SENATE President Vicente Sotto 3rd on Saturday night recognized the Jesus is Lord Church through Senate Resolution 13, and congratulated the organization on its 41st anniversary held in Ermita, Manila.
“Resolved, as it is hereby resolved, by the Senate of the Philippines, to recognize and congratulate the Jesus is Lord Church for celebrating its 41st anniversary on Oct. 26, 2019 for its continuous contribution to the country’s moral and spiritual recovery,” The resolution read.
Around 40,000 devotees swarmed the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, as estimated by the Manila Police District.
During an interview in the sidelines of the event, founder and Congressman Eduardo “Eddie” Villanueva alleged that the current officials were preventing the “much-awaited progress and prosperity” of the country.
“Many portions of the government are in the hands of non-God believing people… preventing the much-awaited progress and prosperity of our people,” Villanueva said.
Touching the issue of the separation of Church and State, Villanueva added that its main purpose was to prevent the government from interfering religious freedom.
“You cannot separate my faith from my desire to see the Philippines becoming a progressive country,” the church-founder-turned-politician said when asked about the issue.
“I cannot fully fulfill the prophetic mantle without politics,” he added.
The “people of God” should enter the political arena so that governing the country would be in the hands of God-fearing people, Villanueva stressed.
If the government, he added, was to be led by the “world’s system,” Filipinos were “sure to suffer.”
“I’m [now] just praying for God to raise up the right leaders who will surely be dedicating their lives for the transformation of our country,” he said.
Villanueva ran for Presidency in 2004, falling last of the five candidates, and again in 2010, placing 5th out of nine candidates.