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600,000 Iglesia members hold massive rally

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600,000 Iglesia members hold massive rally

/ 11:35 PM February 28, 2012

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.

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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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TAGS: Corona Impeachment, Iglesia ni Cristo, INC, Religion, Renato Corona
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