This ‘Lone Ranger’ takes fight for change from pulpit to podium

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Eddie Villanueva was an “atheist” before he became the leader of arguably the biggest Christian group in the Philippines — the Jesus is Lord Movement (JILM).

His transformation from non-believer to devout Christian and Marxist-Leninist ideologue to evangelist are the stuff local movies are made of, for which he admits, he’s had offers to do.

But the life story of Brother Eddie is larger than any movie, highlighted by his decision to enter the “dirty” world of politics in 2004 and again in 2010 when he ran for president on a platform of reform and moral uprightness.

It is his same campaign platform now that he is running for senator in the 2013 mid-term elections so much so that he has likened himself to the “lone ranger”, a fictional cowboy hero who fought the bad guys.

He admits that he has discouraged his two sons —  Eduardo “Jon-Jon” and Joel Villanueva — from entering politics, warning them against its pitfalls and urging them instead to be active with the JILM.

He says they assured him, however that “if the Lord calls them to become pastors, then they will obey”. So Brother Eddie says he let them go. His eldest, Jon-Jon is mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan where Brother Eddie  himself has lived while Joel is former Representative of CIBAC, a partylist group against graft and coruption.

Brother Eddie remains hopeful that he too will be given the opportunity to serve the people not only from the pulpit but from the podium of the Legislature as well.

More of the interview by INQUIRER.net on Brother Eddie Villanueva on INQuest: Vote 2013.

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  • Twister12

    Being an Atheist give you no fame & money, religion is.

    • Billy Reyes

      the facts shows that countries in the world that Religion belief are dominant. Are those countries that are
      1. poor
      2. Crime & violence are high.
      3. people are more ignorant domed with extreme belief.
      The facts also show that those countries that more Atheist exist are more contribution to the World in helping poverty, environmental protection. etc.,
      Because they far better in economy, disciplined people……..

      • Leo

        Helping poverty? Environmental Protection? Russia and China are both known Atheist states.
        Dyan lang ang airport.

    • buttones

      And you get no religious holidays as well- bit of a bummer realy….

  • vin reyes

    ang taong nabubuhay at sinasamantala ang aral at pangalan ni kristo o jesus..para makakuha ng mga “pledges”…sabagay kanya-kanyang raket lang naman yan..

    • makabayanlang

      korek!!!bottom line ay pera at pera pa ren talaga..walang contentment sa JIL gusto pang pasukin ng pasukin ang politika for power at para sa proteksyon ng mga business interests nila.walang sincerity sa plataporma neto:(

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        korekek… hindi nakontento sa tithes…

      • tarikan

        Hindi kaya sila Bro. and Sons ang may-ari ng mga “kabaret” diyan sa Bocaue? More fun in that place ah! Baka naman mali ako, sorry.

    • sanjuan683

      Kung ikaw ba isang professor sa isang unibersidad magtuturo ka ba ng wala sahod siguro naman hindi ka tanga at naiintindihan mo yun.

      • tarikan

        Ano ba ang tinuturo ni Bro. Eddie? “yung contribution nyo dun ilagay, oo diyan sa malaking kahon na yan, maraming kahon yan kung napapansin nyo mga kapatid”. “Sabi ni Lord, kausap ko kanina bago tayo nagsimula, salamat daw muli”.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        at sabi ni Lord dahil nagbigay kayo sa contribution sa kampanya, yan ay ibabalik sa inyo ng tamang sukat siksik, liglig at umaapaw (tulad ng aking bulsikot)

      • juanpedro de jose

        parang inamin mo rin na ang relihiyon ay pera pera lang din…. sabagay walang pastor o pari na naghihirap…

  • vin reyes

    sana after ng election alamin ng comelec kung saan nanggagaling ang mga pondo ng mga kandidatong ito…

    • John_Galt_II

      Hindi na kailangan ang Comelec. Alam na ng lahat na galing sa pandurugas ang pondo ng mga yan!

      • Lakan Dupil

        Ang puso John…may pinaghuhugutan ba yang puso mo?Baka kailangan mo ng magpahinga.

  • tiriring

    I don’t think Eddie V can combine spiritual and political interest in his daily routine.
    He will end up a hypocrite.

    • boldyak

      he is one already…

    • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

      John 7:24 Jesus Said “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
      and he repeat it again

      • boldyak

        that is what we are doing…judging correctly…

  • MULEN

    Eddie Villanueva is just too ambitious to the point that it has become an unhealthy obsession. After two futile attempts at the presidency, he’s now downgrading himself to a lower national position but it’s obvious that he’s not cut out for that position either. Naging lider lang ng isang sekta kala niya ganoon na lang kadaling pasukin ang mundo ng pulitika. Sabagay libre ang mangarap and it helps that he still commands influence to his minions. Isang utos lang bigay agad sa kinikilalang propeta, pang-ambag sa anumang maisipang gawin nito.

    • Lakan Dupil

      Remember Abraham Lincoln.His failure in his political career. Hindi sya tumigil para sa kanyang pangarap. Sa tamang panahon- nagwagi. Parang ikaw Mulen, hindi ka tumitigil para sa iyong nais.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        si lincoln yun boy… hindi si eddie… sa may 16, post ka naman dito… i cocongatulate kita… kung mananalo ang manok mong server of 2 masters.

