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Iglesia NI Cristo endorses noynoy aquino and mar roxas – is it worth anything?

this is philippine politics tradition – waiting  for the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s endorsement of who they will be asking their flock to vote in the coming election, for this one, noynoy aquino and mar roxas got INC’s endorsement.

the timing is also perfect – just a few days before election day. this is an excellent boost to name recall and will re-energize the aquino and roxas supporters and campaigners. it’s excellent timing to get an army of supporters going for the kill with just a few days to go.

is there any value to this endorsement?

iglesia has a reported command vote of 3 million to 5 million. we think that is an exaggeration. we also think command votes from religious groups do not really materialize. 

the real value of this endorsement is bragging rights and excellent media mileage, not actual huge numbers of votes. this kind of news is excellent news for the media to write about and for the people to talk about. it is also an excellent topic for the aquino campaign to banner.

we will most likely be reading about this in the next day or two and will get a lot of media interviews for aquino and roxas. this is best used for press interviews but might not be a good idea to talk about it extensively during public meetings as it has the potential to turn off none iglesia members.

certainly this has the potential to tip the scale in favor of aquino from a bragging rights point of view with pastor quiloboy endorsing gilbert teodoro the other day. iglesia is a much larger religious group than the pastor’s.

the key question now will be how will the other campaigns handle the situation? this leaves manny villar in the cold and puts teodoro back down to earth with his lowly 7% rating in the polls.

there is a clear momentum for the aquino campaign now.

  1. kler
    May 5, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    sad to say that the traditional religious sect like inc had never proven from all Philippine elections that it was their followers’ vote that made a politician won whom their sect leader endorsed. before the released of this statement (inc endorsement), i had a conversation with some friends, which are inc followers. whenever i asked them about who among the candidates for president he/she is to vote? their outright answer was…they have not decided yet, since the sect leader from their headquarters had not announced it yet…BUT according to them, who ever their sect leader endorses, it is still up to them, whoever they are going to vote..”Anong malay nila kung sino ang iboboto namin at hindi naman namin kasama sila sa voting center at hindi naman nila nakikita kung sinong kandidato ang isinusulat namin,” sabi ng kaibigan kong inc follower. and privately kept it to themselves whoever they voted for. but affirmed publicly, “kung sino ang inendorse ng aming leader,” I believe that this is just to play safe on the part of my inc friends. This one also is used as a black propaganda campaign and a money-making strategy.

  2. Joel
    May 5, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    Hey kler dont mock our unity, so your friends are INC they should never be, because they dont act one. Dont treat us Iglesia ni Cristo like any of your Church, we are united unlike yours, we dont really care if noynoy wins as long as we have done what we are told to do, that is called faith with no boundaries. Dont ever judge our church because im sure you are no better.

  3. Elmo
    May 5, 2010 at 8:23 pm

    I guess you don’t understand. The inc don’t vote solidly for the candidate to win. That is secondary only. They vote solidly for their unity. It is true that when each of them vote, they are alone in the precinct, but you will be amazed at the rate they follow their unity doctrine. It’s true also about some members not following, but you are lucky to get 5% of them to stray. So for the candidate, it is not a guaranteed win, but imagine securing 2 million votes outright, that is a big advantage.

  4. deony
    May 6, 2010 at 11:48 am


    I will not treat your church otherwise as you declared. OK, it MAY BE true that you are united. I won’t contest that now because that was the doctrine that you believe to be true.

    Stepping aside about your unity issue, let us focus on faith with no boundaries. To each is a gift of uniqueness and free will. Being dictated upon and telling whom you must vote isn’t faith with no boundaries. What is does is grab your unique thought to choose and preventing your free will to decide.

    Some rules on your church are man-made. Toned to keep the flock remain as flocks who eventually feed those in high ranks. And that is the true theme of all HUMAN religion.

    If I am false, then it is high time I become an INC. By the way, I am a man with no faith.

    • DickFace, BayagNi
      May 14, 2010 at 3:47 pm

      You’re obviously false. So what I recommend you to do is to run to an INC chapel near you and ask. Politely.

  5. bugsy
    May 7, 2010 at 1:37 am

    Just clarifications, di ba may namatay na INC memebers sa Luisita Massacre?

    • DickFace, BayagNi
      May 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm

      may namatay o wala…parang wala ka naman yata sa kontexto…next question 😉

  6. May 9, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Ang boto mula Luzon Visayas at Mindanao…sa Election malalaman kung sino ang EDSA..lamang yung may makinarya at may matibay na political endorser sa mga probinsya..Just watch and see who will be the WINNER

  7. May 9, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Oras na po para sa pagbabago! Agahan po natin bukas para suportahan ang ating mga kandidato. Ang mahalaga po ngayon ay piliin natin ang taong matuwid, may takot sa Diyos, may paninindigan at hindi TUTA ng kung sinuman. Bangon Pilipinas!

  8. Aileen
    May 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

    It’s not a command vote, it’s a unity vote and mind you it’s not only 3 to 5 million, it’s up to 10 million worldwide. Actually, we’ve been following these for since 1914 😀 and we’re really united in voting.

  9. joel
    May 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm


    How can i argue with a man with no faith, your missing the whole idea in living. Try to attend Our Worship Services then decide for yourself, god has mercy on people that dont believe in him, that’s why there is an Iglesia ni Cristo. Remember that UNITY is one of the SIGN of the TRUE CHURCH along with many others specifications that you can only find in our church. Think about it.

  10. DickFace, BayagNi
    May 14, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    well if Deony doesn’t want to go, then happy na naman si taning nyan….isang kaluluwa na naman ang matutuhog niya ng tinidor….

  11. DickFace, BayagNi
    May 14, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    dun as nagsulat nitong piece…wawam, right…there are two ways to look at an INC endorsement…from an insider’s or from an outsider’s POV. from an outsider’s POV, 2 pa rin ang POVs — from an observer (sadly, ikaw) and from a participant (kandidato). let’s take the candidate’s POV (cause sadly ulit, you already made your points)…(1) realistic – walang tumakbo na gustong matalo (2) democracy – the more the mandate, the better (3) economics – you don’t need to campaign na for the 1.5-2M na INC members.

    You should have titled this nonsense: Iglesia Ni Cristo endorses Noynoy Aquino and Mar Roxas – What’s its worth?

    BTW, I didn’t finish your article. I came here to cheer my comrades…

  12. DickFace, BayagNi
    May 14, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    oh and one more thing…don’t reply. i use a false email and i would not go back to this blog…at least in this lifetime… 🙂

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