4 senatorial bets, Mike Velarde’s partylist get Batangas bishop’s nod



El Shaddai spiritual leader Mike Velarde

LIPA CITY, Philippines—Archbishop Ramon Arguelles publicly endorsed four senatorial candidates and two partylist groups as his own choices in the midterm elections in May.

Arguelles endorsed the “Buhay” and “Ang Prolife,”  two partylists that stick to the Catholic Church’s “pro-life” stance, and the senatorial candidacies of Mitos Magsaysay of the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA); and Lito David, JC Delos Reyes and Mars Llasos, all of the Kapatiran Party, in a speech at pro-life forum here on Friday that was attended by over a hundred people.

Buhay (Buhay Hayaan Yumabong) Partylist, which is headed by El Shaddai spiritual leader Mike Velarde, has  declared itself as an “organization that acknowledges the sanctity and value of human life as the most fundamental element of society and recognize the rights of individuals disadvantaged by age, sickness and disability,” while the Ang Prolife Partylist  describes  itself as an “ organization comprising a coalition of individuals and organizations committed to the Pro-Life and Pro-Family advocacy.”

Llasos and Magsaysay were not present at the forum held at the St. Francis de Sales Minor Seminary gymnasium which was attended by representatives from the parishes and towns in Batangas and guests and pro-life speakers from the United States.

He said he endorsed Magsaysay even though she is not a member of Kapatiran because “she stood by us until the end. And I think she’s very sincere and a good Catholic.” He was referring to the vote of Magsaysay, as representative of Zambales, against  passage of the Reproductive Health Bill that President Aquino has already signed into law.

Arguelles declared he would support persons with a pro-life stance. “We will not endorse those who voted for RH.”

Arguelles likewise urged the participants not to vote for left wing candidates and the so-called “tuta nang mga kano (American lapdogs).”

“We should not vote for those American lapdogs. The communists are also paid by the Americans; they are the pro-RH (in Congress),” he said.

In endorsing his candidates, the bishop stressed he was not speaking for other dioceses or bishops but he believed his colleagues in the hierarchy of Catholic Church also favor the four senatorial candidates and the Kapatiran Party.

“I am the only outspoken one and I am not ashamed to say so because the time is right for this,” said the prelate.

Arguelles said the Church was working for a Catholic vote as it is their task as bishops to ensure that the faithfuls stick to the doctrine of the Catholic Church.

JC Delos Reyes, interviewed following the forum, said he was grateful for Arguelles’ endorsement. “He really believed in me and he is like my spiritual father,” Delos Reyes said.

He said the bishop knew  he was not a “trapo (traditional politician) and won’t be a clown just to get elected.”

Delos Reyes decribed himself as a “political missionary” who is pushing for “principles and platform that are godly.”

After the forum, a Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Arguelles.

The signing of a peace covenant among the candidates here initiated by Lipa City police director Superintendent Christopher Birung coincided with the forum.

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_J4GY2YEB4LB44XOKS67O56D56A celso

    Alam ko na kung sino ang mga hindi dapat iboto.

  • azkal futbol

     catholic under fire because of the wrong doings of their priests and bishops. where is the separation of the state and the church? political interest and trying to ensure that they continue to get tax-free benefits and offerings that only make us “poor people” into more poverty.

  • w33k3nd3r

    You know CBCP, this is one of the reasons why the Pope resigned; you’re not supposed to be meddling in politics. As head of the Roman Catholic Church, it’s he who gets the meting when people complain about your being a complete chimpanzee in need of attention–aside from all the sexual abuse scandals, of course.

  • 12JEM

    Kaawaawa ang mga Kandidatong i-endorse nitong AB Ramon Arguelles na ito. Lalo silang matatalo.

    Ang mga Kandidatong lalapit sa AB na iyan ay maituturingt mong mga sukdulan ng katangahan

    Talo silang lahat.

    Di mo akalaing may mga tao pang katulad niyang si Arguelles sa pag-iisip. .