      • sanjuan683

        Si Lincoln at Eddie parehong tao yun wala naman pagkakaiba. Kung gusto maglinkod ng isang tao pabayaan muna lang sila. Ikaw nakapaglinkod ka na ba sa kapwa mo? May panahon ka pa tumakbo sa pagka-presidente baka sakali masagip mo ang kahirapan ng bansa.

        Two masters lang pala pero kapag nanalo ka bilang presidente higit pa sa two master ang paglilingkuran mo. Millions tao ang paglilingkuran mo tanga.

      • tarikan

        Si Eddie Lincoln ay ibang-iba kay sa Abraham Villanueva. Si Eddie Lincoln ay walang ilang milyon katao na nauuto sa pagbigay ng contribution. Si Eddie Lincoln ay hindi nangako ng langit sa mga taong uto-utong nagco-contribute. Eddie Lincoln fought for the downtrodden. Abraham Villanueva fought for his people’s contributions.

      • pinoy_abno

        Amen!

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        NAGMUMURA NA ITONG SI SANJUAN 683 NA BATA NI EDDIE OH… TALAGANG MASAMA ANG LOOB NA NATALO SI EDDIE BIY SA 2 PANGPANGULUHAN ELEKSYON… TALAGANG NANINIWALA SIYANG MANANALO ANG KULELAT NA PREACHER NIYANG AMBISYOSO.. HOY SAN JUAN GISING…. MAY PRAY KA NA PAKALIWAGIN NI LORD ANG ISIP NG AMBISYOSO MONG EVANGLIHIS.. (HUWAG KANG MAGMURA BAKA DI KA MAKAPASOK SA LANGIT NIYAN.. MAKASAMA MO ANG AMO MO..

      • pinoy_abno

        si satanas kasi ang bumulong kay Villanueva na tumakbo siya nuon bilang president kaya hindi nanalo….hindi lang niya na-decipher agad. Pero ngayon sigurado na siya na ang Diyos niya ang bumulong sa kanya para tumakbo sa senado.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        kaso 12 lang ang kukuning senador, nasa number 20 siya… imposible… baka sagutin ng mga bata niya “walang imposible sa diyos”.. o kay nora aunor “walang himala”…

    • tarikan

      Brother, kaming mga JIL members hindi na kailangan utusan magbigay kami na ang kusang nagbibigay kasi sabi ni Bro. Eddie sa amin “I am not forcing you to give but it is compulsory”, Lol. Tsaka lagi nyang nakakausap si Lord eh kung hindi kami magbigay baka magsumbong.

      • MULEN

        Lol. Parang naging fixer si Eddie Villanueva. Ayaw ilalakad ang lisensya mo papasok sa langit kung alang bigay na pampadulas.

      • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

        OO NG ANO, BAKA MAGSUMBONG HE HEHE.. dumerekta ka na lang kasi kay LOrd,,,, kunin mo direct line niya… bakit parang pari ang turing mo kay eddie , kailangan pa ng tulay…wala ka pang gastos kung rekta tarikan..

      • tarikan

        Sabi ni Bro. Eddie sa amin eh mga close confidant laang daw ang binibigyan ni Lord ng direct line. Si Bro. Eddie laang ang tanging nakakausap ni Lord, kami second hand news na laang. Aywan ko kung sino sa kanila ang nangbobola si Lord ba o si Bro. Eddie. Walang humpay ang usapan nila lalo na sa gabi, hagikhik ng tawa si Buknoy. Para bang nasisiraan na ng kind itong taga Bocaue.

      • pinoy_abno

        magkano ba ang singilan….para hindi ako isumbong ni mang eddie!

      • pinoy_abno

        ngayon alam ko na raket ni mang eddie. dahil alam niya na maraming kurakot at masamang tao sa senado. madali niya mauuto ang mga ito at sasabihin niya na kapag walang padulas magsusumbong siya kay Lord! lagot sila…..galing talaga ni eddie…..sige na nga boto ko na siya dahil smart naman pala kahit hunghang!

      • tarikan

        Iboto mo pre at pagnanalo baka magtakda ng araw na libre ang lahat sa kabaret nya diyan sa Bocaue, hehehe. See you there, pre.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

    …”Brother Eddie remains hopeful that he too will be given the opportunity
    to serve the people not only from the pulpit but from the podium of the
    Legislature as well’..HE THINK HE CAN DO THAT AT THE SAME TIME HUH?..if he think he is a servant of God, do you think God will give him two separate and distinct function at the age of 66? It` s not God`s will, it is his own caprice… “He admits that he has discouraged his two sons — Eduardo “Jon-Jon” and
    Joel Villanueva — from entering politics, warning them against its
    pitfalls and urging them instead to be active with the JIL” …..Come on, eddie, be an example first to your two sons….its hypocritic words from you,,,if you discourage them, then discourage yourself first. Pull out from running, you will never win… Preach the word….

