protect the independence of their church from a clear act of harassment and interference from the administration,” the Vice President said.
“Religious freedom is guaranteed by our Constitution. Yet the administration chose to trample on this sacred right. What we are seeing are people fighting for their faith,” he added.