1.2 million Filipinos join Iglesia ni Cristo walk vs poverty

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – More than a million Filipinos joined the Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty organized by the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), or Church of Christ, along Roxas Boulevard in Manila on Sunday, May 6. 

During this event, the INC bagged a new Guinness record for the largest human sentence, according to church-run Eagle News in a tweet at 10:20 am on Sunday.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) pegged the number of participants at 1.2 million as of 9 am.

INC, on the official website of Eagle News, said the Worldwide Walk to Fight Poverty started at 6 am on Sunday, and was set to happen simultaneously "in more than 300 sites across 18 time zones around the world."

The INC said the event also aimed to break 5 Guinness records – "the largest human sentence, the largest picture mosaic formed by people, the largest charity walk in a single venue, most nationalities in a charity walk, and the largest charity walk in multiple venues."

"Gagawin natin ito alang-alang sa kaluwalhatian ng ating Panginoong Diyos at alang-alang sa tagumpay ng Iglesia Ni Cristo," said INC General Auditor Minister Glicerio Santos Jr on Eagle News. (We will do this for the glory of God and the triumph of the Iglesia ni Cristo.) 

Born in the Philippines in 1914, the INC is a church that has at least 2.25 million followers, and is known to wield huge influence over government because of its practice of bloc voting. (READ: The rise of INC: 'Stricter religions grow stronger') 

The INC has been hounded by accusations of corruption and extravagant lifestyles of some of its leaders, especially after a family feud in the INC leader's family was made public in 2015. – Rappler.com