FORMER Las Pinas Rep. Cynthia Villar got another boost in her senatorial bid after she was endorsed by the Catholic Conscience Vote Phils. (CCVP), an equipment of pro-life, pro-family charismatic communities and organizations.
In a meeting, the CCVP’s Secretary-General Antonio Ag. Medina said they decided to back her candidacy due to her strong stance in the preservation of human life and protection of family.
During her stint as member of the House of Representatives for nine years, Villar supported the passage of significant measures to protect the interest and welfare of the family and its members. Villar is running for senator under Nacionalista Party-Team PNoy
In backing Villar, Medina cited the “NO Vote” of her husband, Senator Manny Villar, on the passage of the RH bill in the Senate. He likewise said the Villar couple are long time members of the Couple’s For Christ (CFC), which they have actively been supporting.
The CCVP, which has 600 allied Catholic communities and organizations nationwide, was conceptualized to help pro-life and pro-family candidates win votes.
“While there is the so-called ‘command votes’ from El Shaddai of Brother Mike Velarde, Kingdom of Jesus Christ of Apollo Quiboloy, Jesus Is Lord of Brother Eddie Villanueva and the Iglesia Ni Cristo, the Catholic vote is now shaping up after the RH (issue),” related Medina.
The CCVP was formed in consonance with the January 28, 2013 pastoral letter of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) calling for "circles of discernment” to examine and question the sincerity, quality and effectiveness of governance of our leaders and to answer the question “Is there a Catholic Vote?”, among others.
The CCVP believes that, to the spiritually mature, a public office is an opportunity for service. The office will bring them and the people they serve closer to heaven. “Love them by voting them into office,” it stated.
However, to the spiritually immature, a public office is an occasion of sin. The office will bring them and the people they deceive closer to perdition. “Love them by not voting for them,” added the charismatic group.
Aside from Villar, CCVP will also endorse the candidacy of reelectionist Senators Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III and Antonio Trillanes IV.
Villar, Pimentel and Trillanes were also earlier endorsed by the White Vote Movement led by El Shaddai.
CCVP also vouches for senatoriables JC delos Reyes, Lito David and Mar Llasos, all running under Kapatiran, which the group describes as the “only political party with a platform and programs that are aligned with the teachings of the Catholic Church.”
CCVP will officially proclaim their senatorial bets on April 28, 2013 during a gathering of about 6,000 leaders of the Soldiers of Christ, Servant communities and other member organizations in Maypajo, Caloocan City.
The officers of the CCVP are Bert Alba, Chairman; Antonio Medina, Secretary-General; Nestor Camacho, Deputy Secretary General, Ricky Presa, head of the Council of the Laity, Diocese of Paranaque; Bro. Alberto “Ting” Arcadio, National Head Servant Soldiers of Christ and Fr. Leonardo Polinar, National Shepherd Servant Coomunites, Fr. Melvin Castro and Bishop Jose Colin Bagaporo serve as spiritual advisers while retired Supreme Court Justice Leonardo Quisumbing is the legal adviser. Lawyer Alonso Tinagan, Prof. Carmelio Cajayon, Jing Mendoza and Feloryn Delavin, Directors.
The members of the CCVP includes the following: Soldiers of Christ, Servants Communities, Transparochial Catholic Charismatic Alliance, Love’s Flock, Knights of Columbus Paranaque, Knights of Columbus Aklan, Catholic Vote Alliance, Unlad Kapanalig, Kawal ni Kristo (Bulacan Province) and Lunda Luntiang Daigdig. CCVP expects to deliver no less than 1.7 million votes.