Seven candidates from the administration slate and five from the opposition coalition will enjoy Iglesia ni Cristo's (INC) support in the upcoming elections.
The religious sect known for delivering bloc votes, which might spell victory for bets, has made its choice only days before the May 13 polls.
A well-placed source said other copies of the sample ballots have already been handed out during the group’s worship services by “katiwala ng purok” in various locales of INC all over the country.
Sample ballots distributed to INC members showed that the sect's members are being told to vote for the following candidates:
1. Sonny Angara
2. Bam Aquino
3. Grace Poe
4. Loren Legarda
5. Antonio Trillanes
6. Cynthia Villar
7. Alan Peter Cayetano
8. JV Ejercito
9. Richard Gordon
10. Nancy Binay
11. Gringo Honasan
12. Jack Enrile
Some of the candidates endorsed by the INC figured outside the so-called "Magic 12" in latest surveys by the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.
INC has yet officially announced its endorsement despite the distribution of sample ballots. Candidates have also refused to comment on the reported endorsement yet.
The source noted other samples were distributed to faithful members, who were asked to sign a document upon receipt of the copies on a house-to-house basis.
“There was no formal announcement last Wednesday (during worship services), but sample ballots were already distributed to the faithful members of the INC since Wednesday,” the source said.
The source also said the INC will be supporting seven party-list groups which include:
Citizens Battle Against Corruption (Cibac)
Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay)
Arts Business and Science Professionals (ABS)
Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE)
Anti-Crime and Terrorism thru Community Involvement and Support (ACT-CIS)
Social Amelioration and Genuine Intervention on Poverty (1-SAGIP)
Aagapay sa Matatanda (AMA)