HOUSE Majority Leader Martin Romualdez of Leyte and Tingog party-list Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez on Wednesday thanked Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for his “kind heart” in serving God and the country with great passion and “malasakit” (compassion).
The Romualdez couple wished long life for Bro. Manalo who celebrates his birthday this Thursday, crediting him for the good character formation of the Filipinos, especially the youth.
Martin said Bro. Manalo will continue to succeed as INC leader in the fulfillment of his aspirations for the Filipinos as one of the country’s moral compasses.
He recalled anew that Bro. Manalo’s has been helping less fortunate people through INC’s spiritual programs, and “malasakit” (compassionate) livelihood and assistance programs.
“We are very blessed because Bro. Manalo has a very kind heart. Happy birthday po, salamat sa inyong malasakit,” said Romualdez.
“You (Bro. Manalo) are always a major part in our quest to achieve social reforms and promoting public welfare through your passion of serving God and country,” Martin said.
“My family is wishing that you will be graced with many more years filled with sound health and happiness for you to continue propagating the spiritual guidance, unity, good news and positive traits in the country being the leader of one of the most powerful and well-respected religious groups in the world. Salamat po sa ‘malasakit’ sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan. Mabuhay po kayo,” said Romualdez.
For her part, Yedda said Filipinos were “so fortunate to have Iglesia ni Cristo which is consistently behind productive endeavors for the poor.”
“Happy birthday INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. We are so blessed that your leadership has been consistently behind humanitarian activities nationwide and some parts of the world,” said Yedda, the chairperson of the House Committee on the Welfare of Children.
The Romualdez couple commended the INC for successfully holding its regular Lingap sa Mamamayan socio-civic “malasakit” (compassionate) program with anti-poverty initiatives.
They also reiterated their heartfelt gratitude to the INC leadership for its assistance to Yolanda survivors, including housing and livelihood projects in Alang-alang, Leyte which is a few kilometers away from the Yolanda hardest-hit Tacloban City.