  • makabayanlang

    so hypocrite….ginagamit pa ang religion to pursue his other ambitions.hindi pa nakuntento na sa JIL lang pwede naman silang makatulong/kung talagang selfless siya dapat mag serve na lang sila sa church nila. power hungry den pala etong pamilya na to.pag sinimulan nyong iupo paisa isa ang mga myembro ng pamilya nyan mamaya may political dynasty na ren yan!

    • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

      John 7:24 Jesus Said “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

  • Jomex

    Apparently Villanueva realized there is so much money to be had in religion so he quit being an atheist.

  • Jomex

    Religious candidates like Villanueva and the Kapatiran candidates are themselves promoting dynasties in politics. They dont have relatives in politics but they do have something more insidious: their religion. They promote the interests of their respective religions. They don’t listen to the people, they listen to the wishes of their priests, bishops and pastors. So dont vote them into office.

    • chitetskoy

      sige iboto na natin ang mga magnanakaw, mga mamamatay-tao, mga komunista, mga sinungaling, mga coup plotters, pati ang mga walang karanasan na ayaw humarap sa debate.

      • Jomex

        you dont understand, sila Villanueva, Lito David, Delos Reyes at iba pang religious candidates ay walang pinagkaiba sa mga magnanakaw, mamamatay tao, sinungaling etc

      • pinoy_abno

        mas pipiliin kung iboto ang lantarang komunista, sinungaling at iba pa….kaysa kay Villanueva na nagtatago sa panglan nang kanyang Diyos….pero sa totoo lang isa rin siyang sinungaling, manloloko at nagpayaman sa paghihirap nang mga miyembro niya sa kanyang kulto!

  • pfckulapu_parin

    Vote E.V. for senator…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Krizz-Ibarra/100000181696874 Krizz Ibarra

    first get rich from private donations. then get rich from the public coffers. it is more fun in the philippines

  • Lakan Dupil

    Yes we will vote for Bro Eddie Villanueva. Kung si JV,Jack Enrile, Nancy Binay, Tingting Cojuangco, Bam Aquino, Grace Poe din lang naman ang pagpipilian aba..sa may maituturing na may karanasan na. Baka mabigla kayo..Eddie Villanueva ay # 3 mananalo sa darating na election.

    • John_Galt_II

      Bopols! bakit kailangan piliin mo ang mga yon. Wag ka na lang bumoto!

      • Lakan Dupil

        He he sino ang nagsasalita? Sino ang nag-iisip?

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      GISING GISING LAKAN DUPIL… Binabangungut ka hoy…..

    • sanjuan683

      Amen, lahat ng independent senatorial candidates ang aking iboboto, sawang-sawang na ako sa mga trapo at yun bumabalik pa sa gobierno.

    • tarikan

      Hindi papayag si Lord na bata nya # 3 laang? Eh di (not Eddie) masisira ang image ni Lord (Jesus Is…) kung hindi # 1 ang bata nya. Para que pa na naging bata ni Lord? Ibig sabihin ang bata ni Heart na # 2 eh mas mataas pa sa bata ni Lord? O kaya bata ni Antonio L. na # 1 eh lamang pa sa bata ni Lord?

      • pinoy_abno

        nakataas pa ang kamay at habang tumatalon sumisigaw ako nang “praise the lo*d”!….NOT!

    • Josef Paul

      Another prophet of doom. Ganyan din sinabi ni Villanueva mananalo siya dahil binulungan siya ng Dios. Papaputol ko ang uten ko pagnanalo siya. Ang tanong papaputol mo din ba ang sayo pag natalo siya? Take the challenge… Diba kakampi nyo ang Diyos?

  • John_Galt_II

    Sira ulo ang animal na to!

    • Lakan Dupil

      Bakit animal John?

      • Billy Reyes

        because we are an animal.. ha ha ha

  • leodegardompruna

    It seems to be the trend that the glitter of power and money would make one switch from being God fearing to gold filling/mining individual.

    • George Malaki

      judge not!…. why dont you guys just try him this time…. pag wlang nangyari, then let us all leave the post to the dogs……

      • pinoy_abno

        bakit pa dapat subukan…..ibigay na ngayon pa lang sa aso ang posisyon…

  • johnny jose

    am not infavor of thi decision to run. in the bible, u cannot serve 2 masters. but what is he doing. they are using their new found denomination.

    • George Malaki

      ur right! u can not serve two masters in the bible. but did u continue reading the verse? it’s about choosing between God and evil. If he will be a senator and doing evil and praising God, that’s serving two masters. but if he is doing good for the country as senator and still praising his God? may contradiction ba dun? U CAN NOT SEPARATE GOD FROM ALL ASPECT OF OUR LIFE! peace y’all!!!

      • tarikan

        ALL ASPECTS OF OUR LIVES! Man, ya’ll have peace indeed.

  • Magsasaka

    kahit ngayon naman walang diyos ang pukang nang yan eh, ginagamit lang ang diyos para makapangloko, hindi ba sinabi nya pinagkandidato ng diyos sa pagkapangulo, ang dami kasing nauutong mangmang kapag nababangit na ang pangalan ng diyos.

