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INC endorsing UniTeam? Philippine Arena ‘just a venue’, says Marcos spox

/ 02:45 PM February 08, 2022
The Philippine Arena is “just a venue,” says the camp of Ferdinand Bongbong Marcos on issues about endorsement.

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, spokesperson the the Marcos camp. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Arena is “just a venue.”

Atty. Vic Rodriguez, the spokesperson of presidential candidate Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., had this to say Tuesday in response to speculations that Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) is endorsing the Marcos-Duterte tandem after it opted to hold its proclamation rally at the Philippine Arena.

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Philippine Arena, the world’s largest indoor arena, is owned by Iglesia ni Cristo.

“You’re reading too much between the lines. We have not said anything close to that. Ito ay venue lamang [This is only a venue],” Rodriguez told reporters.

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“Kaya namin ito napili sapagkat ito ang pinakamalaki at maaaring mag-accommodate sa libu-libo naming mga supporters and followers,” he added.

(We chose this because this is the biggest and can accommodate thousands of our supporters.)

Rodriguez said they would have held the proclamation rally in a different venue if a bigger venue was available.

“This is just a proclamation rally. We just chose this venue kasi ito nga yung pinakamalaki. Kung meron lang mas malaki pa edi baka doon kami to accommodate more supporters and followers [This is the biggest but if there are other bigger venues, we were probably be there] ,” Rodriguez said.

The tandem of Marcos Jr. and Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte-Carpio—which has dubbed themselves as the “UniTeam”—will hold their proclamation rally on Tuesday, 4 p.m., marking the start of their campaign.

In 2016, Iglesia ni Cristo backed the vice presidential bid of Marcos Jr. Iglesia also backed President Rodrigo Duterte, the father of Marcos Jr.’s running mate.

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