Very fair, apparently impartial, and pro-people, this Bro. Eddie Villanueva.
Compare Villanueva's comments on Comelec's Estrada decision with those made by Liberal Party bet Noynoy Aquino who said he'll consult his lawyers re the development. As Ninez Cacho-Olivarez writes, "Hello? What's he going to do? File a disqualification case against Estrada? The time limit has been up sometime ago."
Does it sound good that Noynoy, whose camp had recently been revealed to have asked former President Joseph "Erap" Estrada to endorse him and, thus, to withdraw from the race in his favor, even considers (or considered) blocking the latter's candidacy during this time? According to the Daily Tribune's January 18, 2010 report:
In the case of Aquino, Enrile said it was his siblings who approached Estrada and tried to convince him to withdraw from the presidential race in favor of Noynoy’s candidacy. “I don’t know how the meeting transpired. All I know that he, along with his sisters went to see Estrada,” he added.
Had EDSA 2 not happened, that undemocratic conspiracy of elites and gullibles (well-intentioned though some may be), I would most likely consider voting for Villanueva. Of course, I do have reservations about his being too religious and how it has crafted his population management views, among others. As well, I'm not forgetting his participation in that EDSA II fiasco, which he seems to have regretted anyhow.
Nevertheless, I see in Bro. Eddie a rather ideal combination of social progressiveness, intelligence, righteousness, and track record of serving the people, masses well included. He is so progressive that despite the fact that he was part of the undemocratic mob that ousted the former President nine years ago, he prefers to bring the Estrada issue directly to the Filipino people--in a constitutionally proper manner this time around.
Here's the Inquirer.net report on Bro. Eddie's welcoming position with regards Erap's candidacy in the May 2010 elections:
[Manila, Philippines] —Bangon Pilipinas standard-bearer, evangelist Eduardo "Brother Eddie" Villanueva welcomed the Commission on Elections Second Division's decision to allow deposed president Joseph Estrada to run again for president to give Filipinos a "wider choice."___________
...He said even legal luminaries are divided on whether Estrada could run again for president...
"So it's really a controversy to be decided by the collective wisdom of the Supreme Court justices. Either way, I'm always in favor for the Filipino people to be given a chance to democratically choose their national leader, whoever is the personality involved," Villanueva said.
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