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presidentiables court religious leaders endorsements – real votes or just bragging rights?

February 17, 2010 7 comments

there is a new kid in the block. it’s used to be just the catholic bishops, the CBCP, Iglesia Ni Cristo and  El Shaddai and now there is the  Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name that the presidentiables are courting.

the CBCP does not endorse a single candidate but it would normally give guidelines for its faithful in choosing their candidate. Iglesia Ni Cristo selects a candidate and asks its faithful to vote for that candidate. El Shaddai, headed by Mike Velarde also tells the faithful his choice. Recent developments seem to point manny villar is the the chosen one.

pastor apollo quiboloy

there is a new name, Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, davao-based  Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (we like the name of the latter, very good marketing). we have not heard this name until this year and yet the presidentiables seem to be forming a line to talk to the pastor.

is there a religious vote? we do not think so. but we think it’s excellent marketing to get an endorsement from the religious groups and leaders. it is something that the press writes about and thus gives the candidate a sense of big numbers of supporters. in other words, these are just bragging rights.  

these candidates have reduced the religious leaders as celebrity endorsers, some kind of a medal to wear on the lapel for others to see. we have not seen a candidate win or lose an election because of the religious endorsements.

in fact we did not see eddie villanueva winning the election when he ran for president and lost the last time. villanueva’s votes in that election even fell short of the number of members his JIL had. that meant contrary to claims or the wish, not all JIL members voted for villanueva.  that is the problem with numbers – they look good and impressive at face value but often they do not deliver in real life.

we are also wondering, since villanueva is a religious leader himself and therefore we can assume righteous, why are the other religious leaders not endorsing villanueva?  we think its logical that religious leaders will choose one of their own as the stamp of God is with them. but that is not happening. does that mean the religious leaders doubt the credentials of villanueva as righteous or is this just politics as usual?

Bishop: Religious leaders lord over pols, confuse God

 By Leila Salaverria
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 03:52:00 02/17/2010

MANILA, Philippines—With so many candidates seeking the blessings of religious leaders who say they speak in His name, God must be having fun but is also probably confused, according to Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz.

The retired Roman Catholic bishop said he would not wish to be in God’s shoes right now.

Cruz spoke at the Ilustrado forum in Manila where he was asked what he thought of candidates flocking to influential religious leaders Brother Mike Velarde and Pastor Apollo Quiboloy, who both command big followings.

“I am very happy I’m not God because if I were God, I would not know what to do,” Cruz said. “Here is the son of God endorsing this, and here is the leader endorsing this. I think God must be having fun.”

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bro. mike velarde endorses manny villar

February 15, 2010 4 comments

the news article says mike velarde, the el shaddai head has given villar a “virtual” endorsement. it means bro. mike has not actually said it but it does look like he is endorsing villar. bro. mike says they will decide by easter sunday.

don’t know what the drama is about easter sunday, but i guess that’s how they do these things – they need to wait for an auspicious day.

we are nearing the election, we should expect more of these endorsements being firmed up and announced to the public.

is there a religious vote in the philippines? previous studies we have read says there really is no religious vote in the country. beside the study, we know of  bro. eddie villanueva who ran for president the last time and he lost that one. villanueva even got less votes than the claimed membership in JIL.

though these religi0us endorsements  might not count much in the actual election, they are nevertheless very good for publicity.  

Velarde gives Villar virtual blessing 
By Philip Tubeza
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 06:22:00 02/15/2010

HONG KONG—Surrounded by hundreds of followers wearing orange shirts and skirts, El Shaddai leader Bro. Mike Velarde Sunday virtually endorsed Sen. Manuel Villar for president during a prayer rally on Chatter Road at Central district here.

Velarde stopped short of declaring the popular Catholic charismatic group’s support for Villar, standard-bearer of the Nacionalista Party (NP), saying the group would make a collective decision on Easter Sunday. He added that the group would “vote as one.”

In his speech, Velarde hinted that he was one of those who had encouraged Villar, an old friend, to run for president.

“During the process when I was still thinking of running, I had a friend and I told him, ‘I am not running. You run.’”

vote in the poll – the 3 presidentiables you will NOT VOTE and MUST NOT WIN the 2010 presidential election

October 27, 2009 1 comment

we have set up the other side of presidentiables polls – the presidentiables you will NOT vote and the presidentiables who MUST NOT win the 2010 presidential election.

participate in the poll, click here:

we have either made up our minds or we are in the process of deciding which presidentiable we will vote in the 2010 elections.wawam after hours

on the other side of our brain, though, is a list of presidentiables who we know we will not vote, no matter what happens. in fact we have a list that we are convinced MUST NOT WIN the 2010 election. these are presidentiables that give us nightmares every time we think of the possibility they will win in the 2010 election. some describe the feeling that if a certain presidentiable wins, it will be time to move to a foreign country to migrate.

let us know who these presidentiables are who you think MUST NOT WIN THE 2010  ELECTION. you are allowed to vote 3 presidentiables. the program will not be allowed to cast your votes more than once.

bro. mike velarde says he wants to be president

August 19, 2009 3 comments

at the 6 o’clock news – bro. mike velarde says he wants to be president. in the interview velarde says it looks like being president is the only way he can help people.

 he will not campaign like most but he has set up a system of asking individuals to look for 24 other people who will support him, much like a pyramiding scheme works.

velarde is the leader of a religious group with a few million members and he thinks his scheme will work.

velarde also said his support for gloria macaoagal arroyo ends in june 2010 when arroyo’s term ends.


El Shaddai leader Mike Velarde on Wednesday revealed that he wants to run for president in 2010 and is “consulting” with the core members of the worldwide charismatic movement on his plan.

Velarde said he wants to get the approval of the religious group’s supposed seven million followers in the country because without their support, his dream may not materialize.

“My entering politics lie in their hands because we believe that the voice of the people is the voice of the Lord. That dictum is not just for any people. It should be for the voice of the people of God,” he said.

“I am in the process of consulting our members nationwide and worldwide what to do in the 2010 elections,” he added.

El Shaddai – a Catholic charismatic movement which is reputed to have played a pivotal role in the country’s past elections – has international chapters in over 30 countries.

Velarde said that should he flock ultimately vote against his running in the upcoming polls, he would just endorse one of the candidates.

“If they don’t want me to run, then let’s agree to make a choice whom we can vote. I still have my plan,” he said.

In March, Velarde hinged his plan to venture into politics not solely on his millions of followers but also on religious officials from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines.

“’Pag sinabi sa akin ng CBCP, ‘ikaw na Brother Mike,’ sasabihin ko, ‘yes sir.’ Kasi masunurin ako, I’m a loyal soldier kasi ng simbahan,” Velarde said. [See: Bro Mike Velarde tatakbong presidente kapag inindorso ng CBCP]

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