PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) President Martin Romualdez, Tingog party-list first nominee Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Romualdez Marcos yesterday thanked the influential and well-respected Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) led by Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for endorsing their candidacies.
The INC endorsed Martin Romualdez for the first congressional district of Leyte, Tingog party-list led by Yedda Romualdez, and Marcos’ senatorial bid.
The Romualdez couple and Marcos credited INC’s support for their past electoral victories and vowed to continue their good brand of “malasakit” (compassionate) service and performance in serving the electorate.
“I expressed my gratitude to the well-respected Iglesia Ni Cristo and Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for the endorsement extended to my candidacy and all the support given to me through the years. This will inspire me more to serve the people through my malasakit advocacy,” said Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).
“The support of Iglesia Ni Cristo is very significant and will give huge votes for the Tingog party-list. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” said Yedda Romualdez, chairperson of the House committee on accounts and Leyte’s first district congresswoman.
“We will work harder to show that we are worthy of Iglesia Ni Cristo’s endorsement by fulfilling our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos better economy and better lives. Our commitment is to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through more funding for education, health and other social services,” said Yedda Romualdez, a registered nurse and vice chairperson of the House committee on government reorganization.
Tingog party-list other nominees include Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu, and Jennifer C. Padual.
Martin Romualdez reiterated their support for the continued success of INC as one of the country’s moral compasses.
“We will always solidly stand for Iglesia Ni Cristo’s pursuit of helping the less fortunate people through its spiritual programs and malasakit (compassionate) livelihood and assistance programs,” said Martin Romualdez.
Yedda Romualdez said INC has been “responsible for helping the character formation of the Filipinos, especially the youth in nation-building.
The Romualdez couple whose district covers Tacloban City or the hardest-Yolanda hit area, also expressed their heartfelt appreciation anew to the INC for religious organization’s humanitarian projects for the victims of super typhoon ‘Yolanda.
“What is admirable with the INC is that it is only one group and yet, they took on several projects which address major needs of ‘Yolanda’ survivors like shelter, jobs and food. Salamat po sa malasakit INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo,” they said.
“This world class initiative has shown the whole world that ‘bayanihan’ spirit is doing great and alive here in our country and our people will forever remember this,” they added.