  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5UOZM4PWIDKO7G64HL3PPMXUTM Constantine

    Bishop Arguelles is a Pajero Bishop and was already bought by Gloria Arroyo that’s why he is supporting Mitos Magsaysay, a corrupt politician to the highest degree. At any rate, nothing to worry since Mitos Magsaysay will not even land in the top 25. 

  • 12JEM

    Lahat ng mag kandidatong gustong matalo kay AB Arguelles magpa-Endorso.

    Para na rin kayong inendorso ni Gloria Arroyo.

    • josefe38


  • lapasan

    Mike Velarde headed a party list group called BUHAY? Isn’t this a mockery of our the party list and our political system? Isn’t Velarde known to the COMELEC as a leader of religious organization called EL Shaddai? Is he not known as influential and rich person? Is this man less fortunate and marginalized? I thought that the party list is only for the marginalized, poor and underrepresented sectors of the Philippine society. Velarde representing a party list group is an anomaly in itself. Moreover, how is this BUHAY partylist connected with the El Shaddai? Is the former only a front of the latter? Isn’t religious groups excluded to represent themselves in the party list system? The Filipinos, I think, have a very strong reason to work for the abolition of the party list system because influential and moneyed people can get around with the rules. This bishop Ramon Arguelles is shameless in endorsing publicly politicians this coming election. Shouldn’t men of the cloth distance themselves from engaging in partisan politics? His action is contrary to the previous pronouncement of the Catholic Church not to endorse candidates this coming election whether they are pro or anti RH law. And I think that kind of stand is the most appropriate for the church. I think that many Catholics are in favor of the RH bill. I think that it is an exception rather than the rule because I think that the faithful is always one with the church and the priests in most moral and political issues. They don’t want the priests however to meddle in their right of suffrage.

  • Placido_Penitente

    Ang isa sa mga dahilan kung bakit nagbitiw si Pope Benedict XVI ay dahil sa mga katulad ni Archbishop Arguelles na mahilig makisawsaw sa hindi dapat sawsawan ng simbahan. Palubog na siya nang palubog ngayon sa kumunoy ng kahihiyan at hinahatak niyang pababa ang simbahang Katolika.

    Tandaan ninyo mga pulitiko, KISS OF DEATH ang endorso ni Arguelles.  Teka, buhay pa pala iyang si Mike Velarde.  Ano naman kayang marginalized group ang kinakatawan niyang Pro-Life at Buhay party list na iyan na pinamumunuan ni Velarde, aber?  Aba’y milyonaryo iyang si Velarde ah, taga-Ayala Alabang at yumaman dahil sa panlilinlang sa mga miyembro ng El Shaddai.

    • josefe38


    • peach black

      di ko maubos-maisip kung paano niya nauuuto nitong hinayupak na Velardeng ito ang kanyang mga alipores.

    • zz

      I agree with you. Velarde – bulaang propeta.Tuturuan nya paano mag salok ng payong na pabaliktad senado at congreso para madami sila makurakot na pera sa taong bayan.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4QAIR53YIPJLMPSQJZTOJIGBVI Jaz

       Dapat Sarap-Buhay ang ipangalan sa partylist ni velarde.

      • abbaj

        TAMA KA JAZ!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FQQPZLNOMD2EBFTHSWOP6QGZWY Marshall

    Uuuy malamang may bago na namang SUV tong malditang obispong ito..Mapula na naman ang hasang eh…

  • peach black

    Mga ungas. . . lalo na itong Velardeng ito na mukhang magnanakaw ng manok. Hayyyy kadaming utu-uto

  • $8278216

    Baket hinde si arsobispo arguelles na lamang ang tumakbo sa senado?…..

    • UrHONOR

      KAHIT na baranggay tanod hindi yan mananalo!

  • repapips


  • mad_as_Hamlet

    You mean this con man Velarde is not in jail serving a life term for syndicated estafa?

