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All the presidential candidates endorsed by Iglesia Ni Cristo and those who won (and lost) the election

All the presidential candidates endorsed by Iglesia Ni Cristo and those who won (and lost) the election

When it comes to seating electoral candidates, the Iglesia Ni Cristo bloc voting wields enormous power, which is why candidates from the barangay level up to the national level seek the INC’s endorsement and support.

From 1935 to the 2016 election, the INC endorsed and supported the following presidential candidates. As of this writing, no presidential candidates have been officially announced by INC as their chosen candidate for the 2022 election.

1935 and 1941 – Manuel Quezon was endorsed by Iglesia ni Cristo in 1935 and 1941. In the 1935 election, Quezon defeated former President Emilio Aguinaldo.

1944 – There is no information who INC supported in this election won by Sergio Osmeña.

1946 – The INC backed Manuel Roxas in his victory over former President Sergio Osmeña.

1948 – INC supported Jose Avelino, who was defeated in the 1948 election by Elpidio Quirino, who also defeated former President Jose P. Laurel.

1953 – President-elect Ramon Magsaysay has not publicly accepted the INC’s endorsement, but has been a staunch supporter of INC founder Felix Manalo until his death.

1957 – There is no information on who the INC endorsed. This election was won by Carlos P. Garcia.

1961 – The INC backed Diosdado Macapagal, but the former president who won the election in 1961 refused the endorsement.

1965, 1969, 1981, 1986 – From 1965 to 1986, INC was a staunch supporter of former President Ferdinand E. Marcos.

1992 – The church backed Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, Jr., who lost the 1992 election to Fidel V. Ramos.

1998 – Former Vice President Joseph Estrada won the 1998 election thanks to the bloc voting of the INC.

2001 – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo became the 14th President of the Philippines as a result of the EDSA Dos political protest, which peacefully overthrew President Joseph Estrada’s government, which was backed by the INC.

2004 – The INC backed incumbent President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, who defeated actor Fernando Poe, Jr., Ping Lacson, Raul Roco, and religious leader Eddie Villanueva in the election.

May 10, 2010 – Iglesia ni Cristo endorsed the Liberal Party’s nominees, Sen. Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III and Sen. Mar Roxas. Gibo Teodoro, Eddie Villanueva, and Dick Gordon were defeated by Aquino.

May 9, 2016 On May 4, the INC leadership announced their endorsed candidates, then-Mayor Rodrigo Roa Duterte and Bongbong Marcos. The endorsement, according to Duterte’s campaign, is a “significant boost.” Duterte won the election, while Marcos, Jr. was defeated by Congresswoman Leni Robredo in a contentious election fraud scandal.

May 9, 2022 – On May 3, 2022, the Iglesia Ni Cristo officially endorsed Bongbong Marcos, Jr. and Sara Duterte-Carpio as their candidates for the May 9 national election. The announcement was aired on the Iglesia ni Cristo’s Net 25.

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4 thoughts on “All the presidential candidates endorsed by Iglesia Ni Cristo and those who won (and lost) the election

  1. You wrote “contentious election fraud scandal” regarding the 2016 VP results when Marcos Jr’s electoral protests have been UNANIMOUSLY dismissed by DUTERTE-APPOINTED Supreme Court Justices THREE TIMES. Are you saying that the Duterte Administration is dirty? To anyone reading this, don’t be swayed by this obviously biased article.

    1. “contentious election fraud scandal” bwahaha. Only for the bbm supporters. Dapat nilagay din “INC was a staunch supporter of former Corrupt Dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos.”

  2. wrong…the decision was left in the hands of aquino appointee – Leonen which took him the ENTIRE CONTESTED period to come up with a decision.

    Dapat, decision should be within 360 days, or else the dispute shall be in favor of the Plaintiff…. this will prevent sitting on a complaint until it has become moot and academic.

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