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Iglesia ni Cristo Endorses Marcos, Duterte for May 9 Polls

The religious group is known for bloc voting.
by Erwin Colcol
May 3, 2022
Photo/s: JAY DIRECTO / AFP
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The bloc-voting Iglesia ni Cristo on Tuesday  endorsed Bongbong Marcos and Sara Duterte-Carpio for president and vice president in the May 9 elections.

Iglesia-run Net 25 television announced the endorsement during its primetime evening newscast, Mata ng Agila.

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For senators, Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed the candidacies of:

  • Jejomar Binay
  • Alan Peter Cayetano
  • JV Ejercito
  • Guillermo Eleazar
  • Chiz Escudero
  • Jinggoy Estrada
  • Sherwin Gatchalian
  • Loren Legarda
  • Robin Padilla
  • Joel Villanueva
  • Mark Villar
  • Migz Zubiri

With an estimated membership of three million in the Philippines and around the world, Iglesia ni Cristo is known for bloc voting, which led many politicians to seek the group's endorsement to boost their chances to win the elections.

In the previous elections, Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed the late President Benigno Aquino III and outgoing President Rodrigo Duterte.

The group also endorsed Marcos for vice president in the 2016 elections, but it failed to secure him enough votes to win the race.

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Marcos launched his campaign for president on Feb. 8 at Philippine Arena owned by Iglesia ni Cristo, but his spokesperson denied that it was tantamount to an endorsement from the religious group at that time.

Apart from Iglesia ni Cristo, Marcos also received the support of Kingdom of Jesus Christ leader Apollo Quiboloy.

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