A member of the influential Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) said the church leadership has called vice-presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos, Jr. to tell him that he is their choice for the number two position for the May 9 elections.
The decision to go for Bongbong Marcos was not difficult for the INC leadership because aside from the family friendship, Marcos is leading the vice-presidential race. Winnability is a major factor in the decision of the INC who to endorse.
In a close contest, which is what the May 9 elections is turning out to be, the INC vote is crucial.
Mangahas said: ..” the proportionate strength of INC voters was about four and one-fourth percent of the electorate in 2010. My guess is that it will be the same in 2016. Assuming population growth of 2 percent per year, a number of 1.5 million votes in May 2010 would become 1.7 million votes by May 2016. This does not allow for either conversions to INC or withdrawals from INC. So I think that the claim of 2.0 million INC votes for 2016 is an overstatement.”