    • tarikan

      Sabi ng diyos ni hindi ko nakakausap yang Brother Eddie nyo yun pang i-annoint ko para maging presidente nyo? Sa dami nang kumakausap daw sa kanya eh nalilito na raw siya. Merun diyan boksingero, gusto lagi syang panalo eh papano naman yong isa na taga Mexico. At saka pag sya raw ay talagang nakausap personal (hindi paraanin sa mga alipores nya) ni Bro. Eddie eh di siya na ang presidente nyo sa ngayon.

  • Juan Der Ful

    Brod Eddie dpa ba sapat kinikita mo sa simbahan mo? Tama na yan, wag ka na makisawsaw pa sa politics. Pampagulo ka lang eh.

    • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

      John 7:24 Jesus Said “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

      And Apostle Luke reminding us
      “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

      • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

        Ang demonyo magaling ding magquote sa Bible for their own whim and caprices.

  • George Malaki

    lets vote for the gamblers, liars, theft, womanizers, killers, adulterers. we don’t need God-fearing in the senate, in the government, in the school, in the mayor’s office and their administration… let’s give the positions to them. say agree!

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      dis agree..never to a tithe collector..never to a man who can not say weder he is pro gay or not, or same sex marriage or not , who agreed that divorce will be legalized despite of introducing himself as a Christian. never to a man who agree that the Philippines will be the future Sodom and Gomorrah…

    • Simplify1

      Sayang and boto para kay bro eddie, talo na maliwanag yan. oras na iboto yang si bro eddie, tiyak pasok sa magic 12 si nancy, jv at jackie…. dapat straight PINOY TEAM (all 12) para di makalusot yung tatlong unggoy na yan…

      The real choice this coming elections is, which would you rather do? Vote independents who will never figure out even within the top 15 and see nancy, jv and jackie in the senate? or vote straight TEAM PINOY, para tyak wala yung tatlong dagdag na pang gulo sa senado?

  • Teresita Sy

    i smell money

  • Magsasaka

    huwag nating iboto ang hunyangong ito, iboto natin ang mga hindi kilala

  • chitetskoy

    daming mga anti. sige na iboto na ninyo ang mga magnanakaw, murderer, rapist, komunista, terorista, sinungaling, coup plotters… imbes na isang maka-Dios, para sa senado, mayor, vice mayor, councilor, etc.

    • tarikan

      If we had many such successful senatorial candidates as Bro. Eddie, we’d be assured of clean politics. Siya ang bata ni Lord therefore he can’t go wrong, right? Wrong!

    • pinoy_abno

      maka-Dios is mang eddie……you’re right……raket lang niya yun……hindi mo kilala ang totoong eddie…..tignan mo ang estado ni eddie ngayon kumpara noong early 80s

      • Guest

        KUMUSTA KAYA ANG INCOME TAX RETURN NYA… lusot?

  • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

    In the book of John
    John 7:24 Jesus Said “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”
    and he repeat it again
    John 8:15 “You judge by human standards; I pass judgment on no one.

    And Apostle Luke reminding us
    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

    Pray and Vote, don’t make your decision out of emotion.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      apostle na pala si Luke…?? kala ko 12 lang… he he plus one si Paul.. Well we will vote for reason not because of emotion… and not for religion.. and not of doubted ambition.

  • venfil29

    ang laki ng bahay at ang gaganda ng mga sasakyan ni bro eddie at ng kanyang mga anak,dati hindi naman sila ganon mayaman pero ng maging active sa jilm biglang naging mayaman.Ito ang example ng ginagamit ang diyos para sa kanyang personal na interest.Mga kahilera ito ng mga pari,mga pastor ng ibang religious sect,si bro mike velarde.Sabi nila sila lang maliligtas sabi ko naman kung kayo ang makakasama ko kung maliligtas ako di bale ng hwag maligtas.

    • gentrytown

      yun lang pinapa-renta ni mike velarde na monobloc chairs tuwing may rally sa luneta eh malaki na ang kita nila doon…considering na napupunta sa simbahan at kawang-gawa as he alleged, imposible naman na walang mapupunta sa kanyang bulsa

  • farmerpo

    Dirty politics means money and no payback… so, those who can afford, all aboard!!!!!!!!!

  • go88

    perhaps he was an “atheist” before he discovered that church is a tax free business?

    Church/sect is the best business in the PI, you’ll earn big without investing anything and don’t need to pay anything to the state, in fact it’s the politicians who will pay you when they’ll need votes..

    • gentrytown

      true…pera-pera lang yan madali kasing bilugin ang ulo ng masang pilipino

  • http://www.facebook.com/ernesto.y.tolentino Ernesto Y. Tolentino

    This is the kind of guy we should have as President.

