|by People’s Tonight
Friday, 07 May 2010 20:01
|FIFTY-FOUR Visayas and Mindanao district ministers of the Iglesia ni Cristo have called for a conscience vote over the recent anointment of LP standard bearer Noynoy Aquino.
The move would break the bloc voting history of the Philippine church founded in 1914.
Ministers from Southern Philippines will ask their members to vote according to their conscience and not the recently released list of politicians endorsed by the INC.
A ranking minister representing the INC’s Conference of Southern Philippines said the church is split over the unfair decision of their leader. He said that had a consensus been done, Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo would have favored the candidacy of former Defense Minister Gilberto “Gobo” Teodoro instead.
The INC is divided into 107 ecclesiastical districts that further subdivide into local congregations headed by church ministers.
The Conference of Southern Philippines covers 1.2 million INC members in Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, Central Luzon church elders from Tarlac, in particular, pointed out that the Aquinos have disapproved of Ka Erdie’s (late father of the present church head) vision of an INC chapel in Hacienda Luisita.
A number of those killed and injured in the November 2004 Hacienda Luisita massacre were members of the Iglesia.
The Campaigns & Images Group reports that as many as 54 district leaders of the INC support the candidacy of the ruling party’s presidential bet, Gibo Teodoro, but Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo had called for a bigger advisory assembly that diluted the impact of their position in reaching the final decision.