By Mortz C. Ortigoza
The block voting religious sect Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) endorsed last Wednesday Pangasinan gubernatorial aspirant Mark O. Cojuangco and re-electionist vice gubernatorial bet Jose Ferdinand Calimlim, Jr. for the May 9 election, according to a source in the INC.
|SOLIDIFICATION: Mark Cojuangco (2nd from Right) with mayors of Pangasinan|
when they meet at the party's headquarters in Manila to buttress their
She said that endorsement of candidates from the posts of congressmen to the members of the town councils happened at 7 o’clock in the evening Wednesday at the different churches of the INC.
“The members will be given a sample ballot of the candidates the church supports tonight during the worship service,” she said.
The INC has 63 thousand voters in the 1,705,260 voters rich Pangasinan.
Cojuangco is pitted with the son and namesake of last term Pangasinan governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. while Calimlim slugged it out with Calasiao Mayor Mark Roy Macanlalay for the vice governorship.
Cojuangco and Macanlalay run under the Nationalist People’s Coalition founded by the former’s father business tycoon Eduardo “Danding” Cojuangco, while Espino III and Calimlim contest the two top post of Pangasinan’s local government unit under the Aksyon Demokratiko - a local party.
The source cited Calasiao mayoralty aspirant Roy Macanlalay and five of his candidates for the town council were supported by the INC while vice mayoralty bet Ferdinand Galang, who runs under the party of mayoralty bet Joseph Arman Bauzon, was endorsed by the block voting sect.
Macanlalay and Galang run under the NPC and Liberal Party, respectively.
Sta. Barbara re-electionist mayor Lito Zaplan and four of his bets for the council were listed by the INC as their candidate in that town.
Zaplan runs under LP while his opponent Vice Mayor Emmanuel Cabangon carries the NPC banner.
The source said re-electionist 3rd District Congresswoman Rosemarie “Baby” Arenas clinched the Manalo’s run 1.7 million voters strong sect’s endorsement.
Arenas, a card carrying LP, is pitted with former congressmen Gener Tulagan and Eric Acuna in the five towns Central Pangasinan’s District.