DAET CITY, Camarines Norte — Vice presidential candidate Senator Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. said he would be thankful to the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) if it decides to support his candidacy in the May elections.
“Magpapasalamat ako kung iyan nga ang pasya ng ating mga kapatid sa Iglesia Ni Cristo. Matagal na panahon na rin na nagkakaisa kami para sa isang buo at progresibong bansa na siya ring inihahain natin sa buong sambayanan,” he said in a press briefing in Daet, Camarines Norte, during his visit at the Bicol province on Friday.
Marcos also revealed the ties between their family and influential religious group.
“Alam natin na matagal na ang pagtutulungan ng pamilyang Marcos at INC, buong career ng aking ama sila ay very supportive, sila ay sinusuportahan ng Marcos family dahil ginagampanan nila ang paggabay sa ating mga kababayan,” he added.
The INC is known to be practicing block voting.
With this, the lawmaker noted that he would also thank other religious groups that would embrace him and backed his vice presidential bid.
“Magpapasalamat ako kung sakaling yayakapin din ito ng mga iba nating kababayan, Kristiyano man o Muslim o may iba pang pananampalataya. Ang tawag at hamon ng panahon sa ating lahat ay magkaisa,” he said.
Meanwhile, Marcos has met with several mayors of Camarines Norte during a dialogue with Bagasbas Lighthouse Hotel in Daet City.
The incumbent local government officials were: San Vicente Mayor Francis Ong, Basud Mayor Dominador Davocol Jr., Paracale Mayor Edgar Alcala, Talisay Mayor Ronnie Magana, Mercedes Mayor Alex Pajarillo, Vinzons Mayor Jose Segundo and Santa Elena Mayor Dina Borja
Also present during the meeting were Capalonga mayoral candidate Vice Mayor Mariano Arguelles, Daet City mayoral candidate Benito Ochoa and Vice Gov. Jonah Pedro Pimentel.
After the dialogue, Marcos had a closed door meeting with Gov. Edgardo Tallado.
The senator also attended a rally at the city center arranged by gubernatorial candidate Jesus Typoco.
Marcos’ four rivals in the vice presidential post are from Bicol namely: Senators Gringo Honasan and Chiz Escudero who are both from Sorsogon; Senator Antonio Trillanes IV is from Albay and Rep Leni Robredo hails from Camarines Sur. PNA/northboundasia.com