Why De Lima is target of Iglesia ni Cristo's anger
MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – Hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members cheered wildly when an effigy, which looked like Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, was paraded on the site of their anti-government rally.
The effigy, which was around 10 feet tall, was clothed in a traditional dress for Filipino women.
The INC protestors past midnight on Saturday, August 29, chanted as the effigy passed by: “De Lima, pabebe! De Lima, pabebe!” (Pabebe is Filipino slang for “trying to be cute.”)
Behind this effigy, another followed. For protestors, the other effigy looked like expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr, who filed an illegal detention case against INC leaders before the DOJ.
A serious illegal detention charge carries with it a penalty of life imprisonment and is a non-bailable offense. The case filed by Samson is reminiscent of the case involving businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles, who has been convicted for the illegal detention of Benhur Luy in the pork barrel or Priority Development Assistance Fund scam. Napoles was sentenced to reclusion perpetua or imprisonment of up to 40 years.
Minutes before these effigies arrived, INC members hurled other insults against De Lima.