While stressing that maximum tolerance will be practiced by all police officers securing the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) protest actions, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Mar Roxas said the group’s right to be heard and peaceful assembly cannot impinge on the rights of others.
“While all citizens have the right to be heard and to peaceful assembly, the exercise of these rights cannot impinge on the rights of others or cause inconvenience to anyone, lalo na ‘yung mga kababayan nating pauwi sa kanilang mga tahanan para magpahinga at makasama ang kanilang mga pamilya,” he added.
Roxas added that the Philippine National Police is duty-bound to ensure that the safety and general welfare of the public is maintained, both those protesting and those uninvolved.
“This includes making sure opportunists do not try to take advantage of the situation for personal ends. Let us remember that ours is a Rule of Law and not of men,” the DILG chief stressed.
INC members have massed up in EDSA and P. Faura, Manila to protest the alleged meddling of the Department of Justice in the affairs of the religious group. PNA