MANILA, APRIL 29, 2013 (INQUIRER) Eddie Villanueva was an “atheist” before he became the leader of arguably the biggest Christian group in the Philippines — the Jesus is Lord Movement (JILM).

[CANDIDATE PROFILE: NAME: Villanueva, Eduardo; Party: Bangon Pilipinas Age: 66 Birthplace: Bocaue, Bulacan Residence: Not available; Education: Manager’s Course under the University of the Philippines (UP) Institute for Small Scale Industries, Bachelor of Science in Commerce major in Economics and Minor in Finance, Philippine College of Commerce (PCC) (now known as Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP)) Meycauayan Institute (now known as Meycauayan College), Bulacan Bambang Elementary School, Bocaue, Bulacan Profession: International President/Spiritual Director; Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide; Public post held: None Nickname: Bro. Eddie.]

His transformation from non-believer to devout Christian and Marxist-Leninist ideologue to evangelist are the stuff local movies are made of, for which he admits, he’s had offers to do.

But the life story of Brother Eddie is larger than any movie, highlighted by his decision to enter the “dirty” world of politics in 2004 and again in 2010 when he ran for president on a platform of reform and moral uprightness.

It is his same campaign platform now that he is running for senator in the 2013 mid-term elections so much so that he has likened himself to the “lone ranger”, a fictional cowboy hero who fought the bad guys.

He admits that he has discouraged his two sons — Eduardo “Jon-Jon” and Joel Villanueva — from entering politics, warning them against its pitfalls and urging them instead to be active with the JILM.

He says they assured him, however that “if the Lord calls them to become pastors, then they will obey”. So Brother Eddie says he let them go. His eldest, Jon-Jon is mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan where Brother Eddie himself has lived while Joel is former Representative of CIBAC, a partylist group against graft and coruption.

Brother Eddie remains hopeful that he too will be given the opportunity to serve the people not only from the pulpit but from the podium of the Legislature as well.

More of the interview by on Brother Eddie Villanueva on INQuest and the rest of the senatorial candiates please go to: Vote 2013.



Church flexes poll clout 1:07 am | Sunday, April 28th, 2013

Bacolod bishop leads rally vs RH law

[FOREVER AND NEVER Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra leads a rally against the reproductive health law, pledging the Church’s support in the May elections for candidates who opposed it in Congress and rejection of those who voted for it. Among those on stage who have the Church’s support are senatorial bets Sen. Gregorio Honasan, Rep. Mitos Magsaysay, Rizalito David, JC de los Reyes and Ang Kapatiran founder Nandy Pacheco. ANDY ALVAREZ/CONTRIBUTOR]

BACOLOD CITY—“Junk the RH law! Junk the RH law!” the brave 6,000 chanted.

Rain failed to stop them from converging on the public plaza here on Saturday to demand the repeal of the reproductive health (RH) law.

The ralliers, all drenched, promised to support in next month’s elections candidates who voted against the RH bill in Congress and junk those who voted for it.

The Catholic Church count the candidates who opposed the RH bill as members of “Team Buhay” (Life) and those who voted for it members of “Team Patay” (Death). ť

Most of the ralliers wore red shirts, transforming Bacolod Public Plaza into a sea of red.

Senatorial candidates Gregorio Honasan and Mitos Magsaysay of the United Nationalist Alliance and John Carlos “JC” de los Reyes and Rizalito David of Ang Kapatiran party attended the rally.

Of the four, only Honasan and Magsaysay are on the Team Buhay list of the Diocese of Bacolod for opposing the RH law.

De los Reyes and David are newcomers to senatorial politics.

The others on the Team Buhay list are Joseph Victor Estrada, Antonio Trillanes, Aquilino Pimentel III and Cynthia Villar.

The candidates listed by the diocese as members of Team Patay are Juan Edgardo Angara, Francis Escudero, Loren Legarda, Alan Peter Cayetano, Risa Hontiveros, Teddy Casińo and Jack Enrile.

Party-list groups Gabriela, Bayan Muna, Akbayan and Anak Pawis are also on the Team Patay list of the diocese.

The Team Patay, Team Buhay tarpaulin sign remains hanging on the facade of San Sebastian Cathedral here, as the Supreme Court has temporarily stopped the Commission on Elections from removing it.

Bacolod Bishop Vicente Navarra, who led the rally, was happy with the turnout, saying it was “very inspiring.”

