Eduardo Villanueva, known as Brother Eddie, is a religious and political leader in the Philippines and a presidential candidate in the 2010 Philippine election as standard bearer of the Bagong Pilipinas Party. Prior to joining the politics, he is best known as the founder and leader of the Jesus Is Lord Church but officially declared his leave of absence as its Spiritual Director during the launching of Bagong Pilipinas Movement on March 28, 2009 “so that [he] may concentrate on the transformation of our beloved nation.”
Bro. Eddie was born on October 6, 1946 in Bocaue, Bulacan to parents Joaquin T. Villanueva and Maria Cruz Villanueva, both now deceased. (The elder Villanueva was a former Olympic sprinter who represented the Philippines in the Far Eastern Games for four consecutive years in the 1920’s).
He is married to Adoracion "Dory" Villanueva and they have four children. His eldest son, Eduardo "Jon-Jon" Villanueva, Jr., incumbent mayor of Bocaue, Bulacan lost his campaign in 2004 but won in the May 2007 elections. Jonjon was charged with murder for allegedly ordering the shooting of a soldier of the Armed Forces of the Philippines during the May 2007 elections. His daughter, Joni Villanueva, is a Christian singer and TV host. His other son, Joel Villanueva, representing the CIBAC party list, became the youngest member of the House of Representatives (HOR) when he took his oath of office on February 6, 2002. According to the Philippine Star, Joel Villanueva is the fifth richest party-list congressman with a net worth of P18.4 million.
In 2004, he was a presidential candidate in the Philippine election but lost to incumbent Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and placed last in a field of five candidates, with 6.2% of the vote – although many Filipinos believe that the 2004 election in general was a large-scale election fraud, particularly due to the Hello Garci scandal.
On August 21, 2009, he announced that he will be running in the 2010 election and on November 30, 2009, filed his Certificate of Candidacy with the Commission on Elections "accompanied by his running mate, former Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) chief Perfecto Yasay, and five senatorial bets".
He is the owner and chairman of ZOE Broadcasting Network, a commercial TV station currently operated by GMA Network through Quality TeleVision (QTV). He is also the owner and president of Jesus Is Lord Colleges Foundation Inc. (JILCF), a Christian school in Bocaue, Bulacan.
- Born : October 6, 1946
- Birthpalce: Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines
- Occupation : Televangelist, owner of ZOE Broadcasting Network, Author, Speaker
- Religion : Evangelical
- Parents: Joaquin T. Villanueva and Maria Cruz Villanueva
- Spouse : Adoracion "Dory" Villanueva
- Children : 4
- Eduardo "Jon-Jon" Villanueva, Jr.
- Joni Villanueva
- Joel Villanueva
- Education :
- Commerce – Polytechnic University of the Philippines
- Law – University of the Philippines