Research by Maria Althea Teves, abs-cbnNEWS.com/ Newsbreak | 09/01/2009 3:06 PM
The INC is noted for voting as a bloc during elections, guiding its membership through to its Tagubilin or circulars.
The doctrine is the Executive Minister’s “parting words and reminders” given after every worship service and followed by the worshippers to “show we are one force,” said an INC member.
The INC contributed to former President Joseph Estrada’s win in the 1998 elections. His ouster through the January 2001 Edsa 2 uprising displeased a lot of INC members.
April of the same year spurred the Edsa 3 Revolution, gathering thousands of INC members and Estrada supporters. They contested the legitimacy of Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s presidency.
In 2002, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism reported that Ka Erdy himself wanted to support now-Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson.
Quoting Lacson’s aide, the PCIJ report said that Ka Erdy saw that Ping “will likely succeed Erap.” According to the report, this worried Arroyo during her 2001-2004 term as President.
But Ka Erdy’s support for Lacson did not prevent President Arroyo from courting the church. The church eventually offered their support for Arroyo’s presidential campaign in the 2004 elections.
INC and the Marcoses
When he was still in power, the late President Marcos paid visits to the INC headquarters in Quezon City and was a regular well-wisher at Ka Erdy’s birthday celebrations. The Marcos-INC relationship catapulted the minority church to the same level of influence with the Catholic and Protestant church.