    Ah! I see. No complainants.  “Money is the root of all evil.”  And this man helped many to get rid of it.  Through his pockets.  Same MO as in Arguelles’ Church.  And always with background music. 
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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_E3CE56OQVPC4RPYD2NR4VD3SUE Bert

    I will definitely consider most of the candidates endorsed by the good archbishop…

  • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

    these men of the cloth or so…..stay out of politics. Hindi iisang partido o faction ang nagsisimba so do not take them hostage of your political beliefs.

  • brunogiordano

    “4 senatorial bets, Mike Velarde’s partylist get Batangas bishop’s nod”

    Libre kaya ang endorsement ng bishops?????

    Alam ko INDULGENCIA mahal ang bayad.

    Political endorsement magkano kaya????

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    umandar na naman eyong hendot na bishop arguelles

  • Ping Gonzales

     I”m sure none of these named senatorial candidates will ever land in the 1st to the 15th placers this coming election mark my words ur emmiinence

  • brunogiordano

    Iyong ilan na natitirang mga maka-DAMASO baka iboto ang mga kandidato na ini-dorse ng mga OBISPO, kung ang mga maka-DAMASO ay registered voters.

  • abbaj



    HOHOHO….ARGUELLES….buti na lang at lumantad ka!  Ngayon makikita at masusubukan natin ang bisa, lakas, at galing ng kapangyarihan na nanggagaling sa diyos mo.  Pag hindi nanalong lahat ang mga na-endorse mo, mag-resign ka at mamundok sa Sierra Madre….nang sa gayon, mawalan ng isang salot at panggulo sa lipunan ang mga kabayan. 

  • $16638896

    so ano ngyn kung naendorse ni arguelles? talo lahat yan!


    UNA sa listahan ko ng RESIGNABLES ‘tong si ARGUELESS.

  • 33Sambuang2

    paputol ko ang akin padre damaso kung mananalo yang kandidato mo….. kakahiya ka

  • 33Sambuang2

    sige suportahan mo pa si mitos na tagadila ng puwit ni GMA. Pajero bishop ka talaga. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100004837923892 Cesar Pascual

    if the bishop is after money, why did he endorse senatorial bets who are practically penniless? why not endorse the incumbent senators and congressmen who have made millions from mooe, allowances, bonuses, and pork barrel?

    • epros

      Baka sa Lipa talunan ang mga iyan Bishop?

    • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

      ikaw naman bro si mitos tuta ni arroyo..karamiramihan ..anti HR hina naman ng pag iisip mo kabayan..itinatanong pa ba yan

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000189574189 Manuel Biason

    its about time that the church endorses candidates deserving of our votes. we will be guided by your endorsements come may….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHZM2FBNMXAKU6BSP24VH5W7GE Jose

    Binigyan ba Ito ng Pajero???

    • pioanonuevo

      hindi si velarde, mga pari catoliko tinutukoy niya siguro.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHZM2FBNMXAKU6BSP24VH5W7GE Jose

    Bishop, if your candidates win, then god is on your side and looks forward to your continuous campaign for the good of mankind.
    If your candidates loses, that means god has not forgotten your Pajero fiasco, and will reject any candidate you endorse, and that god is hoping you will read between the lies and get out of the church for you are a disgrace to the christiandom.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJ3EVCTQXRCB24IEJDP7G5YTB4 Jerry

    Ha? buhay pa si Vellarde? akala ko ano na…. naglaho na… lumitaw na naman para mag endorse kuno tapos magkapera na naman!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JJ3EVCTQXRCB24IEJDP7G5YTB4 Jerry

    Dapat, this early, mag endorso na ang Iglesia ni Cristo… hindi yong one day before election lang sila mag endorse… Dito natin malaman kung pangalanan na ng INC ngyon ang e-endorse nila ay mamanalo… hindi yong matataas lang ang rating sa survey and i-endforse, and one day before election

    • pioanonuevo

      Iyan ang style nila jerry. nagsusurvey sila sa mga barangay kung sino ang matunog pagmalapit na election iyon kunyari ang susuportahan nila bingo tumatama tapos bilib na ang mga tao sa kanila.

