MALOLOS CITY—Televangelist and Bangon Pilipinas lone senatorial candidate Bro. Eddie Villanueva is set to kick-off his senatorial bid at the Bulacan Capitol here today February 12.
Villanueva made the announcement over GMA Network when he was interviewed on the midnight program “Diyos at Bayan” early yesterday morning.
On February 12, I will kick-off my campaign at the steps of the Bulacan Capitol building with the political leaders of the province,” he said during an interview with TV host Kata Inocencio and journalists Jarius Bondoc of the STAR and Alex Tinsay.
Villanueva said that political leaders in the province of more than one million registered voters have joined forces to support his candidacy.
He said that even the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Bulacan Chapter pledged to support his candidacy regardless of political persuasion.
“Nagkaroon ng solidarity ang mga political icons sa Bulacan dahil sa desisyon kong ireperesent ang mga sagigilid na mamamayan sa Pilipinas,” said the preacher- turned-senatorial-candidate.
He added that another factor that contributed to the Bulacan politicians’ support for his candidacy is due to the province not having produced a senator since former Senate President Blas F. Ople from Hagonoy town.
Earlier, Villanueva filed his certificate of candidacy (COC) as substitute to Bangon Pilipinas senatorial candidate Israel Virgines.
The senatorial-bid of Villanueva will be his third attempt for an elective public post.
In 2004, he ran for President but lost to former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo; and in 2010, he lost to incumbent President Benigno Aquino.
In both campaigns, Villanueva launched his candidacy in Malolos City.
In the 2004 campaign, he launched his candidacy at the Bulacan State University quadrangle; and in the 2010 elections, he chose the historic Barasoain Church yard.
In an interview after casting his vote at the Bunlo Elementary School in Bocaue town on May 10, 2010, Villanueva said he would not run for public office anymore if he lost. (See video 2010 interview, won't run anymore )
He did lose in the 2010 elections, and now Villanueva is staging a comeback bid through the Senate.
In the television interview yesterday, he said that he had bigger chances of winning, with 12 slots open at the Senate.
Villanueva said that he is targeting at least 15 million votes to secure a Senate seat, and vowed to push economic rights, and education of the people.
As this developed, Bulacan political leaders affirmed Villaneuva’s claim that he will be supported by Bulakenyos.
Board Member Michael Fermin, and Mayor Feliciano Legazpi of Norzagaray town vowed total support.
The same was echoed by Jose Rey Munsayac, the provincial coordinator of Bayan Muna, along with other candidates for provincial board member’s position like Jose Cundangan and Dax Uy.