MANILA — The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has announced on Thursday that they are supporting presidential bet Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., in in the May 9 elections.
According to the Eagle Broadcasting Corp. (EBC), INC’s official media arm, the religious group confirmed the reports supporting the candidacies of Duterte and Maros.
“The Iglesia Ni Cristo is supporting Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte for president and Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos Jr., for vice-president in the May 9 elections,” in an article posted at the http://www.eaglenews.ph/iglesia-to-vote-for-duterte-marcos-on-may-9/.
It revealed that the names of the presidential and vice presidential bets were contained in the sample ballots distributed by INC to its members.
Likewise, included in the ballots are the names of several senatorial candidates namely: Joel Villanueva, Dick Gordon, Franklin Drilon, Risa Hontiveros, Francis Tolentino, Martin Romualdez, Ralph Recto, Manny Pacquiao, Vicente Sotto, Win Gatchalian, Panfilo Lacson and Migz Zubiri.
The articles also noted that top officials of the INC reminded their members to remain united in participating in the upcoming polls.
“In a circular letter read by INC ministers, INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo reminded all the brethren to follow God’s teachings on unity when they go to the polls on May 9,” it added.
Meanwhile, Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai has also decided to endorse Marcos for vice president but has yet to name their choice for president.
According to El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde’s political adviser, Willie Villarama, they are set to announce the presidential bet who will have their support on Saturday.
On the other hand, the group is looking to endorse the following senatorial candidates namely: Raffy Alunan, Leila de Lima, Win Gatchalian, TG Guingona, Manny Pacquiao, Kiko Pangilinan, Ralph Recto, Martin Romualdez, Roman Romulo, Francis Tolentino, Joel Vilanueva, and Migz Zubiri.
The group will be supporting the bid of Buhay party-list. Ferdinand Patinio/ PNA/ northboundasia.com