Traffic jam expected as INC members leave arena

Posted at 07/27/14 1:30 PM


MANILA - Motorists be warned: More traffic jams are expected to affect parts of the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), as Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) members leave Ciudad de Victoria in Bocaue, Bulacan.

More than a million attended INC's centennial celebration, which wrapped up past 9 a.m. on Sunday, reducing the Marilao portion of NLEX's northbound lane to a parking lot.

The congestion forced vehicles travelling north to use the zipper lanes implemented by the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to counterflow on the southbound lane.

Task force "sentinaryo" head and MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino said travel is still "possible" at the moment, but warned that the traffic jam is expected to last until midnight.

He also mentioned a possible influx of vehicles heading back to Metro Manila by 5 p.m., as members of the INC leave the area.

'Another challenge'

While traffic in NLEX is expected to normalize within 24 hours, Tolentino said President Benigno Aquino III's State of the Nation Address may pose another problem for motorists in Manila.

He said security measures are in place and will be implemented 3 a.m. early Monday in several areas including in front of the Batasan Pambansa and along Commonwealth Avenue.