Although expected, it was still surprising to see Gov. Ed Panlilio among five presidential aspirants during leader’s forum, Countdown 2010, hosted by ABS-CBN.
His presence had given me strong feeling that he has strong desire to be the next president. Gov. Ed Panlilio seemed to be inserting himself to the president-to-be short list.
I thought the first Filipino Roman Catholic priest elected as provincial governor in the Philippines will continue to serve Pampanga, the province that gives him chance to get noticed in entire country. I imagined that Gov. Panlilio will campaign for his second term. But I was fooled with my expectations that Among Ed will prove his worth in Pampanga provincial capitol and the worth of his suspension as priest.
I thought Among Ed is waiting for strong indicators that the people in the Philippines will push him Malacañang in 2010. Perhaps dramatize by waiting for millions of signatures pleading him to run.
On the contrary, Gov. Ed Panlilio wanted higher than what a governor can do; bigger and far better than Pampanga provincial capitol. But potentially harsh than some Pampangeño’s indifference. Critics on his quarry policy will be nothing to what lies ahead.
If I continue to tolerate my wild thoughts, it seemed I see another first in the Philippines – Filipino Roman Catholic priest to sleep, play, decide, and dine in Malacañang Palace.
Authors may take the chance to write an interesting and inspiring coffee table book on that. Of course highlights will be tales on how he stepped form the altar, dropped by in capitol, then dived to Malacañang. It’s a human interest story publishers would be drooling of.
The legend of Gov. Ed Panlilio is inspiring, and admirable. His extraordinary decision to give more weight on politics than his ministry has revolutionized nation’s politics.
Reality check, Gov. Ed Panlilio has slim chance to get majority votes in May 2010. Either the good priest knows about it or he simply got strong faith to his denials and partially blinded with murky political water.
Does Among Ed foresees early political disaster in his own province so he slides to a national post?
While the leadership, dedication, and courage of Gov. Ed Panlilio worthy of commendation, I am not yet convinced that he is ready to lead this nation. But I am not saying his capabilities as leader is questionable to me.
Roman Catholics like me will feel blessed seeing Fr. Ed Panlilio heartily does his ministry rather than seeing him in the near future dining with wolves.
Politics is dragging him away. But there is one thing more. Fr. Panlilio’s civil and political rights are always supreme to any opinion including mine.
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