Manila – Over the past few days, members of the Iglesia ni Cristo [INC]] have gathered in key areas of Metro Manila. The mass action stems from their sentiments regarding a complaint filed by two of their members at the Department of Justice.
Their protests, like all others, involve a disagreement. The question therefore is whether calmer heads will prevail so that such disagreements are resolved peacefully through mutual respect.
This was an important consideration for the government: Just as it was important to protect the rights of all, ensure public safety, and minimize opportunities for sowing mayhem, we knew that a truly long-term solution involved engendering an atmosphere of dialogue, which will result in deescalating the situation that created tensions in the first place. We were resolved not to inflame passions, which could have given an opening to those with selfish agendas to further exacerbate conflict. Diplomacy therefore was an important tool in avoiding unintended consequences.
Through good will and the convergence of efforts, the rule of law has been upheld. We appreciate the INC leadership’s directives for the withdrawal of their members from their gathering sites. We are thankful that no serious injuries came about these past few days, and that the public can now prepare to go to work and to school tomorrow, as the long weekend draws to a close.
Report from: Official Gazette of the Philippines
September 8, 2015 at 3:31 am
It is likely an extremist idea. If someone touches their “good intention to be” this will be considered a big dilemma. Why not give the freedom to say something. Bakit hindi ba magkamali ang tao or ang administration sa INC para kayong mga nasa taga Vatican na hindi rin tatanggap ng reklamo. kong ano ang sinabi sa Santo Papa yan na wala ng pagusapan pa. Kong may reklamo ang tao let it be. Ang miembro ba sa INC ganyan hindi nalang makacomment sa administration kong may hindi maganda ang nangyayari. This is an indication of unbalance management. When someone raises a complaint why stop him? It is his right and for everybody.