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If he wins the upcoming national elections in May, presidential aspirant Senator Manny Pacquiao said he will appoint CIBAC party-list chair and religious leader Bishop Eddie Villanueva as corruption czar.
"Gustong-gusto ko yung plano niya sa pagsugpo ng korapsyon,” Pacquiao said on Thursday. "Kung sakaling ako ay manalo sa pagka-Pangulo, nawa'y tanggapin niya ang aking paanyaya na kunin ko siyang czar.”
Asked why, Pacquiao explained that Villanueva, founder of Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Church, is “God-fearing and does not compromise.”
“At alam ko lahat ng gagawin namin ay para sa Panginoon at para sa bayan," he added.
Villanueva serves as the deputy speaker of CIBAC (Citizens’ Battle Against Corruption) party list, which advocates against graft and corruption and cronyism, according to its website. The party list is one of the nearly 200 candidates seeking a slot in the house of representatives this election.
If elected to the highest position, Pacquiao vows to eliminate corruption in the government, saying that it causes mass poverty and hinders economic growth.