THE powerful Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has endorsed the Senate bid of three-term senator Loren Legarda and 11 other aspiring senators in the coming May 9, 2022 elections.
Aside from Legarda, the influential religious group known for block voting also endorsed the candidacies of the following in alphabetical order: former Vice President Jejomar Binay, Taguig Representative Alan Peter Cayetano, former senator JV Ejercito, former Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar, Sorsogon Governor Francis Escudero, former senator Jinggoy Estrada, Senator Sherwin Gatchalian, Senator Loren Legarda, action star Robin Padilla, Senator Joel Villanueva; former public works secretary Mark Villar, and Senator Juan Miguel Zubiri.
The announcement was aired on Iglesia ni Cristo's TV channel Net 25.
"Lubos po ang aking pasasalamat sa napakalaking karangalang mapabilang sa labindalawang kandidato para senador na susuportahan ng Iglesia Ni Cristo. Kapag muling nahalal sa Senado, tutumbasan ko po ng sipag at buong pusong paglilingkod ang tiwalang ipinagkaloob ng kapatirang Iglesia Ni Cristo sa pangunguna ng tagapamahalang pangkalahatan kapatid Eduardo V. Manalo," Legarda said.
Aside from INC, Legarda also secured the endorsement of the influential Catholic charismatic group El Shaddai.
She was also among the select candidates personally endorsed by President Rodrigo Duterte and other local leaders throughout the Philippines.
A senatorial bet of the Nationalist People's Coalition, Legarda is running on a platform that includes her long-time advocacies on environmental protection and climate change adaptation, employment and livelihood creation, health and education, among others.
A champion of the environment, she promised to push legislative measures to strengthen the nation's disaster and calamity preparedness to prevent the extent of damages seen during Typhoons Ondoy, Yolanda and Odette.
Legarda is the representative of Antique and is a current deputy speaker of the House of Representatives. (PR)