Villar says visit to Cebu Archbishop was not to seek endorsement but a blessing

by Kobakila News

CEBU CITY — In a trip to this city on Feb. 20, Nacionalista Party (NP) standard-bearer Manuel L. Villar, Jr. met with Cebu Archbishop Ricardo Cardinal Vidal. But to dissuade perceptions of a political endorsement, both Vidal and Villar clarified that the meeting should not be misunderstood as an endorsement for the elections this May.

“It is enough that he prays for me and my mission,” Villar said, after explaining to reporters that he did not seek an endorsement but a blessing and was there only because he considered Vidal as one of the highest spiritual leaders of the Catholic Church.

On the other hand, Cardinal Vidal said Villar visited “because he is an old friend ever since he became President of the Senate.”

Earlier, Villar, together with his senatorial candidates Gilbert Remulla, Adel Tamano, Satus Ocampo, Liza Maza, Susan ople and Gwen Pimentel, visited the Opon Public Market in Lapu-Lapu City and a residential area in Barangay Suba.  Vice Presidential candidate Loren Legarda, who was also with him in this campaign swing, flew back to Manila. Detained Col. Ariel Querubin, another NP senatorial candidate, was represented by his son, Martin.

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