The Iglesia ni Cristo has thrown its support behind the candidacies of Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. for president and vice president, respectively.
Duterte and Marcos’ names were indicated in the leaked copy of a sample ballot that is set to be distributed to members of the influential religious sect Wednesday (May 4).
Politiko earlier reported that INC’s top honcho, Executive Minister Ka Eduardo Manalo, chose to support Duterte among the five presidential bets because of his popularity and enduring lead in the surveys.
Manalo reportedly made up his mind even before President Benigno Aquino III made a surprise visit to INC’s central office in Quezon City on May 2 to make some “political appeals.”
The endorsement of the INC is much coveted because the group votes as a bloc during the elections. An estimated 1.7 million voters are members of the religious sect.