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Among Ed Panlilio Declares Presidential Bid

Written By David D'Angelo on Wednesday, July 22, 2009 | 7/22/2009

The first term governor of Pampanga, Among Ed Panlilio had recently declared his bid to become the next President of the Philippines. Among Ed who have won against strong political rivals, Mark Lapid and Lilia Pineda. Among Ed says he will run on a campaign of the Filipino people restoring their faith in themselves and getting rid of graft and corruption. The CBCP however, is not very keen on this as they say that politics and priesthood does not go well together. But can he do it?

Many believes he can? In Pampanga he managed to collect more than 100 million pesos in just 6 months from Lahat quary against a meager 30 million pesos a year during the term of Pampanga Governor Mark Lapid. Panlilio also rode the jeep to go to work after the provincial government had financial problems.

But then who will take care of Pampanga? This is the lingering question. If there had been a start of change in Pampanga wouldn't it be better that Among Ed continue to sow the seeds of change and affect the lives of the people so that the old ways will not come back again?

It is said that Vice Gov. Joseller “Yeng” Guiao has declared his intention to run for governor and the Pinedas is keen in supporting him. Lilia Pineda even said, “Yeng is professional, educated and has more experience in government; he is more than qualified for that position, I will support his candidacy and I may campaign for him.”

A number of Pampanga mayors have also expressed their support for the candidacy of Guiao, whose late father Bren had carried out many projects in the province despite the lahar devastation during the Mt. Pinatubo eruption.

So does this also mean that Panlilio is eying a different position because if he run again for Governor in Pampaga he would lost? Did his seed of change fell on empty grounds?

Reports said that, this early, pledges from overseas are coming in for Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio.

An elderly gentleman has expressed his intention to part with $100 from his budget for hypertension and diabetes medicine. A Filipino in New York is also putting in $100, and another is contributing $5. A member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1983 has pledged an initial $100. A contract worker in Jordan is investing $1,000.

Pledges like these from ordinary Filipinos clamoring for good governance and willing to put their money where their mouth is are serving to encourage Panlilio to seriously consider seeking the presidency in 2010, with Isabela Governor Grace Padaca as his running mate.

Aside from Panlilio there are also other candidates who are seen as non-traditional or non-TRAPOS. Among these candidates are Nicanor "Nick" Perlas, Grace Padaca, Bro. Eddie Villanueva, John Carlos "JC" de los Reyes, and Alex Lacson among others.


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