MANILA, Philippines - It's confirmed. The Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) religious sect is endorsing 7 Team PNoy and 5 United Nationalist Alliance senatorial candidates for the May 13 polls.
Meantime, Evangelist Pastor Apollo Quiboloy of the Jesus Christ The Name Above Every Name congregation endorsed six senatorial candidates of Team PNoy, five Senate bets of UNA and one independent bet.
The INC is endorsing Aurora Rep. Sonny Angara, President Aquino’s cousin Bam Aquino, former Las Piñas Rep. Cynthia Villar, Grace Poe and re-electionist Senators Loren Legarda, Alan Cayetano and Antonio Trillanes, all from Team PNoy.
The religious sect is also endorsing Vice President Jejomar Binay’s daughter Nancy, former senator Richard Gordon, San Juan Rep. JV Ejercito, Cagayan Rep. Jack Enrile, and re-electionist Sen. Gregorio Honasan.
The list of senators to be endorsed by the INC was leaked earlier this week. INC insiders revealed the ministers did not make any formal announcement during their weekly worship, but a separate source said the sample ballots were farmed out late Wednesday to local churches all over the country.
Meanwhile, Quiboloy announced in Davao City that he is endorsing re-electionist Senators Legarda and Francis Escudero, Aquino, Villar, Angara and Poe of Team PNoy.
Those from UNA that Quiboloy picked were former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, Ejercito, Enrile, Gordon and Binay.
Quiboloy also expressed support for independent Senate bet Palawan City Mayor Edward Hagedorn.
The INC also released the list of seven party-list groups it is supporting.
They are: Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac), Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay), Arts Business and Science Professionals (ABS), Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE), Anti-Crime and Terrorism thru Community Involvement & Support (ACT-CIS), the Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty (1-SAGIP) and Aagapay sa Matatanda (AMA). With The Philippine Star