Philippine Politics: Governor Ed Panlilo Drops Out of 2010 Presidential Race
Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio, who is also a priest on leave, declared his intention to drop out of the 2010 Presidential race at a press conference in Club Filipino, Greenhills – the same historic venue where Philippine Senator Mar Roxas also announced his withdrawal from his bid for President.
According to Gov. Ed Panlilio‘s statement, he is giving up his campaign for president to give way to the support of Senator Beningno “Noynoy” Aquino III.
Even if it’s similar to the announcement made by Mar Roxas -right down to the venue and the press release – Governor Ed Panlilio couldn’t possibly have been that serious in his intention to run for President. I mean – has the Pampanga Governor even seen the surveys and polls? Well, if he has, then he’ll probably notice that his name won’t even come up in the top 10 of any survey for Presidential elections. That alone is reason enough for him to stay out of the 2010 Presidential race. Really now – did he really think he could win?
Had Gov. Ed Panlilio run for President, I would’ve considered him a nuisance candidate. Sort of like Brother Eddie Gil, and possibly Eddie Villanueva. What’s up with these Ed’s who keep thinking they’ll ever become President. President Ed? Sounds like a horse from a TV show.
Members of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines have expressed delight over Panlilio’s decision to withdraw, and even some concluded that – “maybe it’s about time he just return to his priestly duties.”
I personally think Governor Ed Panlilio is just trying to make an ala-Mar Roxas sacrifice in the hopes that he will generate the same kind of sympathy from the Filipino people, who have expressed a thumbs-up for the withdrawal of Mar Roxas because he put country before self. Now, watch carefully – I have a feeling Ed Panlilio will try to make a run for the Philippine Senate, and will hope that his press release will gain him a favorable Senate seat under the slate of Noynoy Aquino.