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Sunday, August 30, 2015

Trending: Iglesia ni Cristo Protesters Intend to Stay in Edsa Until Monday

Thousands of protesters from the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) stayed in EDSA from Friday (August 28) and intend to do so until Monday (August 31). As members of the church continued to mass up, the northbound lane of EDSA-Ortigas became impassable to vehicles.

An estimated 2,500 people were counted by the Eastern Police District. The protesters have occupied the road even without rally permit from the Quezon City government.

The mass protest began on Thursday in Manila, where thousands of members of the politically-influential religious group spoke out against what they said was Justice Secretary Leila de Lima's interferance in the group's internal affairs. This was regarding the harassment charges filed by Iglesia ni Cristo former minister Isaias Samson Jr. against the religious group's officials for allegedly detaining and harassing him and his family — an accusation denied by Iglesia ni Cristo officials.

A statement from the massive church, read during the report, said that" Iglesia ni Cristo is merely defending their religious freedom".

"Government's duty is to ensure that the laws of the land are complied with and does not wish to interfere in the internal affairs of any legitimate organization," Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma responded.

The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is known to be influential especially during the election periods with their block voting system because according to an SWS survey, 70 to 80 percent of Iglesia ni Cristo members vote for whoever church leaders endorse.

In fact, President Benigno Aquino III, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Joseph Ejercito Estrada, the last 3 Philippine Presidents were all endorsed by the church.

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