INC head Eduardo Manalo is Duterte's new envoy for OFW concerns

REVERED LEADER. Iglesia ni Cristo Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo, the church's 3rd leader, follows in the footsteps of Iglesia founder Felix Manalo.

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MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte named Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo Manalo as his Special Envoy for Overseas Filipino Concerns.

Manalo's appointment papers were signed on Tuesday, February 13, according to Malacañang.

JUST IN. Iglesia ni Cristo executive minister Eduardo V Manalo appointed special envoy for OFW concerns by President Duterte. @rapplerdotcom — Pia Ranada (@piaranada) February 14, 2018


Manalo, the eldest son of the late Eraño Manalo, assumed his duties as Executive Minister in September 2009. (READ: FAST FACTS: Who is Eduardo Manalo, special envoy for OFW concerns?)

Politicians court the INC during elections due to its practice of voting as a bloc. (READ: How potent is the INC's vote delivery system?)

The INC leadership endorsed the candidacies of Duterte and former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr during the 2016 elections. (READ: When Rody Duterte met INC's Eduardo Manalo–

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