    • Billy Reyes

      i am very sad for your brain

      • http://www.facebook.com/rima.lopez.1 Rima Lopez

        No. You should be sad for your brain billy not his. LOL

      • Billy Reyes

        rima you want tak tak boom boom…

    • anton kinuton

      isa ka pa…tumahimik ka nga diyan!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Abdul-Rashid/100004367910013 Abdul Rashid

    These Christians “kuno” running for politics are misguided and ignorant. Claiming themselves to be wise they become fools. If you truly are a Christian then you would not be involved in politics. ” No man that warraeth entangles himself to the affairs of this world”. Because God’s kingdom is not of this world. “If any man love the world the love of the father is not in him. 1John 2:15 We are fighting a spiritual war. Pliticians? let them be>

    • hustlergalore

      bakit wala yan sa bibliya ng Iglesia ni Manalo, Inc.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      • gentrytown

        thats right…mother theresa should be a good example for these self proclaimed leaders of the faithful

  • Magsasaka

    lone ranger daw baka WRONG RANGER

  • hustlergalore

    in fairness, buhay na buhay pa rin ang pangarap ni bro. eddie villanueva na maging pulitiko bago niya tinatag ang jesus is lord. tumakbo siya noon nasa kolehiyo (kung aking natatandaan) ngunit natalo.

    mukhang magandang move yan. magtatag muna ng church. LOL

  • hustlergalore

    pero bakit si joel villanueva. two faced? LOL

  • tarikan

    Being an “atheist” brings no money so he (Bro. Eddie) became the leader of JIL, a hard-giving (contribution) Christian movement. Being a Marxist-Leninist ideologue also brings no money and even a riskier proposition so he used his JIL movement to launch his political “suicide”. He discouraged his two sons to enter the “dirty world of politics” but let them go after the Lord intervened. Is that soooo? What did you tell the Lord? “Sayang din naman ang makukuha doon”? One-time loser — a has been. Two-time loser — has-had been. Three-time loser–manhid!

  • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

    hindi na nagigising si eddie na tuwing mag popost o may naisusulat sa kanya, san damakmak ang negative? ibig sabihin mahirap na maloko ang mga filipino, nawalan na sila ng tiwala sa mga pastor eh dahil sa mga nakikita nila araw araw.. ibig sabihin hindi na maikakaila. tapos may mga lingkod pa kunyari na hihingi ng boto?… ito naman mga pastor na galing sa kanya kunyari, eh nag rerecruit pa na mga katabing pastor, kala naman nila mapapapasok nila ang mga matitinong pastor sa politika niya.. Kayong mga nagpapautong mga kawan kunyari, tumigil na kayo… wag na kayong magpagod, hindi lalabas yang alaga nyo. Magturo na lang kayo ng salita ng Dios para may pakinabang sa inyo, hindi yung nakadilaw kayo na sigaw ng sigaw sa kalye…a itoktok ng jeep. maawa kayo sa mga kristiano. huwag mo silang gamitin pleeeaseee..

  • Nelson Dino

    Kailangan’ ay may mailagay na may relasyon sa Diyos sa Senado o ano mang sangay ng Gobyerno dahil marami ang panukala o batas sa Gobyerno na against sa will ng Diyos sa ating bansa kaya’t ang resulta nito ay hindi maganda. Si Bro Eddie at least Biblical kaya’t base siya sa Scripture or God’s will for us na ang resulta’y pagpapala.

    • Josef Paul

      Kahit si Satanas magaling magquote sa Bible. Read Temptation of Jesus, Matthew 4:1-15

    • pinoy_abno

      si satanas magaling rin sa bibliya….parang si Villanueva….bakit kaya? kayo na ang bahalang mag-conclude..

  • ric

    Ang daling manira subalit mahirap magbigay ng solusyon. But I believe Bro. Eddie has many solution to the ailing problem of the nation sayang subalit marami pa ring pilipino ay bumuboto according to survey and only to winnability. Matagal pa ang ating pagsulong kapag ganito ng ganito. Bro Eddie & Hagedorn for the senate. God bless us all. God bless the Philippines.

    • MULEN

      It should start from him. Instead of pocketing the billions of tithes to further enrich himself, he should start giving the money back to the people who need them the most.

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      mas bilib ako kay hagedorn, kitang kita ang “cause” niya sa palawan, no religion involve.. walang contribution, walang ikapu, walang mistrel na tagakanta, walang gamitan ng Biblia..walang kaduda dudang background.Si Eddie, full of doubts ans kanyang plataforma.. ang sumira sa kanya, ang kanyang “publicized word na “binulungan siya ni LOrd”…second ang political-religious alliance niya sa Quibolonian (the appointed son of God). Nginig ang ulo niya sa ka eeexplain bakit niya ginawa iyon.. (nagmao pa yata).. KAKAHIYA… Christian ba yan… hihihi. Banal na ____ Santong ____ natatawa ako hi hi hi hi… Preach the true word eddie, get out of politics.. wag ka maniwala sa mga nasa tabi mo, di mo mga friends yan…

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyra.leads Kyra Leads

    why do politicians have to use their religion in gaining votes? what voters need to know about candidates is their platforms, their advocacies, and their capabilities to become a public official/ public servant and not their religious beliefs.

    • pinoy_abno

      marami kasing mga naïve na botante na kapag nakita nila na nagdarasal kuno ang politician sigurado raw mabait….at hindi raw gagawa masama.

