Velarde endorsed winners
Posted by akosistella on April 5, 2010
MANILA, Philippines—El Shaddai leader Mariano “Brother Mike” Velarde endorsed winners Fidel Ramos, Joseph Estrada and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in the 1992, 1998 and 2004 elections, respectively.
In 1992, Velarde showed his support for Ramos by standing on his side of the stage during a prayer rally.
In 1998, only days before the elections, Velarde endorsed his choices for president and vice president with the use of a password.
In a prayer vigil attended by presidential and vice presidential candidates, El Shaddai members had been informed the candidates to be endorsed by Velarde would utter the password, “Tiyak ’yon (That’s for sure).”
El Shaddai leader not yet endorsing presidential bet
MANILA, Philippines — The top candidates came a courting, but there was no sweet answer yet from influential TV evangelist Bro. Mike Velarde of El Shaddai.
Velarde, who leads a Catholic charismatic group with a membership running in the millions and whose blessing is coveted by politicians, insisted that he has not made up his mind on whom to support in the May 2010 elections, and said he would decide a week before the polls.
“Many are running for the presidency and vice presidency… Up to now, we are still studying and looking for what will do us good and will not harm us,” Velarde said during the prayer vigil in Parañaque.