Villanueva, Hagedorn forgot media in campaign motorcade


Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn and Bro. Eddie Villanueva

MANILA, Philippines—An undisclosed number of Manila-based media entities, including the Inquirer, failed to cover the Easter Sunday motorcade of independent senatorial candidates Bro. Eddie Villanueva and Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward Hagedorn in Bulacan province.

Why? Because Villanueva’s media handlers forgot to tell them in advance about the event.

In a text message to this reporter, the Bangon Pilipinas party’s lone senatorial bet said he was “sorry” and had no idea why his media team “failed to inform you and the others.”

“We are in the middle of heavy traffic on MacArthur Highway between Bocaue and Balagtas” towns in Bulacan, reported Villanueva.

Their motorcade started around 6 a.m. in the municipality of Meycauayan.  The leader of the Jesus is Lord church said at that time that they expected to reach San Miguel town around lunchtime on Sunday.

Malou Tiquia, a public relations practitioner handling Villanueva’s media concerns, promptly apologized for the oversight.

“It happens in a campaign that started late and with all the problems that attend to it. What can we do but just pick up the pieces and more forward,” she explained.

One of her staff promised to send a press release and accompanying motorcade photos later in the day.

Villanueva and Hagedorn earlier agreed to join forces to boost their chances of winning in next May’s midterm polls.

The evangelist finalized his alliance with Hagedorn during his recent visit to the Palawan capital.

In a statement, Villanueva said “Mayor Hagedorn and I have come up with an unwritten covenant to support each other’s senatorial campaign.”

“He is a long-time friend. He shares in principle my belief that no one should be left out of the country’s economic growth, which sits at the core of my advocacy of being the voice of the saguiguilid, or the country’s marginalized sectors, in the Senate…As part of our understanding, we will be jointly conducting certain provincial campaign sorties in Davao and Bulacan,” he noted.

The JIL church head has been pushing for his party platform, which he refers to as the “3Es,” short for “Economiyang Agresibo at Walang Napag-iiwanan, Edukasyon na Napapanahon at Entre-Pinoy na Masang Pilipino ang Nangunguna at Nakikinabang.”

After launching his senatorial bid on February 12 with a big rally at the Bulacan Provincial Capitol gymnasium in Malolos City, Villanueva conducted campaign sorties in various parts of Central Luzon; Southern Tagalog; Central Visayas; and Western, Northern and Southern Mindanao, among other regions nationwide.

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  • patawad

    Wag kayo maniwal diyan kay Villanueva!!!!!!

  • Brax82

    Wag nyo nga itabe pangalan ni Hagedorn kay Villanueva. mga Aquino at Villanueva parehong bulok ang style ng pagbabanalbanalan. Mga Noytards at Abnormal lng maniniwala sa kanila.

    • adriel0104

      hoy punasan mo ang laway nang anak mo na abnormal.

      • Brax82

        Di ko anak si Pnoy!

  • epal_ako

    how is this even a news??? so what if they forgot to inform the media of their sorties??? geez… and for an evangelist to mix politics with religion to dupe people is a big no-no for me!

    • DeaDMoRo

      It became news because the two persons involved in the story are newsmakers.. and bakit nasabi mo that a man of religion going to politics is duping the people? how about Among Ed of Pampanga?

      • popeyee

        Mr. Ed is a resigned priest…

      • DeaDMoRo

        The same with Villanueva i heard he already resigned from whatever position he had with JIL. The constitution and by-laws in their church does not prohibit their church officials from entering politics as long as they have to relinquish their positions from the church, and it’s ok for them to go back to church duties once they’re done with politics. They cannot have both roles at the same time. I’m sure the Vatican Church have similar guidelines..

  • oscar gomez

    Huh? What’s this headline about? Inquirer news person playing prima donna, or a slow- news Easter weekend?

  • farmerpo

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA………..and I thought media covers relevant events, not invited to events……yooooo……..How much to get my birthday covered? Yung may video siyempre!!!!

    • RegineMarfie

      (◠‿◠) ))))))))

    • James McTangay

      onli in d Pilipines!!!

  • venfil29

    hagedorn iboboto ko yan, may principio na politico at environmentalist

    • adriel0104

      ya right!tell it to the loggers in palawan..

      • Milesaway

        Isama nyo boto namin pamilya para kina Hagedorn at Gordon…

  • boldyak

    magbayad lang ang siang kandidato sa isang reporter, ayus na….maheadline ka na agad…kahit walang katuturan na balita… is also corrupted..

  • boldyak

    mayaman na yan si villanueva sa mga 10% na nakukuhna nya galingsa pinagpawisan ng sakop nya…hay

    • De Mesa Aron

      Eh sino iboboto mo? Yung tatakbong senador na kapangalan lang ng tatay o kamaganak? Yung mga dating senador na wala naman nagawa na hindi ko naramdaman ang pagbabago? Oh yung mga sikat lang dahil magaling magsalita sa TV, yung mga hiwalay sa asawa? Oh ung may takot s diyos? Masama ba maglingkod ang isang pastor sa kababayan niya?

  • Rolly257

    Political clout and tithes are not enough…Villanueva wants power as well.

  • RegineMarfie


  • Monsi Serrano

    Mukhang kahabag-habag si Villanueva oh. Pero ang nakakatawa, nung tinanong siya sa isang morning show sa TV kung saan napupunta ang mga abuloy na nakukuha niya sa kanyang mga alagad ay hindi niya masagot. Ito talagang si Pastor Pulpol, desperado na talaga. Nahuthutan na si Pacman ngayon nagpaendorse pa. Di bale, hindi mananalo ang “False Prophet” na ito… Binulungan nga daw siya ng Diyos na tumakbo sa pagkapresidente pero hindi nanalo 2 beses pa yun ha. Nagmamadali siya kasi Linggo may TONG COLLECTION sa simbahan nya. AMEN??? Hindi, AKEN lang sabi ni Villanueva. Hehehe

    • James McTangay

      baka naman i-endorse sila ng Iglesia Ni Manalo?

  • Olibo

    A Bola and Bully team.

  • hardyakka

    Si Brother Ed walang kasawa-sawa sa talo, ano ba yan?

  • hardyakka

    Si Brother Ed walang kasawa-sawa sa talo…Ano ba Yan?

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