  • Chevalier

    The guy is really suffering from delusion of grandeur and messianic complex. He tried to lead on his flock and even get their money to finance his two failed presidential bids by telling them, GOD whispered to him to run “para IBANGON ang PILIPINAS”. But if he really heard GOD’s voice, why did GOD fail him? Would GOD make an empty promise like satan? Definitely not. Perhaps, he was using GOD’s name in vain for personal gain. Ngayong pudpod na yung dialogue nya na “binulungan siya ng Dios”, ang ginagamit niya ng campaign gimmick, tutulong sa saguiguilid. Alam mo brother, wag mo ng gamitin ang mga mananampalataya mo. Kawawa naman sila. They are there because they have spiritual and emotional poverty and hunger. They are donating their few money because you made them believe that you are GOD sent. If you are GOD sent, why focus on the worldly matter? Why not store treasures up in heaven instead of longing to serve both GOD and money? Which is which? You cannot serve two masters. Kasi naubos na ang pera ng simbahan nyo sa kakatakbo mo, ngayon naman pera ng bayan ang gusto mo? May kaswapangan ka din ako?

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      well said chevalier… eddie makinig ka sa sinabi ni chevalier, GASGAS NA NAG SALITANG “BINULUNGAN KA NG DIOS”… HUWAG MO NANG ISIPING BANGUNIN ANG PILIPINAS, BAKA YUNG 6.5 ECO INCREASE MAPURNADA PA.. ANG IBANGON MO, YUNG NASIRA MONG PANGALAN SA 2 MONG UNA AT PANGALAWANG PAGKATALO, MALAKI LAKI RING GASTUSAN YUN, KAHIT NINDI MO AMININ. YUNG MAY NARIRINIG KANG BULONG NGAYON BILANG KAKANDIDATONG SENADOR.. EH MALAMANG DELUSYON NA NGA SIGURO YAN… MAG PRAYER RALLY KLA NA LANG ULI…MAS OKEY PA YAN..

      • MULEN

        He should seek medical intervention-ASAP. If he constantly hears voices-and claiming that they’re God’s- and finding out later that it’s far from the truth, malaking problema sa utak na iyan.

  • gentrytown

    ang tunay na pagsisilbi sa Diyos at sa kapwa ay hindi nangangailangan ng pagpasok sa pulitika….depende na kung ano talaga ang nasasaloobin ni EV bakit gusto niyang pasukin ang pulitika at siya lang ang makakasagot niyan

  • http://www.facebook.com/kyra.leads Kyra Leads

    for all voters, PLEASE vote wisely. vote someone who has integrity.

  • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

    Enough of those who pretend to be religious like Eddie Villanueva, Greco Belgica and many more. Are they supposed to take care of the spiritual needs of their flock instead of leaving them because they salivate in the pork barrel given to the politicians specially the ones in Congress and Senate?

    When I started the group Stop Corruption Philippines in Facebook, just like you, I was sick and tired of corruption going on in the country. I invited some friends from all walks of life in the group. They are my colleagues in the media, local and national politicians, police officers, doctors, nurses, fashion designers, businessmen, youth, students, immigrants, OFWs, retired professionals, foreigner friends who love our country and decided to live here for good and many more. For sure, they share the same frustration about corruption and the intense desire to combat our country’s social malady that has been metastasizing for so many years now not only in the government but also in other sectors.

    Now, let me focus on an important upcoming event – the election on May 13. Again, we will be electing new sets of politicians both in the local and national level with a hope that our country will improve significantly under their leadership. Unfortunately, a lot of those running who say they will make our lives better are the same individuals who’ve spent a whole career in politics on empty promises. Are we to elect them again or the ones in their families to whom they’ve passed on the torch of ineptitude? What have we gotten out of electing someone with a familiar surname? Oftentimes, none. Wala. Nothing. Nada. Zilch. Kaput.

    I remember when someone emailed me asking who I think should we vote for and I said, “Let’s try the new breed of politicians.” While I have nothing against those who have proven themselves to be worthy of being nominated again and whose parents’ legacy to the country is beyond reproach (Jun Magsaysay, Dick Gordon, Koko Pimentel) I will not hesitate to give them another chance. But those who lied, abused their position during their time and whose character is highly questionable, they don’t deserve an iota of chance to serve even in the barangay level.

    It is disturbing to see candidates resorting to the most pathetic gimmickry like fabricating wife-beater stories and having that trash reported on the six o’clock news. The accuser – despite being refuted by the alleged battered wife – showed no remorse in his false finger-pointing. In fact, just last Sunday in a TV program he was asked if he stood by his allegation and he said “yes.”

    Another candidate, the daughter of an ultra big politician, climbs up the stage to with even bigger zest for a senatorial seat – notwithstanding the fact she lacks experience in taking such a high post in Congress. Claiming to be the assistant of her father in the Republic of Makati when he was mayor, she thinks the Senate is hers for the taking while she’s not even qualified to run for barangay kagawad. I was asked: “How come she’s been shying away from debates?” My reply: “She’s Air Force – 99-percent air and 1-percent force.” No pun intended for our chivalrous airmen.

    As time ticks closer to the May 13 polls, so many voters are still undecided and confused on whether or not to believe what they see and hear on TV and radio campaign ads. If you ask me, they’re all too good to be true.

    In my mind, these are the simple guidelines in choosing the right candidates. First, if their names “ring a bell,” check the track record of those who served before him/her. They must be clean of corruption, lies and deceit. When you Google the track record of their parents, it is not just what projects they want to flaunt but what crimes they wanted to hide. Why take chances on the children of corrupt officials? Remember that a fruit never falls far from the tree.

