INC protesters anger commuters, stranded motorists

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The Iglesia ni Cristo protest creates a monstrous traffic jam in the metro, causing major re-routing and road closures

BLOCKED ROAD. The Iglesia Ni Cristo crowd blocks the northbound road in front of Robinsons Galleria. EDSA-Ortigas flyover is passable for northbound motorists. Photo by Buena Bernal/Rappler

MANILA, Philippines – It was past 12 am already of Saturday, August 29, but Metro Manila commuters and motorists on their way home found themselves still stuck in EDSA traffic.

INC members, about 5,000 according to the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), started flocking toward the historic EDSA Shrine on Friday afternoon to continue their protest of the government’s alleged “meddling” with internal issues of the 101-year-old church.

They started their protest in front of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday, calling for the “separation of church and state.”

The INC protest created a monstrous traffic jam in the metro, causing major re-routing and road closures. It enraged commuters, motorists, and netizens who took to Twitter to express their anger ang exhaustion:

Interior Secretary Mar Roxas reminded INC members holding demonstrations that while it is their right to protest, they should not impinge on other people’s rights.

“While all citizens have the right to be heard and to peaceful assembly, the exercise of these rights cannot impinge on the rights of others or cause inconvenience to anyone.” – Rappler.com