MALOLOS CITY—Crossing party lines, past and present Bulacan political leaders yesterday came together in support of the Senate bid of televangelist Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
This came as Villanueva, the lone senatorial candidate of Bangon Pilipinas, kicked off his campaign here which was also broadcast online.
“Walang ibang higit na kakalinga sa ating lalawigan kundi ang ating kalalawigan din,” said Gov. Wilhelmino Alvarado in his opening speech endorsing the candidacy of Villanueva who came from Bocaue town.
He said that the Bulacan is approaching the threshold of fast pace development and the province needs the help of national leaders.
“We need allies in the Senate and our best bet is Bro. Eddie Villanueva,” said Alvarado.
The same was echoed by former governors Roberto Padanganan and Joselito Mendoza, now congressman of the third district, and Josefina dela Cruz, now postmaster general of the Philippines Postal Corporation (Philphost).
All the above mentioned political leaders along with 92-year-old former governor Tomas Martin earlier signed a manifesto of support to Villanueva.
The same manifesto was signed by past and current congressmen, board members, mayors and vice mayors and councilors from different towns in the province.
For his part, Villanueva expressed gratitude for the support thrown in by his fellow Bulakenyos.
He said that it is the first time in the history of the province that political leaders cross party lines to support a single senatorial candidate.
“I am so grateful for their support despite the fact that they came from different political persuasions. They stand ten feet tall in solidarity to support my attempt to capture a Senate seat. The future of Bulacan is beyond politics,” Villanueva said.
During the launch of his Senate bid, Villanueva also unveiled his 3-E platform –”Ekonomiyang agresibo’t walang napagiiwanan; Edukasyon na napapanahon; Entrepinoy na masang Pilipino ang nangunguna at nakikinabang.”
He said the “3-Es” are needed in the growing economy in the country which he described as a result of President Aquino’s “tuwid na daan” program.
As founder of the Jesus Is Lord Movement (JILM), Villanueva noted the importance of moral leadership.
He said, “we need moral leadership. The bedrock of good economics is good politics.”