El Shaddai, a Catholic charismatic group, announced on Friday that it is supporting presidential aspirant and Vice President Jejomar Binay and Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos for vice president over the religious group’s radio station dwXI.
The group has chosen them based on the internal surveys they made which was conducted nationwide.
"Mga kapatid, ito po ay galing sa ating mahal na pinuno. Ito ay galing sa ating internal survey. Ating iginagalang ang pinili ng karamihan at ito na ang ating pagkakaisahang iboto sa Lunes, May 9, 2016," radio anchors Raffy delos Reyes and Rey Vargas broadcasted.
The group also supports the following senatorial candidates: Former Interior and Local Government Secretary Rafael Alunan III, Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao, Sen. Teofisto "TG" Guingona Jr, Former Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, Valenzuela Rep. Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian, Former Sen. Francis "Kiko" Pangilinan, Former Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri, Former Technical Skills Education and Development Administration Director-General Joel Villanueva, Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, Sen. Ralph Recto, Pasig Rep. Roman Romulo, and Former Metro Manila Metropolitan Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino.
Reyes and Vargas also said that the group's leader, Bro. Mike Velarde, is not dictating on the members to vote based on their endorsements.
"Napakaganda nitong ating napili dahil napili natin ito. Uulitin ko, hindi tayo diniktahan ng ating mahal na punong lingkod kung hindi itong ating sinasabi ay bunga at epekto o resulta ng ating internal survey," they said.
Meanwhile, Binay is grateful for the support given him by the El Shaddai members.
In a press statement, he said, “I am grateful and humbled by the endorsement of the members of El Shaddai and to Bro. Mike Velarde for giving me the opportunity to speak before his congregation.”
"I speak of a choice between good and evil. I speak of a choice between those who advocate life and those who promote death," he said.
"What we need is compassion and a genuine dedication to put an end to poverty. And we do not end poverty by killing the poor. We end poverty by giving them jobs, food, shelter and dignity," Binay added.