How much pull is an INC endorsement?

  • Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

    Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

    Reuters
    Philippines, Japan coast guards hold anti-piracy drills

    Philippine and Japanese coast guard teams staged an anti-piracy drill on Wednesday, featuring the storming of a cargo vessel after a mock hijack, in a show of maritime cooperation between the two nations amid rising tension in Asian waters. Both nations face a challenge from China's growing assertiveness over territorial claims in the South China Sea and the East China Sea, where it uses coast guard and fishing vessels to press into disputed areas. Wednesday's drill was the first held by …

  • Philippines' largest telco sees costly, painful fight

    Philippines' largest telco sees costly, painful fight

    AFP News
    Philippines' largest telco sees costly, painful fight

    Philippine Long Distance Telephone, the country's largest telecommunications firm, said Tuesday it expects to spend nearly $1 billion in a "painful" fight to survive the consumer shift to digital from traditional phone services. The listed company said net profit for the first three months of the year was flat at 9.4 billion pesos ($211 million), and the full-year net profit would likely fall below the 34.1 billion pesos it posted last year. "It's either we pivot or we perish," PLDT chairman …

  • Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military

    Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military

    AFP News
    Filipino on US most wanted list killed: rebels, military

    A Filipino on the United States' list of most wanted "terrorists" has been killed in a firefight in the southern Philippines, Muslim rebel leaders and the military said Monday. Abdul Basit Usman was killed in a remote mountainous area while being escorted by members of the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), the nation's biggest rebel group, its vice chairman Ghazali Jaafar said. Security forces had been hunting Usman since he escaped from a January police raid that killed Malaysian …

  • Anacor reports 1Q loss

    Associated Press

    The Palo Alto, California-based company said it had a loss of 30 cents per share. The results beat Wall Street expectations. The average estimate of three analysts surveyed by Zacks Investment Research ... …

  • Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts on record quarterly sales

    Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts on record quarterly sales

    Associated Press
    Tesla beats Wall Street forecasts on record quarterly sales

    Electric car maker Tesla Motors delivered a quarterly record of 10,045 cars in the first quarter, and its results beat Wall Street's expectations despite investment in new products and factory capacity ... …

Commentary

INC temple

By Ellen Tordesillas

Iglesia ni Cristo’s list of senatorial candidates to be endorsed is interesting and intriguing.

Crossing party lines, INC’s list includes seven from Team PNoy (Sonny Angara,Bam Aquino,Alan Peter Cayetano,Grace Poe,Loren Legarda,Antonio Trillanes, and Cynthia Villar) and five from United Nationalist Alliance (JV Ejercito,Richard Gordon,Nancy Binay,Gringo Honasan and Jack Enrile).

An INC member said the day after the list was reported in media, a high ranking official of the church told them that it’s not final and changes may be made before the Monday election. That should keep the suspense among those in the list as well as those who want to get the endorsement that would be crucial in their getting into the Magic 12.

According to reliable survey groups like Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia, of all the religious groups, it’s only the INC that has proven to deliver command votes. There has been no proof of command votes delivered by El Shaddai, Jesus is Lord ( JIL was not able to make its leader, Eddie Villanueva, win in his past presidential bid. He is now a senatorial candidate and is not rating high in surveys) and other religious groups.

Although Filipinos are predominantly Catholic which boasts of 45 million voters, there has been no proven “ Catholic vote”. In this election, however, Catholic groups launched “Team Patay and Team Buhay” and the White Vote Movement, which endorsed candidates who opposed the Reproductive Health Bill.

Aside from Honasan, Aquilino Pimentel III , Trillanes, Villar, Mitos Magsaysay, and Ejercito, the White Vote Movement has added the names of Richard Gordon, Nancy Binay and Miguel Zubiri, all of UNA, to the list of senatorial candidates they will endorse.

Command votes are votes that are dictated or heavily influenced by a group, a community leader, bigtime businessmen and warlords.

At this stage of the campaign, command votes would be crucial in determining one’s inclusion in the Magic 12 for senatorial candidates who are in numbers 10 to 16 in the surveys.

The latest survey by Pulse Asia, conducted April 20 to 22, 2013 said those whose rankings are still fluid are Zubiri (10th to 16th places), Honasan (11th to 16th places), Enrile, Jr. (11th to 16th places), Hontiveros (12th to 17th places) and Magsaysay, Jr. (12th to 17th places). They would be the ones who would be seriously make affected by INC’s estimated 1.5 to 1.8 million votes.

For the frontrunners, an INC endorsement is important to be number one, especially if the senator has higher ambitions in 2016.

Some say that the INC endorsement is overrated noting that the religious group shrewdly endorses those who are almost sure winners based on the surveys, except for one or two. In 2007, INC did not endorse Trillanes who did not figure in the rankings in the early part of the campaign. Imprisoned and with no organization to protect his votes in the canvassing, Trillanes came out number 11 with 11 million votes.

INC’s list for Monday's elections does not include any candidate ranked below number 17.

It is, however, intriguing why re-electionist Chiz Escudero, who is number two in pre-election surveys, is not included in the list.

There must be some other reasons.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Senators fail to grill DND, AFP officials on chopper deal officials on
    Senators fail to grill DND, AFP officials on chopper deal officials on

    Senators yesterday failed to grill defense and military officials over the P1.21-billion deal for the purchase of 21 Huey helicopters for the Armed Forces of the Philippines with the joint venture of Rice Aircraft Service Inc. and Eagle Copters Ltd. Francis Escudero and Joseph Victor Ejercito were interested to know why the defense department entered into a deal to buy secondhand helicopters when it is supposed to be modernizing the Armed Forces. “I am looking at the Armed Forces of the …

  • Revilla wants to undergo therapy for aching heels
    Revilla wants to undergo therapy for aching heels

    Detained Sen. Ramon Revilla Jr. has asked the Sandiganbayan to allow him to undergo therapy sessions for two weeks to treat his aching heels and back pains. In a motion filed before the anti-graft court’s First Division on Monday, Revilla’s lawyers said the senator should undergo further medical examination and treatment of his back and feet, including physical therapy at least three times a week or six sessions for two weeks, at the Philippine National Police (PNP) General Hospital at Camp …

  • Noul may intensify into typhoon – Pagasa
    Noul may intensify into typhoon – Pagasa

    Tropical Storm Noul was forecast to intensify into a typhoon before it enters the Philippine area of responsibility today, but state weather forecasters said it was unlikely to hit landmass. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Noul, which will be locally named Dodong, is expected to skirt the country’s eastern coast, bringing light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over areas in Central and Northern Luzon this weekend. Rene …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options