Early this year, when the people of Pampanga were left with choosing between a candidate who has lorded it over the illegal gambling game in the province and a candidate who has made money out of squeezing bribes from the quarry operations, an unlikely politician risked everything, including his life to give the Kapampangans an alternative. While his opponents wallowed in a seemingly bottomless war chest, his penniless campaign relied on the generosity of the people who wanted to see a change in Kapampangan politics. Faced with the goons and guns that his opponents unleashed to ensure victory by all means, he put his faith in the courage of the Kampampangans and their thirst for reforms to ensure his security. Neither guns, goons and gold prevailed over the courage and generosity of the Kapampangans, they wanted a change in the reins of governance so much that most of them were not tempted by the glitter of gold nor were they cowed at the sight of guns and goons. when the last of the votes were counted, AMONG ED PANLILIO emerged victor over the gambling lord and the quarry lord. David prevailed over the Goliaths.
Two weeks ago, he faced his first test of character as a politician. The neophyte governor and greenhorn politician received a paper bag containing P500,000 in cash in Malakanyang. He was tolf that it was for his province’s barangay projects, but he smelled something else. Faced with the choice between keeping quiet (and keeping the money) or coming out and exposing the scam and flirt with the ire of the highest and the most powerful official of the land, he chose to let the public know. His expose not only made public the attempt to buy the loyalty of local government officials, it exposed to the public’s eyes the practice which everyone else already accepts as NORMAL and NATURAL.
Many will consider his action as quixotic, I consider it worthy of a PALABAN AWARD
AMONG ED PANLILIO, Governor of Pampanga
BETRAYING THE SPIRIT OF EDSA
“National unity, the rule of law, justice with accountability” are what she claims as her reasons for granting pardon to Erap Estrada. I have never seen these words twisted so horrendously to be used to hide the motives behind this Presidential Pardon. A plunderer was exculpated by a muh bigger plunderer. May she face what these words really stand for: may the nation be united and as one enforce the rule of law to exact from her the accountability for her crimes against the Filipino people. May justice prevail.
Meanwhile, I will recognize her for what she is – FULL OF SH!T – deserving of the MALABANAN AWARD
GLORIA MACAPAL-ARROYO, Cheating President of the Republic of the Philippines