MANILA, Philippines – Traffic is building up at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) anew as members of Iglesia ni Cristo begin their trip home following their 100th anniversary celebrations in Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.
Dennis Datu, reporting on radio DZMM, said that INC members began leaving the Philippine Arena at around 9 a.m.
There is now heavy traffic at the northbound lane of NLEx starting from the Petron Marilao gas station. The build-up of vehicles has reached more than seven kilometers, and the Bocaue exit has now been closed.
Datu said vehicles at the northbound lane are now barely moving.
The heavy traffic is expected to worsen this afternoon as more INC members return home, Datu said. An estimated two million INC members attended the anniversary.
Motorists are being advised to avoid NLEx for now.
Meanwhile, operatives of Task Force Sentenaryo have been sent out to assist motorists.
No crime was reported in Ciudad de Victoria, although one pregnant woman went into labor and had to be rushed to the Valenzuela City Medical Center, where she gave birth.
First aid was administered to some 140 people, although this number is expected to rise, Datu said, as several others showed effects of the intense heat and the long walk towards the Philippine Arena. -- Report from Dennis Datu, DZMM.