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Like in the previous local and national elections, Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has chosen their candidates for the May 9, 2022 elections.
INC on Tuesday evening, May 3 officially announced their support to presidential bet Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. and his running mate Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio.
The religious group, known for bloc voting, also endorsed 12 aspiring senators, as follows:
Former Vice President Jejomar Binay
Former House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano
Former Senator JV Ejercito
Former PNP Chief Guillermo Eleazar
Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero
Former Senator Jinggoy Estrada
Senator Sherwin Gatchalian
Antique Representative Loren Legarda
Actor Robin Padilla
Senator Joel Villanueva
Former DPWH Secretary Mark Villar
Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri
In a statement, Marcos Jr. said his camp was "very happy and wholeheartedly grateful" for the INC’s endorsement.
"We will strive that the trust granted by the Iglesia Ni Cristo fraternity will result in the true unity of Filipinos who love the Philippines and will undoubtedly face the challenges that will come together in preparing for a better tomorrow for our youth," the Partido Federal standard-bearer said.
To recall, INC also supported the presidential candidacy of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in 2010 and the candidacies of President Rodrigo Duterte and then-VP bet Marcos Jr., in 2016.
Moreover, the church endorsed former president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr. during the 1965, 1969, 1981, and 1986 elections.
INC, which was founded in Manila by Felix Manalo in 1974, has an estimated 2 million members worldwide.