The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) announced that they have not yet endorsed any vice presidential candidate for the upcoming May 9 elections.
However, this is contrary to what Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr. said Friday morning, which he took back later in the afternoon.
Marcos’ first statement said that the religious group has informed him of their decision Tuesday this week. He even posted the said statemtn to his social media account.
According to Marcos, it is the long relationship INC shard with his father that contributed to the sect declaring his support for him.
However, INC did not confirm the claim. INC spokesperson Edwil Zabala also did not denied reports of the religious sect’s chosen vice presidential and presidential candidates.
“As of now we have not officially endorsed any candidate. Our leaders may have chosen candidates for the INC members to support but we have not announced any names yet,” Zabala said in a phone interview.
This prompted the Marcos camp to retract their earlier statement. According to them, the senator misquoted during a sortie in Daet, Camarines Sur, on Friday.
This is what Marcos supposedly said: “As far as I know there is no official statement from the INC so I cannot confirm. But I thank all those supporting me…Unfortunately on the specifics about the Iglesia ni Cristo they have not yet issued an official endorsement.”
Furthermore, reports have it that INC has also endorse senatorial aspirants former MMDA chief Francis Tolentino and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez. However, no presidential aspirant has received their endorsement as of present.
Presidential candidates Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Vice President Jejomar Binay, Sen. Grace Poe and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas have already met with INC leaders in hopes that one of them will get sect’s bloc vote.
INC has an estimated 1.6 million command votes.