Rage, laments by netizens as Iglesia members gather at EDSA


Posted at Aug 29 2015 02:08 AM | Updated as of Aug 30 2015 01:50 AM

Traffic appeared to be not just along EDSA on Friday night.

As commuters expressed disappointment at the hellish traffic, Filipino Internet users took their rants online.

EDSA was a top trending topic at 1 a.m., with thousands of tweets describing and lamenting the gridlock at Metro Manila's busiest highway. There were also thousands of tweets about Ortigas and Megamall, where hundreds of Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members gathered, as they protested Department of Justice's (DoJ) supposed selective justice.

SEE: What Iglesia's EDSA protest looks like

On top of the usual vehicle volume and Friday-payday traffic, Metro Manila Development Authority attributed the congestion to INC's activity, as well as the 3-day mall sale of SM Megamall. MMDA had advised motorists to take other routes, while some commuters were forced to walk.

Some people called it carmaggedon and perhaps there were a lot of cancelled appointments and workers who came home late.

At 1:00 AM Saturday, some motorists were still complaining of heavy traffic and others called the move “inconsiderate”

But there were also some who defended INC.

Actress Ruffa Gutierrez refused to attribute the traffic to INC activities.

Presidential Communications Operations Office chief, Secretary Herminio Coloma said the government is “monitoring to ensure public safety.”

Vice President Jejomar Binay meanwhile called on the public to respect INC's right to express their grievances.

Iglesia ni Cristo was also among the top trending topics on Twitter. The religious sect had been on vigil since Thursday in front of DoJ, along Padre Faura as they called on Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to be impartial in handling DoJ cases. On Thursday, De Lima's vehicle was mobbed by protesting INC members. By Friday, they moved to Ortigas, EDSA.

The protest of the INC members came after the filing of an illegal detention case by expelled INC minister Isaias Samson Jr. against eight leaders of the religious sect.

Samson alleged that he and his family were held captive inside their home after he was accused of writing a blog that revealed corruption practices and other irregularities inside the church.

(READ: INC minister 'held captive' speaks out)

De Lima had said she was merely doing her job.