600,000 Iglesia members hold massive rally
MANILA, Philippines—Hundreds of thousands of members of the Iglesia ni Cristo have gathered in a massive rally in Manila that organizers say was “purely religious” and not political.
Iglesia members have rallied in support of Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona, who is facing a Senate impeachment trial. Corona’s chief lawyer is prominent sect member and former Supreme Court Justice Serafin Cuevas.
Corona is a target of President Benigno Aquino’s anti-corruption campaign. He is also accused of giving favors to former president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who is detained on electoral fraud charges.
Iglesia spokesman Bienvenido Santiago said politicians who joined Tuesday’s rally were not allowed to make speeches.
Police estimated the crowd at 600,000.
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