THE influential religious group Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has endorsed senatorial bet Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and vice presidential candidate Sen. Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.
The INC, the second largest religious group in the country, has been known for its bloc voting with an estimated two million registered voters nationwide.
Well-placed sources said the INC has requested its members nationwide to campaign for Romualdez and Marcos.
"The INC believes in their platforms of government. The INC also believes that they (Romualdez and Marcos) will be good and better national leaders of the country," the source said.
Romualdez and Marcos' names will be included in the “sample ballots” that will be distributed in INC's chapels throughout the country.
The source said INC’s endorsement of Romualdez and Marcos came ahead of all other candidates to allow its faithful to already campaign for both candidates.
The same source added that INC members have started posting on social media the names of Romualdez and Marcos.
Romualdez said he will confirm the veracity of what he described as "good news."
“This is a huge and very good news. I will verify the information. But my commitment is I will not disappoint them for I will do everything to be worthy of the trust and confidence they will give me,” said Romualdez.
It was learned that the INC services for the last two weeks have focused on the dictum “Vox populi, vox Dei.”
The religious group headed by Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo is expected to release the sample ballots containing the list of local and national candidates after each religious service either on Wednesday or Saturday.
Romualdez has consistently been between 10th and 14th place in various poll surveys.
In recent national surveys conducted by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) and the Pulse Asia, Marcos and Liberal Party (LP) vice presidential bet Rep. Leni Robredo are on a neck-and-neck contest, with the former maintaining a slim lead.
It is believed that the INC support could spell the difference between the two vice presidential frontrunners on May 9.