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Eddie Villanueva cries foul over murder raps vs son

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Accuses admin of ‘harassment’

By Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
Last updated 03:40pm (Mla time) 05/10/2007

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATE) Evangelist Eduardo “Brother Eddie” Villanueva, leader of the Jesus Is Lord Movement and former presidential candidate, decried the military’s filing of murder charges against one of his sons, calling it part of the alleged “political harassment” aimed at administration critics.

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At a news conference, Villanueva said the case against Bocaue, Bulacan mayoralty candidate Eduardo “Jonjon” Villanueva Jr. was “concocted” and that they planned to file murder charges against Army soldiers who allegedly strafed the campaign headquarters of his son last Friday.

“I believe the attempt on the life of my son and the malicious, unwarranted charges are nothing but pure harassment directed at me,” Villanueva said. “In the name of the Lord, I appeal to the administration to stop all this political harassment and political killings.”

“My son is a mere victim, because I, his father, had been consistently a principled fiscalizer [sic] in a way of this desperate administration,” he added.

The Army claimed that the young Villanueva’s men fired at troops who were returning to base after a surveillance mission.

One soldier was killed in the incident.

But the Villanuevas claimed that the shootout was instigated by soldiers who tore down their posters.

Sought for comment, Army spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Ernesto Torres Jr. said in a phone interview: “It’s not political harassment. The police and the military have sufficient basis to file charges.”

“We’re still standing by the report. We have been consistent. The troops were coming home from a surveillance mission and they were fired at. It was not an attack on Villanueva’s headquarters.”

Villanueva claimed that two nights ago, five men on board an “army-type” jeep were spotted asking around in Bocaue, looking for his son’s house.

He also cited the alleged bugging of former president Corazon Aquino’s house and the eleventh hour suspension of Makati Mayor Jejomar Binay as proof of the alleged harassment of government critics.

“In the name of the Lord, I appeal to this administration, to stop all
this political harassment and political killings, not for the sake of my family, but for the sake of our beloved country and people. Give democracy a chance,” he said.

Asked if he believed that Malacañang was behind the alleged harassment, Villanueva said: “That is a great possibility according to my friends… There could also be supporters who want to please [the Palace] that they think of this kind of wickedness.”

The JIL leader faced the media at the office of his UHF television station Zoe 11 with his wife, Dory Villanueva, his son, Cibac party-list Representative Joel Villanueva, and daughters Joni and Jovi.

Jayjay was at his “miting de avace” or final campaign rally in Bocaue, his father said.

Villanueva’s wife broke down in tears twice during the news conference.

After regaining her composure, she said: “Sila ang nanira, nang-atake, tapos ang kakasuhan pa ang anak ko? [They are the ones who did us wrong and attacked, yet they filed charges against my son].”

The Villanueva family’s lawyer, Virginia Jose, said frustrated murder charges would be filed against eleven soldiers who had been questioned by police after the shooting last week.

Originally posted at 01:47 pm

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Written by joelguinto

Thu+00:002007-05-10T08:16:18+00:00+00:0005b+00:00Thu, 10 May 2007 08:16:18 +0000 22, 2006 at 12:45 am05

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