  • otire

    Hello Mike Velarde! nandyan ka na naman pala? Tamang-tama daming kagkakakitaan.

    • pioanonuevo

      hahaha biglang lumabas, buhay na naman, buhay papala. sasabihin na nanaman na may prayer rally sila sa kung saan-saan takobo naman ang mga kawawang tagasunod. 

  • superpilipinas

    These candidates are the best alternatives to

    TRAPOS, POLITICAL DYNASTIES, and worthless SHOWBIZ people like most of those in

    Team PNoy, UNA, NP, Lakas, PMP, LDP, etc.

  • superpilipinas

    These candidates will make it possible for us to have FOI and genuine good governance.

    Most of Team PNoy, UNA, and the other parties are afraid of FOI that would expose their incompetence and corruption.

  • okayayonip

    mga miembro ni mike velarde, kelan pa kayo magigising sa panlilinlang sa inyo. huwag paniwalaan ang huwad na mangangaral, iilang sitas sa Bibliya ang alam may kodiko pa. sinong mangangaral na ang mga panalangin ay palaging sa material na bagay tulad ng pera, samantalang ayaw eto ng Panginoon at ang sabi pa Niya ay mag-ipon ng yamang espiritu at hindi yamang material o nabubulok sa mundong eto. sa panahon ni Kristo ang aral Niya ay hindi na 10% o ikapu kung hindi magbigay ng idinidikta ng iyong puso. lahat ng negosyo ay pinasok ni velarde, religion at pulitika. 

    • pioanonuevo

      buti nga akala ko ako lang ang naiinis sa mga huwad na pastor, palaaaaakad-lakad kung mangaral, pabaaaalibaliktad ng payong. kawawang mga tagasunod.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZS723M7OQL5GJ43IEJMJUDDIY hanep

      Kasama sa  panlilinlang  dyan  ang  simbahang  katoliko sa  Pilipinas .

      Mga kunsintador  ang mga  damaso  sa  panloloko  !!!

  • http://www.pulisnapogi.blogspot.com/ Pulis Na Pogi

    as if may naniniwala pa sa mga pari at obispong ito…


    • pioanonuevo

      hahaha tama ka diyan pogi wala na ang mga iyan.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/X2U4X42BZTUHPWMP2UKFP5QWMU LucasPacascas

    Paldo paldo na naman itong si Mike Velarde.Para siyang mercenary. If the price is right ang panuntutan. . No offense meant sa mg El Shaddai members but this MIke Velarde is as crook as the politician we have. Tapos gagamitin pa ang Banal na Salita ng Diyos. Shame on you Mr. Velarde!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZS723M7OQL5GJ43IEJMJUDDIY hanep

      Korek  ka  dyan Preng Lucas.  Ang problema ,  kinukunsinte nitong si  Arguelles
      ang  panloloko nitong  si  Velarde sa mga  desperado  at  pobreng mangmang
      na  mga miyembro nila.

      Galing ng raket nitong si Velarde. Totoo kaya na  may mansion sa Tagaytay 
      sya ?

  • vaporub123

    hindi naman kailangan pa ipamalita ng mga obispo o pari ang kanilang mga kandidato na eendorso kung hindi sila binayaran o kaya nagdonate ng malaking halaga ang mga kandidato sa kanila.dapat lang hindi na pansinin ng media ang mga ganitong pakulo ng mga obispo.

  • $44283639

    archbishop arguelles relax ka lang set your boundaries

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZS723M7OQL5GJ43IEJMJUDDIY hanep

    The Unholy Alliance  is complete  between  the  Philippine  Catholic  Church  and
    these  parasitic  pseudo –  religious  groups  who  exploit  its  desperate  , poor  and
    ignorant  flocks.  Bishop  Arguelles  and  the  church  are  fully aware  of   how
    these  fake  religious  groups  corrupt   the  political  process  but   they  just
    look  the  other way.

    Talk  about  sins  of  omission  and  hypocrisy !!  


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