Philippine Constitution Association president Martin Romualdez, Tingog party-list first nominee Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt Romualdez, and Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Romualdez Marcos on Wednesday thanked the Iglesia ni Cristo, led by Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, for endorsing their candidacies.
The INC endorsed Martin Romualdez in the first congressional district of Leyte, Tingog party-list led by Yedda Romualdez, and Marcos’ senatorial bid.
The Romualdez couple and Marcos credited INC’s support in their past electoral victories, vowing to continue their good brand of public service with a heart and performance in serving the electorate.
“I expressed my gratitude to the well-respected Iglesia Ni Cristo and Brother Eduardo V. Manalo for the endorsement extended to my candidacy and all the support given to me through the years. This will inspire me more to serve the people through my ‘malasakit’ advocacy,” said Martin Romualdez, a lawyer and president of the Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats.
“The support of the Iglesia Ni Cristo is very significant and will give huge votes for the Tingog party-list. From the bottom of my heart, thank you,” said Yedda Romualdez, the chairman of the House committee on accounts and Leyte’s first district congresswoman.
“We will work harder to show that we are worthy of Iglesia Ni Cristo’s endorsement by fulfilling our duties and responsibilities to provide Filipinos a better economy and better lives,” said Yedda Romualdez, vice chairman of the House committee on government reorganization.
“Our commitment is to ensure that people who are less in life would enjoy more government malasakit under President Rodrigo Duterte through more funding for education, health, and other social services.”
Tingog party-list’s other nominees include Jude A. Acidre, Jamie J. Go, Alexis V. Yu and Jennifer C. Padual.
Martin Romualdez reiterated their support for the continued success of the INC as one of the country’s moral compasses.
“We will always solidly stand for the Iglesia Ni Cristo’s pursuit of helping the less fortunate people through its spiritual programs and malasakit [compassionate] livelihood and assistance programs,” said Martin Romualdez.
Yedda Romualdez said the INC had been “responsible for helping the character formation of the Filipinos, especially the youth, in nation-building.
The Romualdez couple, whose district covers Tacloban City or the hardest Yolanda-hit area, also again expressed their appreciation to the INC for its humanitarian projects for the victims of super typhoon “Yolanda.”
“What is admirable with the INC is that it is only one group and yet, they took on several projects which address the major needs of the “Yolanda” survivors like shelter, jobs, and food. Salamat po sa malasakit, INC Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo,” the couple said.