PHILIPPINE Constitution Association (Philconsa) president Martin Romualdez yesterday wished long life for Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo who celebrates his birthday this Wednesday.
Romualdez has also expressed belief that Bro. Manalo will continue to succeed as INC leader in the fulfillment of his aspirations for the Filipinos as a moral compass for the country.
He greeted Bro. Manalo for showing a kind heart to Filipinos by helping the less fortunate people through INC’s spiritual programs, and “malasakit” (compassionate) livelihood and assistance programs.
“Happy birthday INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. May you have long life and thank you for helping the character formation of the Filipinos, especially the youth in nation-building,” said Romualdez.
“Thank you Bro. Manalo for always being there to achieve social reforms and promoting public welfare through your passion of serving God and the country,” said Romualdez.
“My family is wishing that you will be graced with many more years filled with sound health and happiness for you to continue propagating the spiritual guidance, unity, good news and positive traits in the country being the leader of one of the most powerful and well-respected religious groups in the world. Salamat po sa ‘malasakit’ sa mga mahihirap at nangangailangan. Mabuhay po kayo,” said Romualdez.
He also commended the INC for successfully holding last Sunday its Lingap sa Mamamayan socio-civic “malasakit” (compassionate) program with anti-poverty initiatives in Tondo and Binondo or the heart of Manila and Culiat in Quezon City.
Romualdez, a former House Independent Bloc Leader and a three-term Leyte congressman, congratulated the INC for its humanitarian “malasakit” activities in the country and abroad.
“This world-class initiative has shown the whole world that ‘Bayanihan’ spirit is doing great and alive here in our country and our people will forever remember this. Salamat po sa inyong malasakit,” said Romualdez, a lawyer and president of Lakas-Christian Muslim Democrats (CMD).
Romualdez also said that INC’s devotion to the abiding truth of God’s love has helped the country to nurture “bayanihan.”
For her part, Leyte Rep. Yedda Marie Kittilstvedt-Romualdez, Romualdez’s wife, said Filipinos were “so fortunate to have Iglesia ni Cristo which is consistently behind productive endeavors for the poor.”
“Happy birthday INC Executive Minister, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo. We are so blessed that your leadership has been consistently behind humanitarian activities nationwide and some parts of the world,” said Yedda Romualdez, the chairperson of the House committee on accounts.
The Romualdez couple reiterated their heartfelt gratitude to the INC leadership for its assistance to Yolanda survivors, including housing and livelihood projects in Alang-alang, Leyte which is a few kilometers away from the Yolanda hardest-hit Tacloban City.
INC’s Lingap sa Mamamayan initiative was aimed at providing livelihood and assistance programs to the less fortunate people.