THE appointment of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Eduardo V. Manalo as President Duterte’s special envoy for Filipino migrants’ concerns should be welcomed by all sectors of society.
Truth is, the INC leader is someone with deep sense of compassion and empathy, who is seen to help address the concerns of the country’s growing army of overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).
“He (Manalo) has the strength and ability to serve” the so-called modern-day heroes, according to Philippine Constitution Association (Philconsa) president Martin G. Romualdez.
The husband of Leyte 1st District Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilsvedt-Romualdez, the Philconsa official used to head the highly-influential “independent minority bloc” in the House of Representatives.
With his moral and spiritual integrity, the soft-spoken and well-respected Manalo is in a position to solve the problems of migrant workers, particularly those in countries (78) teeming with INC members.
Romualdez said compassion and humility flow in Manalo’s leadership. “He keeps on inspiring not only members of the Iglesia ni Cristo but also (other) people around the world,” the ex-solon said.
Mrs. Romualdez, on the other hand, said Manalo’s kindness would help the Duterte administration accomplish its mandate to address the many concerns of overseas Filipino workers.
“I believe that no Filipino migrant will be left behind. I support his (Manalo) appointment for the betterment of overseas Filipinos,” said the lady solon, a registered nurse and a former beauty queen.
Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and Deputy Speaker and Batangas Rep. Raneo Abu shared the statements of the Romualdez couple.
Admittedly, through its various pro-poor and pro-people programs, like last year’s “Lingap sa Mamamayan” socio-civic project, the INC is setting a good example for others to follow.
Thus, we commend the administration for naming INC’s Manalo as President Duterte’s special envoy for OFW concerns.