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Thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members gather at the Quirino grandstand

A helicopter hovers above a sea of umbrellas as Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members gather at the Quirino grandstand for a rally in Manila. About a million members of the influential sect held rallies in the Philippines, police said, in a show of force amid perceived political tension with once staunch ally President Benigno Aquino

Iglesia ni Cristo members gather in Quirino

Thousands of Iglesia ni Cristo (Church of Christ) members gather at the Quirino Grandstand for a religious activity in Manila February 28, 2012.

Church of Christ devotees gather at Manila's public park for a religious activity, which some critics viewed as a political rally in support of Supreme Court justice Chief Renato Corona, who is currently facing an impeachment trial in the Upper House of Congress for violating the constitution and betraying public trust.

(Photos by Reuters and NPPA Images)