Lucena City: After reportedly getting the support of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), another religious group—the influential Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai of Bro. Mike Velarde — has endorsed the vice presidential bid of Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr.
Velarde was to make the formal announcement on Saturday evening during the group’s prayer meeting at Amvel compound in Parañaque City.
But yesterday morning, Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said he was personally rooting for Marcos.
Atienza confirmed that Velarde was to make a special announcement yesterday evening.
Buhay is the party-list group founded by the El Shaddai leader. It has an estimated eight million active in the country and abroad.
On Friday, reports of INC’s endorsement of Marcos went viral on social media. The report was neither confirmed nor denied by the INC leadership.
The INC, which is known to vote as a bloc, has at least two million members.