Aquino thanks, woos INC for Mar

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President Benigno Aquino 3rd on Monday met with Iglesia ni Cristo (INC or Church of Christ) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo to thank the religious group’s support to his administration and seeks its endorsement for the administration candidates Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd and Leni Robredo.

Aquino paid a courtesy call on Manalo at the INC Central Office in Quezon City on Monday morning, a week before the presidential elections.

“I asked for the meeting. I thanked him for the support he and his brethren have extended to us. I enumerated the gains under daang matuwid [straight path]. I expressed the hope that these gains will not only be continued but built upon in the future,” the President said in a statement.

“Talaga namang nadama natin ang suporta throughout the administration and even before I have been in office [We have truly felt the support of the INC throughout my administration and even before I have been in office],” the President told INC media after the meeting.


Aquino, who was endorsed by the INC during the 2010 elections, said he also shared with Manalo his vision for the Philippines after he steps down from office.

The President added that he made “political appeals” but did not elaborate.

“As usual, maganda ang pagkatanggap sa atin ni Ka Eduardo [I was received well by Brother Eduardo], I have no complaints but to say thanks for all the support,” he said.

When asked for his thoughts on the elections, Aquino replied that he hopes Filipinos will choose to continue with his administration’s straight path principles and programs.
[In our view, you have proof. Hat we call straight path, it’s up to you to continue and strengthen it],” he said.

“So, ang dulo, parati naming sinasabi, boss namin ang taong bayan. Hintayin namin ang hatol ng taong bayan kung ano ang gusto ng mga boss natin [In the end, like we always say, the people are our bosses. We will wait for the judgment of the people],” Aquino added.

Members of the INC are known to practice bloc voting, making their support crucial for a candidate’s victory.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, Sen. Grace Poe and Roxas have also met with INC officials.

Early this month, Poe said she met with an official of the influential group.

She, however, pointed out that she did not directly ask for the support of the Iglesia ni Cristo.

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  1. You know what, if BSA has the guts and gulls to thank and solicit support from INC. (let me remind you) this is not about religion but the act of BSA–how about the other religion, how about the other christian and muslims, how about the RC (dominant religion)–this is truly “divisive”–would the other groups “felt slighted” of this latest booboo of the president–where on earth does this thing happened –only in Philippines. How can Filipinos be united?

  2. Strange how BSAquino is campaigning for himself with Roxas. He is suppose to be a President of the Whole Philippines . If he believes in Democracy , he should not be soliciting around for votes for his dummy Roxas. This BSAquino is a COWARD !

    Let us be reminded of the Brave Man that Died for our Country during the Mammassapano and still without Justice !
    Our Chief Justice Corona driven to his death with a Farce Trial initiated by BSAquino selfish control of Justicial power.
    And just to name of few , MRT mess YOLANDA victims .DAP etc……

    NO TO ROXAS ! – Dummy of BSAquino
    NO TO POE ! Liar and Traitor and No experience to governance . She pledged allegiance to 2 flags . She cannot serve 2 masters .

    YES TO BINAY OR DUTERTE !
    I WISH FOR MIRIAM SANTIAGO TO BE CURED AND BACK IN THE SENATE . SHE IS A GOOD WOMAN! .

  3. DAANG MATUWID ?

    Matuwid ba ang pagpatay sa mga taong nagugutom , sa Kidapawan , na humihingi ng tulong ?

    Matuwid ba ang pagpatay sa mga magsasaka sa “Hacienda Luisita” na hinihingi ang karapatan nila sa lupa ?

    Matuwid ba ang tuloy-tuloy na pag-aangkin sa “Hacienda Luisita” na matagal na sanang naipamigay sa mga mahihirap na magsasaka doon ?

    Matuwid ba ang pag-suhol ng isang Presidente sa mga Senadores ng limpak-limpak na salapi upang mapatalsik niya ang isang taong gustong ipamigay ang “Hacienda Luisita” sa mga magsasaka , ayon sa batas ?… [Sumalangit nawa ang mga kaluluwa nina dating Huwes Renato Corona at dating Pres. Cory Aquino … ano kaya ang pinag-uusapan nila ngayon , politica pa rin kaya O nagsi-sisi na sa pagiging materyoso sa balat ng lupa ?]

    Matuwid ba ang pag-iisip ng isang Presidente na pag-ibinoto ng kanyang “Mga Boss” ang taong kanyang pinag-tutuonan ng masidhing galit , ay hihikayatin niya ang mga ito upang mag-alsa ?

    Matuwid ba ang pag-iisip ng isang Presidente na palagi na lang nag-hahanap ng masi-sisi sa mga problemang kanyang hinaharap … imbes na pag-isipan ang mga solusiyon ?

    Sa aking pagmu-muni-muni … marami pang katanungan sa aking nagugulahang isipan kung “daang matuwid” nga , ang pamamalakad ng mag-inang Aquino !

    Mga kababayan , bahala na kayong mag-isip kung sino ang nararapat ninyong iboto pagdating ng Mayo 9 , 2016 … sana naman , huwag na tayong pada-dala sa kagustuhan ng mga namumuno ng ating relihiyon … GAMITIN NATIN ANG MGA SARILING PAG_IISIP .