May 2, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – Presidential candidate Miriam Defensor-Santiago met with Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) executive minister Eduardo Manalo last Wednesday.
This was a day after her running mate, Senator Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., was invited for an early morning meeting with the INC leader.
Santiago was the last presidential candidate to visit Manalo at the INC central office along Commonwealth Avenue in Quezon City.
Senator Grace Poe and running mate Senator Francis Escudero met the INC leader on April 25.
Vice President Jejomar Binay, Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, and Liberal Party standard-bearer Mar Roxas, on the other hand, paid a courtesy call to Manalo two weeks ago.
Politicians regularly troop to the INC to seek the support of the influential religious group, whose more than two million members, are said to vote in a bloc based on the advice of the church’s top leaders.
Santiago has not been very active in her campaign.
She took a long break in March when she participated in a drug trial of a cancer-fighting medicine abroad.
She only returned to the campaign trail early last month.
Santiago, at the bottom of pre-election surveys, has been more visible in universities for speaking engagements.
Last presidential debate, she said she had no plan to withdraw from the race. – RBA