    Second, if they are new, check also their past. Not all new candidates are good. I remember one of the new senatorial candidates lied through his teeth when he said he was not expelled from Ang Buhay Partylist where he used to be the Sectoral Representative. He even corrected the host that her statement was untrue. But before terminating the show, the TV network was smart enough to prove that the candidate lied and presented the actual video clip of the candidate before wherein it was proven that this new candidate lied despite that the TV show was aired nationwide. If he did that on TV, how likely would he do the same, lying to the people he is courting for a vote?

    Lastly, ensure that the candidate has clear, practical and SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Time-bound) programs for us especially to those who have less. If the programs sound like “pie in the sky” and “too good to be true”, then we can safely conclude thatthey are not true!

    For instance, one of the candidates said that he wanted to have free education for everyone. That sounds good, but the question is why he did not pass a law on free education during his stint as congressman. And why not bring back the old State universities’ practice to give priority to the poor (based on ITR) instead of the rich and influential people who are enrolled in the State Universities like UP and PUP. UP is no longer a school for poor but deserving students. Now, you see a lot of cars parked along UP owned by moneyed students. They are stealing the opportunity for quality education from the poor. Another candidate promises capital for everyone to jumpstart a business. Where would the capital for the people come from? If this will be given free, then we are not helping the people to dream anymore and work hard. On the contrary, we are helping them to be social parasites and will always wait for the manna to fall from heaven. That’s pathetic. If politicians want to alleviate poverty, they are not supposed to give fish, instead teach people how to fish.

    For the new breed of politicians I would like to see in the Senate Messrs. JC Delos Reyes, Lito David, Ricky Penson, Mars Llasos and Samson Alcantara. Don’t get me wrong that I am a chauvinist pig. It just so happens that they are all men. They may be new and untested, but as I see them, they are not just willing and able candidates but also lesser evil than the “other” new ones who were only taught by their parents to learn that absolute power corrupts absolutely by continuing the posts they vacated for one reason or the other. I don’t go also for theocrats, who brandish their faith and say, “God told me to run” and be the instruments of change that our country need. For sure, they opted to ignore the separation of the Church and State because they are jaded by their eagerness to serve both God and Mammon.

    Truly, it’s time to change, and may the changes that we envision to happen really take us to where the Philippines ought to be and eventually regain the old glory and respect of the global community that we once had back in the olden days. As Walt Disney said: “We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

    • http://www.facebook.com/noel.g.mayor Noel G. Mayor

      ang galing mo kabayang monsi serrano, idol… yan ang pag iisip, galing mag share, .. hindi religious o pharisiatic leaning minded individual….

      • http://pinoy-politics.blogspot.com Monsi Serrano

        Thanks Noel, you may join the StopCorruptionPhilippines. Just search it in Facebook bro… Regards

  • pinoy_abno

    mang eddie maawa ka naman sa mga pinoy…….ilabas mo na ang totoo…….hindi iyung puro palabas lang ang pinapakita mo.

  • pinoy_abno

    huwag iboto si mang eddie! walang gagawin sa senado kundi I-convert ang mga kasamahan sa kanyang kulto!

  • disqus_nBEsUalTvo

    John 3:18
    King James Version (KJV)

    He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

    • MULEN

      Unless you view your dear leader as the second coming of christ, how is this biblical verse relevant to the discussion at hand ?

    • Chevalier

      Alam mo kahit si satanas magaling magquote sa Bible, read Matthew 4 at wag mo kaming paandaran ng mga Bible quotes nyo. Simple kaya tumatakbo si Eddie kasi gusto ng mas maraming pera. Wag ng magpaka-OROCAN. Plastic no longer fits the description on Eddie. He ran twice, lost twice and will run again. WTF!!!

  • Rolly257

    What is something in common to the following personalities:

    Jimmy Swaggart; Jim Bakker; Tammy Bakker; Benny Hinn.

    They are/were all evangelists like Villanueva and Velarde. They were just some of the hundreds of Preachers in America that were embroiled from one scandal to another.

    It’s not surprising that by now, Brother Eddie and Brother Mike are multi millionaires.

  • hustlergalore

    meanwhile, in abs-cbn’s maalaala mo kaya. the life story kuno of juan ponce enrile is showing this saturday night. LOL

  • pinoy_abno

    mayaman ka na mang eddie….ano pa ba gusto mo ngayon…..power naman ba…..hindi pa ba sapat power mo sa ilang milyon mong miyembro sa sarili mung kulto!

  • pinoy_abno

    si maceda at iba pang kandidato nakakatakot iboto alam mo nang corrupt nuon pa man….pero mas nakakatakot si mang eddie dahil tinatago ang totoong pagkatao…..lalo na nang sabihing may bumubulong sa kanya na tumakbo……dalawa lang ang ibig sabihin nito……schizo o LIAR! pili na kayo!

  • Shadows1

    “Arguably the biggest Christian group in the country….” Isn’t the Catholic Church the certified largest Christian denomination in the Philippines and the world? Does the writer even know what a Christian is? The Catholics were the first Christians because we are the first believers of Christ as our one true God!

