De Lima skips work at DOJ due to INC protest

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Iglesia ni Cristo followers holding a protest outside the Department of Justice on Friday, August 28, 2015.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Protest by members of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) disrupted work at the Justice department that even Justice Secretary Leila De Lima didn’t show up for work on Friday (August 28). But security inside the DOJ compound remained tight.

De Lima was supposed to report in her office, but the overwhelming presence of INC members outside the Department of Justice (DOJ) forced her not to go. CNN Philippines was told that she dropped by Malacañan, but we are still confirming the information.

The justice secretary was not the only one who skipped work. According to some DOJ employees, many of their colleagues decided not to show up for work on Friday to avoid the possibility of getting trapped inside the building should the situation worsen.

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The stretch of Padre Faura occupied by protesters remain closed for motorists.

Hearings were also canceled just like the preliminary investigation on suspended Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay’s libel case against Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV. The investigation has been reset to September 10.

Policemen from the Manila Police District were stationed at the DOJ as back-up security.

Security was also very tight as only employees with IDs were allowed to enter.

CNN Philippines tried to reach De Lima but she has yet to give a comment on the ongoing protest by INC members but she’s not replying.