INC endorses Cojuangco for governor
By Mortz C. Ortigoza
The bloc-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.
The endorsement of candidates for congressmen down to town councils was announced on Wednesday night at different churches of the INC.
The members were given a sample ballot last Thursday of the candidates that the church supported during the worship service.
The INC has 36,000 voters in the 1.7 million vote-rich Pangasinan, according to Calasiao Mayoralty bet Roy Macanlalay.
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 run under Aksyon Demokratiko.
Mayoralty bet Macanlalay said he 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 bloc-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 candidates in that town.
Zaplan runs under LP while his opponent Vice Mayor Emmanuel Cabangon carries the NPC banner.
Zaplan and Macanlalay 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.
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