Binay meets with INC leader, seeks help


MANILA - Vice President Jejomar Binay on Thursday met with Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo to seek the influential religious group's endorsement in the May 9 elections.

The United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) standard-bearer paid a courtesy call on Manalo at the INC Central Office in Quezon City this morning, according to a report by Eagle News Service.

A video posted by Eagle News Service also showed Binay taking a bow before Manalo while shaking the church leader's hand.

"Humingi po ako ng tulong. Dumudulog po ako rito na sana ay masuportahan ako ng kapatiran," the report quoted Binay as saying in an interview after their meeting.

Binay met with Manalo at the Bulwagan, where the INC Executive Minister on Tuesday also welcomed another presidential hopeful, Liberal Party (LP) candidate Mar Roxas.

Early this month, Senator Grace Poe revealed that she met with an official of the influential INC. She, however, stressed that she did not directly ask for support in the upcoming national polls.

READ: Poe says no commitment yet from INC

Members of the INC are known to practice bloc voting during elections, which means that they all vote for candidates chosen by church leaders.

Their support, therefore, could be crucial in a close race.

In the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia from April 5 to 10, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte remained in the lead with 32% voter support, followed by Poe with 25%.

Binay and Roxas were in a statistical tie at third place with 20% and 18%, respectively. Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago came in at last place with 1%

READ: Duterte extends lead in latest ABS-CBN survey