    • Chevalier

      I agree! And the first Christians were the ones who were fed to the lions and burnt alive by Nero and other cruel emperors, up to Trajan and Pliny. The ones who are calling themselves Christians are protestants based on history. When a pope dies, the whole world morns, but when a pastor dies, only his self-bult church mourns.

      • John_Galt_II

        Nakipag pataasan ka pa. Sino sa inyo ang mas tanga?

      • Chevalier

        Wala ka kasing alam sa history…. Magbasa ka hindi puro kabobohan yang alam mo. Hahaha. :-P

  • Beguine

    Sorry, Brother Eddie.

    You’re fate and destiny in Pinas politics has been pre-determined and sealed:

    Always a candidate, never a winner.

    When will you ever learn to stop wasting your time? You just don’t have what
    it takes to make it to the winning post.

    Now, well, if you manage to really convince people that you are a religious leader
    who can help in the country’s biggest problem – poverty – you might make it, but
    until now your image is of a counterfeit religious person who took advantage of religiousness crassness of the poor to exploit the poor. So, how can you ever win people’s hearts and votes?

  • LAMBFORGOVERNOR

    Not many followers and no money for atheist However, as a christian showman, you qualify for both. Show me the money…..

  • batmanlaijai

    Akala ko nakausap nya God noon nung tumakbo pagka presidente… bakit natalo? God na kakampi mo natalo pa? T A E !!

  • Simplify1

    sayang and boto para kay bro eddie, talo na maliwanag yan. oras na iboto yang si bro eddie, tiyak pasok sa magic 12 si nancy, jv at jackie…. dapat straight PINOY TEAM (all 12) para di makalusot yung tatlong unggoy na yan…

    The real choice this coming elections is, which would you rather do? Vote independents who will never figure out even within the top 15 and see nancy, jv and jackie in the senate? or vote straight TEAM PINOY, para tyak wala yung tatlong dagdag na pang gulo sa senado?

  • richard butac

    alternatives,, that is what you guys need.. if you want change, start with the way you select your leaders. you complain almost about everything in this country, yet you dont practice how to correctly select your leaders, , I am a filipino, love my native country, and if i were to be part of the electorate, i would surely compare the candidates and bro. eddie could be in me list.

  • arao_liwanag

    Smoke screen lang niya ang evangelism. pera ang dahilan kaya tinalikdan niya ang activismo dahil puro lang yon panganib pero walang pera , salungat sa buhay ni Kristo , di bali an panganib an mahalaga an principio. Si eddie nagbanalbanalan lang yon, nagkalat sin kabubuwaan, kwarta an g sadya tulad ni Velarde at Iglisya ni Kristo kuno.

  • Jio…

    Eddie Villanueva is thirsty on a political power and simply using GODs name for his popularity. Kaya ganyan nalang pagpupumilit nyang tumakbo at manalo, hindi naman nya pera ginagastos nya sa panganagmpanya but the 10% tithes of his members. His running for his own benefits and welfare. raket raket lang yan dba eddie. I still remember ng tinanong ka sa interview mo if kung si PNOY ay tatakbo ng president for 2010 election ay aatras ka at susuportahan mo nalang sya pero nd mo un ginawa ng nagfile ng candidacy si PNOY. Wala kang isang salita sus… Anyhow, maski matalo ka sa election tubo kapa rin sa mga donations mo.

  • Jio…

    Eddie Villanueva is thirsty on a political power and simply using GODs name for his popularity. Kaya ganyan nalang pagpupumilit nyang tumakbo at manalo, hindi naman nya pera ginagastos nya sa panganagmpanya but the 10% tithes of his members. His running for his own benefits and welfare. I still remeber ng inintview ka sabi mo kung tatakbo bilang presidente si PNOY ay aatras ka at susuportahan mo sya pero nd mo un ginawa. Walang isang salita. Anyhow, maski matalo ka sa election na to tubo kapa rin sa donations.

  • Lakan Dupil

    Ang puso John…

  • boldyak

    when i was in saudi, i got hold of a record book collected from the members of “born again” group…in that record you wouldn’t believe the amount of money collected every month and sent to a bank in Philippines…there was a remittance of up to 20,000 riyals…equivalent to 220,000 pesos…i tried to hide that book, unfortunately the pastor arrived and i was not able to hide it…

  • sanjuan683

    Tama ka may pera involve pero nakita mo ba yun patutunguhan ng pera tulad ng electricity expenses, rental expenses, at ibang mga patutungahan ng mga salapi. Ang nakita mo pala 220,000 pesos pero hindi mo nakita ang mga future expenses. hehehehehe Nasilaw ka agad sa laki ng pera. Sisiw lang yan 220,000 pesos pero yun ninanakaw sa iyo ng mga pulitiko sa gobierno sa araw-araw ay milliones bakit hindi ka makareklamo. hehehehehe

  • http://twitter.com/Adjire1 Adjire

    John 7:24 Jesus Said “Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.”

    And Apostle Luke reminding us
    “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

  • tarikan

    Yes, amen to that. Do not judge the manghuhuthot, do not condemn the manghuhuthot and most of all forgive the manghuhuthot. Everybody is happy.

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