- Senator Bongbong Marcos has confirmed INC’s endorsement of his VP bid
- INC also endorsed the senatorial bid of former MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez
- While INC has yet to reveal its presidential bet to support, speculations are high the religious group will eventually endorse Mayor Duterte
MANILA, Philippines – Senator Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos has secured the endorsement of the influential religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) which is known for its block voting during elections. INC’s support has been officially confirmed by the senator’s camp to a major daily broadsheet.
No less than Marcos himself confirmed the INC’s support of his vice presidential bid, saying he was informed of the indigenous’ church decision on Tuesday, April 26.
Earlier, there were speculations that INC is likely to endorse Marcos owing to the church’s long relationship with his father, the late strongman Ferdinand Marcos Sr., which dates back to the 1960s.
At the height of the 1986 EDSA People Power, INC decided to stick with the former dictator who was eventually toppled in the historic bloodless revolution.
Marcos was summoned by the INC leadership last week to inform him of the church’s decision, but the vice presidential frontrunner chose to keep mum until this week.
On Thursday, he finally confirmed INC’s endorsement of his Malacañang bid, which is widely seen as major boost to his candidacy.
The INC has an estimated voting strength of 1.7-million, a potential number which is more than enough for a national candidate to win an election.
Marcos is currently on top of the latest Pulse Asia survey with a slim lead over closest rival Camarines Sur Rep. Leni Robredo of the Liberal Party (LP). (Click here to read more)