MANILA, Philippines – The northbound and southbound service roads along the area of the EDSA Shrine in Quezon City have been closed Friday evening, August 28, due to the ongoing rally held by members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC).
In an advisory, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said the service roads were no longer passable as of 9:05 pm.
ADVISORY: EDSA Shrine NB/SB Service Roads are not passable due to INC group vigil as of 9:01 PM. Please take alternate routes. Ten-4. #mmda— Official MMDA (@MMDA) August 28, 2015
Motorists are also advised to take alternate routes to avoid the expected heavy traffic in the area.
At least a thousand INC members gathered in the vicinity of the historic shrine beginning Friday afternoon to continue their protest against the alleged meddling of the Department of Justice (DOJ) in the “internal affairs” of the influential church.
The protest, which began Thursday, again targeted DOJ Secretary Leila de Lima, whom INC members accused of religious persecution. (READ: Iglesia ni Cristo rallies flock: ‘Inaapi tayo!’)
This comes after expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr filed an illegal detention case against INC leaders. – Rappler.com