MANILA, Philippines — Catholic Charismatic group El Shaddai is set to announce on Tuesday the candidates it will be supporting in the May 9 elections.
“On Tuesday, I will make it known to you,” said El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde during their prayer rally at the Ambel Park, Parañaque City on April 30.
Velarde said the decision on who they will support will be based on the survey they are conducting. On Saturday, they asked their members to fill-out a survey form, where they were asked to answer two questions — on who they want to vote as president and vice president.
“Meron po akong ikinalat na something like a survey form. Yan po ay para alamin ang nilooob ng bawat isa,” he said.
Three of the five presidential bets — Vice President Jejomar Binay, Senator Grace Poe, and former Interior and Local Government Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas — attended the overnight prayer vigil.
On the other hand, only two vice presidential aspirants joined the event. They were Senators Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and Francis “Chiz” Escudero.
The national candidates were given the chance to speak to the crowd.
Velarde also prayed for a peaceful, orderly and honest elections.
“Tayo ay magdasal para sa mapayapa, malinis at maayos na halalan sa ating bansa sa darating na Mayo 9. Nawa’y pagpalain niya and lahat ng tao; bigyan ng ibayong liwanag ang kanilang kaisipan, damdamin at bigyan nyo po ng maayos na pagdesisyon at pagpili ang bawat isa sa amin kung sino ang nararapat mamuno sa aming bayan na ayon sa nasusulat na ikaw ang may akda ng lahat,” he added.
Also present at the religious gathering were other candidates running in national and local polls, including former Department of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima, Atty. Lorna Kapunan, Win Gatchalian, Rey Langit, Rafael Alunan, Ralph Recto, Miguel Zubiri, Samuel Pagdilao, Martin Romualdez and Teofisto Guingona III, who are all aspiring for a Senate seat, and reelectionist Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada. PNA/northboundasia.com