(Eagle News) – Another presidential aspirant visited the Iglesia Ni Cristo Central Office in Diliman, Quezon City to make a courtesy call to the INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo.
Davao City mayor Rodrigo Duterte sought the INC’s endorsement on Friday morning, April 22, when he met Brother Eduardo at the INC’s Bulwagan room where two other presidential aspirants earlier made separate courtesy calls.
Duterte made his visit a day after Vice-President Jejomar Binay met with the INC Executive Minister. Before this, on Tuesday, April 19, Liberal Party standard bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas II, accompanied by his wife broadcaster Korina Sanchez, also made a courtesy call to Brother Eduardo
Duterte said that as a politician, he needed the endorsement of the Iglesia Ni Cristo whose members vote as one during elections in adherence to the biblical doctrine on unity.
In an interview after the courtesy call, the Davao City mayor said he presented to the INC leader his “doable” programs that he will implement if he is elected as President.
He said that his discussion centered on corruption, illegal drugs, criminality, food security, El Nino and economic development.
Duterte said he believes whatever would be the INC’s choice would be for the country’s good.
“Because the faithful believe in the decision of the elders, and the elders naman decide on what is good for the country. They will never decide on what is bad for the country, so mahalaga para sa akin (this is important for me),” he said.
Aside from Duterte, two more senatorial aspirants – namely Philippine Red Cross chairman and former senator Richard Gordon and Grecco Belgica — also visited the INC Central office that day.