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Monday, October 14, 2013
MANILA (Updated) -– Around three million followers of the religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on Monday crippled the flow of traffic on various places in Manila and nearby cities as they conducted an evangelical and outreach mission in Quiapo district.
Manila Police District (MPD) director Chief Superintendent Isagani Genabe Jr., said the crowd estimate based on the assessment from their units on the ground reaches around 2-3 million as of 11 a.m.
The said event titled “Lingap-Pamamahayag” which is a prelude to the INC’s Centennial Anniversary next year prompted the suspension of classes in the entire Metro Manila.
The religious event also triggered some government agencies to suspend their afternoon work schedule such as the Commission on Elections, Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, Court of Tax Appeals and Sandiganbayan as well as local courts located in Manila and Quezon City.
Bro. Edwil Zabala, the designated spokesperson for the event said that the activity is not a new thing. He explained that relief-giving, as well as medical and dental mission had already been done by the religious group in the past.
"We are doing this not only in the Philippines but also in different parts of the world in accordance to the biblical teachings: 'To love your neighbor as yourself,'" Zabala said, quoting a Bible verse.
He explained that the INC had also conducted relief missions abroad like during the aftermath of the killer earthquake and tsunami that devastated Southern Japan in 2011, and after the onslaught Hurricane Sandy in the US east coast.
Zabala also insisted the event under the project “Kabayan ko, Kapatid ko” to which the activity in Manila is under, has no political color. Everyone is invited to join and participate, Zabala said.
"Gusto po naming linawin at tinitiyak po naming na ito na walang bahid pulitika," Zabala explained.
Zabala also sought understanding from the public for the traffic jams.
"Kami ay humihingi ng paumanhin at pagunawa. Bagama't namamahagi ng aid packages maayos ang pila, hindi tayo nagmamadali na ang nakatanggap aalis agad," he said.
Also, he said they expect the traffic in Manila to ease once the medical and dental mission ends.
In the meantime, he urged those who had already availed of services to go home soonest.
"Ang nabigyan na ine-encourage namin pwede umuwi," he said. (John Carlo Cahinhinan/JK/Sunnex)