(Update) Bro. Eddie may team up with Bro. Mike in 2010


Posted at Mar 30 2009 07:27 PM | Updated as of Mar 31 2009 07:49 AM

After floating the idea that he might again take a shot at the presidency, Brother Eddie Villanueva, head of the Jesus is Lord movement (JIL), said there is also a possibility of his group joining forces with the Catholic group El Shaddai.

On Saturday, during the launch of the new political group "Bagong Pilipnas, Bagong Pilipino" movement at the Araneta Coliseum, Vilanueva floated the idea that he might run again in 2010, after his failed bid for Malacañang in 2004.

The Bagong Pilipinas, Bagong Pilipino movement, composed of various groups including the JIL, aims to elect a president who is "God-fearing."

One of the groups slated to join the movement is the El Shaddai movement, which reportedly has five million supporters.

If they unite, the group would eventually have an estimated 10 million members -- 4 million from JIL, 5 million from El Shadai, and one million Protestants, Adventists, and Catholics.

"It's a formidable force. Combined 10 million votes. Sino pa ang lalaban? Mark my word, it's just a matter of time," Atty. Ramoncito Ocampo, an El Shaddai Sr Lay Leader and a senatorial aspirant under the new political group, said.

Villanueva said the group would like to see no other candidate for the presidency than him, and that he won't reject the possibility of a Villanueva-Velarde tandem in 2010.

"Kung kaloob ng Diyos ay walang problema sa akin," he said.

He also said he is not discounting the possibility of having Pampanga Gov. Ed Panlilio, a priest-on-leave, and Isabela Gov. Grace Padaca as running mates.

In preparation for his run for the presidency, Villanueva has also temporarily stepped down as Head Pastor of the JIL.

"Napakasakit sa akin ang desisyon na pansamantalang iwan ang pagpapastor. Pero mahal ko rin ang Pilipino. Mahal ko rin ang kaisa-isa nating bayan," he said.

Velarde, meanwhile, is said to be "happy" over the political merger.

"Natuwa nga siya eh... El Shaddai in principle is already part of this movement. With reports from Ron Gagalac, ABS-CBN News