BRO. EDDIE STARTS 40-DAY COUNTDOWN TO VICTORY

MALOLOS CITY, BULACAN, April 1, 2004
 
(STAR)
By James Mananghaya — Rooted in a firm belief that the people will bless him with the presidency, television evangelist and Bangon Pilipinas Movement (BPM) standard-bearer Eddie Villanueva yesterday launched his 40-day countdown to victory at the Barasoain Church in his home province of Bulacan.

"From the birthplace of the first Philippine Republic, we will start the countdown to our victory on May 10, when the Filipino people will make known their desire for national renewal," Villanueva said.

Flanked by supporters led by Rodolfo Quizon Jr., eldest son of comedy king Dolphy, Villanueva seemed assured of his victory in the May 10 presidential race because he believes Filipinos have awakened.

While Quizon supports Villanueva, his father is one of the staunchest and most vocal supporters of Koalisyon ng Nagkakaisang Pilipino (KNP) standard-bearer Fernando Poe Jr.

Villanueva said "hopes and morale are high among (BPM) members and supporters because of our message of change, our good platform and the morally upright leadership we offer to the people." He is a native of the town of Bocaue.

He is confident of victory because he believes he has the support of the people who are fed up with the rampant corruption in government.

"Our countrymen have awakened," he added, "and I believe that they want to break free from the chains of poverty."

He said the "Josiah’s army" backing his bid for the presidency now has five million members, up from two million, because of his "pito-pito (seven-seven)" formula — each of his supporters have been asked to convince seven of their relatives and friends to vote for Villanueva and so on.

"After the May 10 elections, we will arise and rebuild our beloved nation and free its people from the chains of poverty," Villanueva said in a statement.

Villanueva is touring Bulacan in a campaign sortie that is taking him around the province’s markets and other public places to gather support from his fellow Bulakeños.

He said the BPM will lead more and bigger rallies than the Feb. 22 rally at Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila and other activities "against corruption." — With Aurea Calica


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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