Navarra said the diocese would continue to call for the scrapping of the RH law, which, according to him, posed the threats of loss of faith and moral corruption on Catholics.

Following Christ

“It is an uphill battle, but let us encourage one another to continue the fight because we are doing what Christ would have done in obedience to His Father’s [will],” Navarra said.

The bishop promised that the Church would continue to support “prolife” candidates.

He said the crowd that marched to the plaza was initially estimated at 12,000, but the heavy downpour that came just before 1 p.m. reduced the number of the marchers by half.

The ralliers came from four points in the city: the Capitol Lagoon Park for northern parishes, Sto. Nińo Parish Church on BBB Galo Street for northeastern parishes, Lupit Church for southern parishes, and Holy Family Parish Church for southeastern parishes.

‘Obey God’

About 6,000 made it to the plaza, and the Church’s message was printed on the back of their red shirts: “Obey God rather than men.”

On the stage hung a huge tarpaulin sign that read, “Team Buhay forever, Team Patay never.”ť

But unlike the sign on the facade of the cathedral, the sign on the stage did not contain the names of the “politicians of life” and the “politicians of death.”

“Junk the RH law!” the crowd chanted. “Junk the RH law!”ť

In an interview, Honasan said he was encouraging Catholics to continue the battle against the RH law because the right to life is stressed in the Constitution.

“It has to be a continuing advocacy to preserve and repair our damaged institutions beyond the 2013 elections for national survival,” he said.

Score for Church

Honasan noted that the Church has had victories in the Supreme Court, pointing out the temporary restraining order on the Team Patay, Team Buhay sign, and on the implementation of the RH law.

“The fight must continue,”ťhe said.

Magsaysay said the RH law was not necessary because its provisions were already in the Magna Carta of Women.

She said that if elected to the Senate, she would fight for changes in the RH law to make it ethically acceptable.

But she did not say if she would work for the repeal of the law.

De los Reyes said the RH law must be repealed because it would destroy the family and the morals of the Filipino people.

David said he, too, wanted the law repealed. It must be repealed even after the Supreme Court strikes down some of its provisions, he said.

Lyndon Cana, Bacolod independent congressional candidate and chairman of the Citizens’ Alliance for the Protection of Human Life, said the followers of the Church would never retreat, never surrender in the battle for the protection of life and against the RH law.

“God will be with us,”ť he said.

PPCRV releases 2013 voting guide

PPCRV Chairperson Henrietta de Villa

MANILA, Feb. 18, 2013— The Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting has released guidelines to Catholic voters on how they should choose their candidates in the May 2013 automated elections.

The Catholic Church-backed poll watchdog said the guidelines aims to help voters choose the right candidates who will lead the nation.

The 10 Commandments for Responsible Voting is contained in the booklet titled “Pinoy Big Voter”, a voter’s education manual made by the PPCRV.

The manual also contains the Church’s social teachings, compilation of various pastoral statements of the Catholic hierarchy on elections, and information about the automated election system.

Henrietta de Villa, PPCRV national chairperson, said the manual is about the power of voters “that is equal in value with the rich and famous…”

“It’s not about size, your size… big or small, XL or XXL. It’s about your importance, your power as a voter,” de Villa said.

“It is only during elections when you exercise your right and responsibility to vote that indeed you are Pinoy Big Voter! Beholden to none but your conscience, your country and your God,” she said.

The PPCRV head added that elections are a vital element in the restoration of politics.

“We see it as imperative to make alive our PPCRV vision of CHAMP – Clean, Honest, Accurate, Meaningful, and Peaceful – elections as a first step towards such restoration,” said de Villa. (CBCPNews)

10 Commandments for Responsible Voting

1. Vote according to the dictates of your conscience.

2. Respect the decision of others in choosing their candidates.

3. Seek to know the moral integrity, capabilities, and other personal qualities of the candidates you will vote for.

4. Strive to understand the issues, platform, and programs of candidates and parties campaigning for your vote.

5. Do not sell your vote.

6. Do not vote for candidates using guns, goons, gold, and glitter.

7. Do not vote for candidates tainted with graft and corruption.

8. Do not vote for candidates simply because of “utang na loob”, popularity, good looks, or pakikisama.

9. Do not vote for candidates living an immoral life.

10. Always put the welfare of the country as top priority in choosing the candidate you will vote for.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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