The co-accused and alleged mistress of expelled Iglesia Ni Cristo evangelical worker Lowell Menorca II was nabbed in Cebu last June 22 for her failure to attend the mandatory court hearing in her adultery case, according to authorities.
Aedtnavye Juntilla “AJ” Lazo was taken into police custody by virtue of an arrest warrant issued by Judge Romeo Rabaca of the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 25.
She was a “no-show” at the arraignment and pre-trial for the adultery case filed against her and Menorca by David Flores, Lazo’s estranged husband.
Flores filed the adultery complaint three years ago after discovering the affair between the two paramours. According to Flores, he himself introduced Menorca and Lazo to each other about 2-3 months into his marriage.
Menorca, according to court records, is considered “at large” and a fugitive from justice after he secretly fled the country in 2016. He is facing a string of libel cases apart from the adultery charge.
He has eventually settled in Canada where he was granted political asylum in 2018. Reports indicate his wife and child remain in the country and Menorca has not made efforts for them to join him abroad.
Both public and private prosecutors handling the adultery case called on Menorca to “face the music and join his co-accused in court,” hinting that he unfairly abandoned his mistress to fend for her own in facing the criminal charge.