Quirino Grandstand, Rizal Park, Manila
24 October 2014

President Benigno S. Aquino III joined nearly a million of local and international followers of the Jesus is Lord Church Worldwide (JILCW) during its 36th anniversary celebration at the Quirino Grandstand in Rizal Park, Manila.

The President called JILCW international president and spiritual director Bro. Eddie Villanueva as a partner in pushing for good governance and as a leader that calls for genuine reforms.

“Dalawang beses man siyang nakulong sa panahon ng diktadurya, ipinagpatuloy pa rin niya ang adbokasiyang labanan ang katiwalian sa pamahalaan, ang kawalang-katarungan sa lipunan, at ang laganap na kahirapan sa ating bayan,” he said in his speech.

He also praised the Villanueva family, particularly Secretary Joel Villanueva of TESDA and son of Bro. Eddie Villanueva, for his role in the increased employment of TESDA’s technical vocational graduates that rose to 96 percent as of September this year.

President Aquino led a prayer for hope and true peace for the nation, aligning with the theme for this year’s celebration that centers on the pursuit for peace. He was then prayed over by Bro. Villanueva and several JILCW officials asking for him to be blessed with a healthy body, mind and soul, as well as the Lord’s granting of his desires for the country

The JIL leader also prayed for President Aquino’s lovelife that amused everyone from the big crowd.

The membership of the religious movement has grown to over 6 million believers since it started with only 15 Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) students as its first members in 1978.

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