Evangelical groups in Mindanao endorsed the senatorial candidacy of Congressman Bongbong Marcos during his swing through Cagayan de Oro on Tuesday, saying that he is not a traditional politician but a member of the new generation of leaders.
The youthful solon met with the leaders of the Association in Mindanao for Peace and Transformation (AMPT) led by its national president Bishop Abner Dalapo, the Philippine Crusader Society International (PCSI) led by Bishop Ricardo Abcede Cabal, and several pastors representing the Philippine Evangelical Network (PEN).
Also attending the meeting was Cagayan de Oro 1st district congressional candidate Candy dela Rosa Darimbang.
Both the AMPT and PEN are organizations established by evangelical churches and they expressed full support for Bongbong’s senatorial candidacy.
Bishop Cabal enumerated the reasons why both AMPT and PEN are supporting the candidacy of Marcos. He said Bongbong belongs to the new generation of leaders.
“He is not a traditional politician; he is a politician through leadership,” the bishop said.
He added, “Congressman Marcos is an idealistic person and his motivation in life and purpose is towards the masses and the development of agriculture. He is committed to bringing up the living conditions of the common tao through the implementation of modern technologies like the Bangui windmills which he offered to the people of Ilocos Norte. The project provided a reliable and sustainable energy source for the province. For us, that is a brilliant accomplishment.”
The bishop also cited Marcos as “an original member of the National Movement of Young Legislators (NMYL), a movement which is against corruption and traditional politics.”
Bongbong also visited the leadership of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) in Burgos, Cagayan de Oro City and had a closed-door meeting with them.
As his last stop, he visited Archbishop Antonio Ledesma and had a one-on-one meeting with the Roman Catholic Church leader of the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro. They discussed, among others, certain issues in the May elections.