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"What the INC is therefore saying is that the members of their Sanggunian, not to mention their Executive Minister (who is not even among the respondents), are immune from suit. These 8 people, over and above the 100 million Filipinos, cannot be the subject of criminal complaints or be subpoenaed or required to face a preliminary investigation, much like the President of the Republic.
Extending their reasoning further, they maintain that so long as the matter involves an INC member or an official, the State has no jurisdiction to intervene, even when their member is already claiming and attesting to the commission of criminal acts punishable under Philippine laws.
JUSTICE. INC members troop to the intersection of EDSA and Shaw Boulevard on August 29. File photo by Rob Reyes/Rappler
This worldview is akin only to that of a certain kind of group in our society, that of rebel organizations sworn to the overthrow of established government or their secession from the nation for the purpose of establishing a separate State and national identity.
The similarity starts with the argument that INC ministers and members are subject only to INC jurisdiction, and that State laws do not apply to them. This worldview and the thin line between political secession and the exercise of religious freedom that it traverses is engendered by the practice of a faith that has created such a separate identity from that of Filipino nationhood – so as to exist as a sovereign within itself." --- Rappler