MANILA, Philippines (AP) -- Thousands of members of a politically influential Christian sect have ended five days of street protests that set off huge traffic jams in the Philippine capital and sparked outrage from motorists.
Evangelist Bienvenido Santiago of the Iglesia ni Cristo church said without elaborating that his group had ended their protests peacefully Monday after holding talks with government officials.
The Iglesia group protested after Justice Secretary Leila de Lima took steps to investigate a criminal complaint filed by an expelled Iglesia minister against church officials. Thousands of sect members rallied at de Lima's Manila office on Thursday and then shifted their protests to the main EDSA highway, site of two "People Power" uprisings that toppled two presidents in nearly three decades.
The secretive church has been wracked recently by infighting.