Iglesia ni Cristo backs BBM-SARA UniTeam

By Franco Jose C. Baroña, TMT, May 3, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — THE Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) officially endorsed on Tuesday the candidacies of former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. for president and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio for vice president in the May 9 elections.

For senator, the INC endorsed the candidacies of former vice president Jejomar "Jojo" Binay, former Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano, Joseph Victor "JV" Ejercito, Gen. Guillermo Eleazar, Sorsogon Gov. Francis "Chiz" Escudero, Jose "Jinggoy" Ejercito Jr., Sen. Sherwin "Win" Gatchalian, Antique Rep. Lorna Regina "Loren" Legarda, Robinhood Ferdinand "Robin" Padilla, Sen. Joel Villanueva, former Public Works and Highways secretary Mark Villar, and Sen. Juan Miguel "Migz" Zubiri.

Since its establishment in 1914, the INC has been active in national and local politics. Political candidates traditionally seek the endorsement of the INC due to its practice of bloc voting during elections.

 

The church supported the presidential candidacy of Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino 3rd in 2010. In 2016, the INC endorsed the candidacies of President Rodrigo Duterte and Marcos, who were then running for the vice presidency.

he INC also endorsed former president Ferdinand E. Marcos Sr., during the 1965, 1969, 1981 and 1986 elections.

The church has an estimated 2 million members worldwide. It was founded in Manila by Felix Manalo. The present executive minister, Eduardo Manalo, is Felix's grandson.