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Knowing your candidates

Posted by akosistella on May 9, 2010


Method To Madness
By Patricia Evangelista, Inquirer

These columns were collected as an attempt to contribute to the discourse of the 2010 elections. The opinions are my own, the responsibility mine alone. That I do not endorse any one candidate does not mean I am not biased, as my standards and perspectives in these pieces are subjective in themselves.

These pieces were written, with one exception, during the run-up to the 2010 presidential elections. Most were written after interviews with the men in question. Some were time-bound, and were edited to suit a reading today. Others are as they were, with only stylistic changes unless noted after the piece.

PART 1: Eddie Villanueva, Noynoy Aquino, Richard Gordon

PART 2: Gilbert Teodoro, Joseph Estrada, Manny Villar


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Bro. Eddie not eager to join protests

Posted by akosistella on March 27, 2010

MANILA, Philippines – Unlike some religious leaders who have said that they might join a revolt in the event of failure of elections, Jesus Is Lord (JIL) founder Bro. Eddie Villa-nueva said he is not eager to join the bandwagon of protests.

Villanueva, presidential candidate of the Bangon Pilipinas Party (BPP), told editors of The STAR that he would rather exhaust all democratic and peaceful means instead of joining revolts.

Villanueva, a former student activist, has had his share of street demonstrations and was even arresyted twice during the martial law years.

Click Philippine Star.


A day in the life… of Bro. Eddie

MANILA, Philippines – Since joining the presidential race, Bro. Eddie, founder of the Jesus Is Lord Church worldwide, has sacrificed sleep for more time on the campaign trail. These days, four hours of sleep is about all he gets.

He woke up at 4 a.m. last Thursday so as not to miss the two-and-a-half-hour ferry ride from Sorsogon to Masbate.

A friend lent him and his Bangon Pilipinas Party (BPP) ticket for a private plane to get to the island province after a problem in the booking for passenger seats arose.

Click Phil. Star

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Good morning

Posted by akosistella on February 19, 2010

Manila Times

This is the time of year again when homegrown religious sects rise exponentially in political influence. The more conservative the group, the more it is prized by candidates. ‘Tis said that they vote as one for candidates chosen by their highest leaders or councils.

Although not the most numerous, no flock is more coveted than the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC). Disciplined and cohesive, it is the Holy Grail of electoral endorsements. Members of the flock get appointed to the Cabinet and the judiciary. When its leader Executive Minister Erano Manalo died last year, politicians fell all over themselves to pay their respects.

Perhaps a rung lower in political potency is the El Shaddai movement of Brother Mariano “Mike” Velarde. The congregation can fill the Quirino Grandstand in Manila’s Rizal Park (Luneta) to overflowing on any given day.

When Manny Villar and Loren Legarda went to Hong Kong last week to join Bro. Mike and his chapter there, Noynoy Aquino immediately started a big push to get INC to endorse him.

Bidding for political status are the congregations of Reverend Apollo Quiboloy in Davao and the Jesus is Lord group of Bro. Eddie Villanueva. The reverend drew front-page attention when a handful of “presidentiables” paid homage to him last week. Jesus is Lord draws no political pilgrims because Brother Eddie himself has decided to run for president.

All these groups are tiny compared to the mighty Roman Catholic Church, which counts on some 90 percent of all Filipinos. But Catholics quibble no end about political matters; there is no way in this life to make them vote as one.

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A government of righteous men

Posted by akosistella on February 1, 2010

MANILA, Philippines — The preacher speaks.

His hands move. His fingers spread and point. His voice booms. He answers everything but the question, but he does it with panache. When he repeats himself, he repeats himself verbatim, entire paragraphs rolling out with teleprompter conviction.

His name is Eduardo Cruz Villanueva, 63, spiritual director and president of Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church and chairman of the nationwide Philippines for Jesus Movement (PJM) and of the Zoe Broadcasting Network.

“And I’m running for the presidency of our beloved country.”

Click Patricia Evangelista.

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