Sunday, February 21, 2010

Villanueva woos OFW votes in Hong Kong

By Dennis Carcamo (
Updated February 21, 2010 04:30 PM

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MANILA, Philippines - Bangon Pilipinas presidential bet Bro. Eddie Villanueva visited Hong Kong on Saturday and wooed the votes of overseas Filipino workers and members of his congregation, Jesus Is Lord Movement there.

Speaking at the 25th anniversary of JIL Church-Hong Kong, Villanueva presented his running mate Perfecto Yasay Jr. and their seven senatorial bets - Zarfullah Alonto, Reynaldo Princesa, Ramoncito Ocampo, Kata Inocencio, Count Habib Adz Nikabulin, Alex Tinsay, and Israel Virgines - before the members of the congregation.

In his message, Villanueva stressed that Filipinos are forced to work abroad because of economic necessities. He cited official government data on unemployment at 7.1 percent and underemployment at 19.4 percent.

“We need a new breed of leaders who have genuine compassion for the Filipino people,” Villanueva said

Hong Kong remains as one of the top three destinations of OFWs. The JIL Church-Hong Kong has a “Saturday Group” composed of more than 2,000 members, majority of whom are OFWs whose day-off falls on a Saturday. It also has a bigger “Sunday Group,” which is composed of over 8,000 members.

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