Gov. Daniel Fernando swears in Bocaue Mayor Eduardo "JJV" Villanueva as the new LMP-Bulacan president with the rest of the other 2022-2025 officers. Photo by Anton Catindig

CITY OF MALOLOS-It is another feather in the cap for the family of Bro. Eddie Villanueva of Jesus Is Lord (JIL) Fellowship, as his eldest son, Mayor Eduardo ‘Jon jon” Villanueva Jr., was hailed as the new president of the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) Bulacan Chapter.

Villanueva, 50, together with all the rest of the other LMP Bulacan Chapter officers were sworn in to their respective posts by Gov. Daniel Fernando on Monday at his office in the  Capitol.

Earlier, before the July 25 State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., Senator Joel “TESDA MAN” Villanueva was hailed as the Senate Majority Floor Leader. 

Considering the young age of the two brothers, they were trusted with such huge leadership and responsibilities. 

Mayor Villanueva who has just returned as Bocaue mayor in the May elections after he defeated former Mayor Jose Santiago was the youngest Bulacan mayor when he was first elected mayor of Bocaue at the age of 29 in 2001.

He was unanimously hailed by all the rest of the Bulacan mayors without any opponent. 

Former LMP Bulacan president Ambrosio Cruz Jr. endorsed him. 

Gov. Fernando also supported him to lead the mayoralty league in the province and become one the of the provincial government’s strongest partners in providing the best services to the people of Bulacan to help bring utmost progress and development all the towns of Bulacan deserve. 

Senator Villanueva, 47, on his part was also one of the youngest senators when he was first elected in 2016.

Bishop Villanueva of Citizens Battle Against Corruption (CIBAC) was former Deputy Speaker of the House. 

He again occupies a seat in Congress after CIBAC won in the recent May election. 

Senator Villanueva succeeded former Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto as senate majority floor leader. 

Mayor Villanueva returned to Bulacan politics to continue the legacy of his late sister, former Mayor Joni Villanueva who died of ailment while at the height of COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020. 

He is joined in serving the people of Bocaue by the husband of his deceased hipster, former CIBAC Partylist Representative Atty. Sherwin Tugna, who won as his vice mayoralty running mate in the May elections. 

Santiago succeeded Mayor Joni.

Also sworned in were Pulilan Mayor Maria Rosario Ochoa-Montejo as vice president; Plaridel Mayor Jocell Aimee R. Vistan-Casaje as secretary; Baliwag Mayor Ferdinand V. Estrella as treasurer; Paombong Mayor Maryanne P. Marcos as treasurer; Balagtas Mayor Eladio E. Gonzales, Jr. as P. R. O. and Guiguinto Mayor Agatha Paula A. Cruz  as Business Manager. 

Hailed Board Members were  Pandi Mayor Enrico A. Roque as chairman; Mayor Flordeliza C. Manlapaz of Hagonoy and 
Mayor Vergel C. Meneses of Bulakan for the first district;  Bustos Mayor Francis Albert G. Juan from the second district;  Mayor Mark Cholo I. Violago of San Rafael

and Mayor Fernando S. Galvez Jr. of San Ildefonso from the third district;  Mayor Leonardo D. Valeda from Obando and Mayor Ricardo M. Silvestre of Marilao from the fourth district; Balagtas Mayor Eladio E. Gonzalez, Jr. from the fifth district and Mayor Reynante S. Bautista of Angat

and Mayor Maria Elena L. Germar of Norzagaray from the sixth district. 

Hailed Council of Advisers: were Santa Maria Mayor Bartolome R. Ramos, DRT Mayor Ronaldo T. Flores, San Miguel Mayor Roderick DG. Tiongson and Calumpit Mayor Glorime Faustino.