Poe meets with one of INC's top officials

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Independent presidential candidate Grace Poe confirms meeting with a top official of Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC).

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — With just a little over a month to go before the May polls, independent presidential candidate Grace Poe is making sure her presence is felt by Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), a religious group believed to vote as a bloc.

Poe on Saturday (April 2) confirmed a newspaper report of her meeting with INC's political affairs chief Eraño Cordera on Wednesday (March 30).

Poe, however, denied seeking the group's endorsement, saying she simply wanted to present her platform — without expecting anything in return.

Nakakahiya naman yatang sabihin na endorse niyo nga ako, hindi naman ganon yung pinaguusapan dyan,” Poe said.

[Translation: It’s embarrassing to ask them to endorse me, it was not what we discussed.]

Poe said there was no commitment made during the meeting.

Poe also denied going with former Quezon City Rep. Mike Defensor, a known ally of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Nakasabay! As in pagpunta ko doon, nadatnan ko na siya doon; hindi mo naman pwede piliin sino makasabay mo at meron ring iba sa parehong larangan andon din,” Poe said.

[Translation: We were there at the same time! He was already there when I arrived, and I can’t choose who to be with in that instance. There were also others when I arrived.]

In September last year, Poe came under fire for her comments which seemingly defended INC members' massive rally along EDSA.

Amid issues on INC leadership allegedly kidnapping former ministers and their families, Poe said INC followers are just defending their faith and protecting their rights.

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