A few days before elections, PNOY visited Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo Manalo in Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City.
With the risk of looking like a bid for endorsement, President Benigno Aquino III said that he visited Ka Eduardo to thank the latter for his support to the administration.
"As usual, maganda ang pagkatanggap sa atin ni Ka Eduardo, I have no complaints but to say thanks for all the support," he recalled to NET 25.
(As usual, we were well-received by Ka Eduardo. I have no complaints but to say thanks for all the support)
INC, known for its bloc voting, has supported the bid of the President Aquino, as well his two predecessors President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and President Joseph Estrada.
PNOY said he and Manalo talked about their expectations after the president steps down from office.
Presidential and vice presidential candidates have been wooing the religious organization for its endorsement, which could translate to over 1.8 million votes according to a Pulse Asia report citing its 2013 data.
A viral letter, which claims to be an endorsement for current polls frontrunner Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, has recently been disowned by INC.
In 2015, Iglesia Ni Cristo was the spotlight of controversy as the Department of Justice investigated allegations of illegal detention and corruption within the organization's ranks.
However, what fanned the flame was the rally organized outside the office of the Department of Justice, along Padre Faura street in Manila. Thousands of INC members flocked in the street, causing massive traffic as the members cry for the separation between church and state.
In response to this, the government maintained that a crime taking place within the borders of the church does not merit an exclusion from the eyes of the law.
“If the investigation shows there is enough evidence to pursue the case, definitely the DOJ should file the case in court. That is the mandate of the DOJ,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said in 2015.