Villar receives more endorsement

May 9, 2013 1:21 am 

MANILA, May 8 -– Only few days after she was endorsed by the influential religious group Iglesia Ni Cristo, Team PNoy senatorial candidate Cynthia Villar received more support and this from the country’s Catholic and non-Catholic independent bishops.

The Independent Bishops Conference of the Philippines Wednesday endorsed the senatorial bid of the former Las Pinas congresswoman during a simple rites at Club Filipino in Greenhills, San Juan.

IBCP president Rev. Efraim Perez said they have chosen Villar due to her track record, competence and leadership which were proven during her nine years in Congress and as managing director of the Villar Foundation.

Villar served as President of the Lady Legislators of the House of Representatives in the 12th, 13th and 14th Congress.

During her term, landmark bills upholding the welfare of women, children and families were passed.

These include the Magna Carta of Women, Anti-Trafficking of Women and Children, Anti-violence against Women, Protection of children in the workplace; Juvenile Justice System and the two versions of the Senior Citizens Act (2003 and 2010), among others.

She was also chairperson of the House Committee on Higher & Technical Education and the Congressional Spouses Foundation from 1998 to 2000 and President of the Senate Spouses Foundation, Inc. from August 2006 to December 2008.

After the end of her term as congresswoman, Villar has since then sat as managing director of the Villar Foundation.

According to Perez, he personally endorsed Villar, who has earned the moniker “Misis HanepBuhay,” to his colleagues.

Saying he is not that close to the former lawmaker, he however believes in her incomparable prowess to make things happen.

“I personally believe that Madam Cynthia (Villar) is the ‘secret weapon’ in the success of her husband, Sen. Manny Villar,” stressed Perez.

The outgoing senator, whose term ends in May 2013, was a Speaker of the House of Representatives and Senate President.(PNA)

HBC/JFM

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