Commuters either going home or coming for work last night were greeted with horrendous traffic and road blockage when Iglesia Ni Cristo members trooped to EDSA Shaw in Ortigas and Mandaluyong area to protest against Secretary Laila De Lima and the DOJ for meddling in the internal affairs of the religious group following the investigation of the abduction of some of its members. The INC members held a protest in front of DOJ office in Padre Faura before heading to EDSA Shrine for a mass protest later in the evening.
Florencio Jusay, Jr., blogger, Manual To Lyf, who was in the area was stranded late evening and was only able to get home past 2 AM. “Bukas na lang kaya ako umuwi,” was the post he shared last night on Facebook.
The incident gained a lot of commentaries on social media, calling the act of the religious group as #INConsiderate to the expense of other people who were trying to get home as early as possible. Later that evening, INC members constructed a stage for their use.
As politicians made dividing statements regarding the issue, it was likely giving the people an idea who will from the INC and the non-INC side will be anointing in the coming May 2016 National Election.
“Ang mga tao na yan, ang dinedepensahan nila ay ang kanilang paniniwala. Nirerespeto natin ‘yan at kailangan pangalagaan din ang kanilang karapatan. Maybe it would be best if Secretary De Lima faces (them) and explain the situation and why it’s happening,” said Sen. Grace Poe with regards to the protest.
As for Mar Roxas, as posted on Mar Roxas Official Facebook, he said, “As in all protest actions, preserving peace and order with maximum tolerance will be practiced by all responding policemen.
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. Lalo na yung mga kababayan nating pauwi sa kanilang mga tahanan para magpahinga at makasama ang kanilang mga pamilya.
The PNP is duty-bound to ensure that the safety and general welfare of the public is maintained, both those protesting and those uninvolved. This includes making sure opportunists do not try to take advantage of the situation for personal ends.
Let us remember that ours is a Rule of Law and not of men.”
INC members call for understanding and for non-INC groups to respect their ‘act of one’ protest. They believe that it’s their freedom of expression to call unto their brethren to protest against DOJ’s meddling and for the separation of church and state.
One photo showed up on the Internet as likely a call for ‘people power’ that will extend up to Monday, Aug. 31st, a national holiday.
The protest along Padre Faura in Manila left tons of garbage scattered last night. While in EDSA, with no portalets installed, protesters used restrooms of the nearby fast food chains to relieved themselves.
As of 2 AM this morning, an estimated 2,500 crowd of INC members joined #OccupyEDSA.
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