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Iglesia ni Cristo leader named special envoy for Philippine migrants

MANILA (UCAN): In what looks like payback for supporting his presidential run, Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, named Eduardo Manalo, executive minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo (Church), special envoy for Filipino migrants’ concerns.
 
In an appointment paper dated February 13, the presidential palace in Manila announced that Manalo would hold the position from January 30, until 29 January 2019.
 
“Pursuant to the provisions of the existing laws, you are hereby designated Special Envoy of the President for Overseas Filipino Concerns,” read the appointment paper.
 
One of the fastest-growing indigenous Christian churches in the world today, Iglesia ni Cristo, is now touted to have more than 2.25 million followers in more than 100 countries.
 
Days before his appointment, Manalo received the ambassador of the United States of America to the Philippines, Sung Kim, who paid him a courtesy call.
 
The Iglesia ni Cristo, known for voting as a bloc during Philippine elections, endorsed the candidacy of Duterte during the 2016 national elections.
 
Manalo has been accused of corruption by family members leading, in 2015, to the expulsion of his mother Cristina and his siblings Felix Nathaniel Manalo, Marco Erano Manalo and Lolita Manalo-Hemedez, from the church.

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