Breaking News: Fr. Ed The Unlikely declares he will run for President, will leave the priesthood
fr. ed, the unlikely has declared he will run for president and as a trade-off, he will leave the priesthood. he is the the nobody priest who was the unlikely winner of the election for governor in pampanga. he won over the candidate supported by the administration, lilia pineda a member of one of the richest families in pampanga rumored to be a family involved in illegal gambling and the incumbent, Gov. Mark Lapid who ran for reelection. fr. ed, the unlikely won by only 1,147 votes a very close race among the three contenders.
fr. ed the unlikely had no experience, no machinery, no funds and no connections but he won just the same. in a province where the rumored king of illegal gambling lives and operates, this unlikely priest won. ironic or is it fitting that a catholic priest won in a province known for gambling and arroyo’s hometown. many saw it as good winning over evil. we see it as the unlikely happening that is very much deserved and someone the country needs.
we wish fr. ed, the unlikely well in his pursuit for the presidency. God speed, fr. ed.
Priest-governor to run for president in 2010 Panlilio says ‘God is calling’
By Dona Pazzibugan
Philippine Daily Inquirer
First Posted 16:25:00 07/21/2009
MANILA, Philippines – Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio announced on Tuesday his intention to run for president in 2010 and leave priesthood.
“I have every intention to file my candidacy on or before November 30 [the deadline of filing of candidacy]. I’m ready for all the consequences, including dispensation from priesthood,” he declared at the weekly forum arranged by the Catholic Media Network in Intramuros, Manila.
Panlilio, who became the first Filipino priest to sit in public office when he was elected governor in President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s home province in 2007, said he believed running for president was God’s calling. “When I decided to offer myself [as candidate] I felt at peace. I’m doing this not for me, not for myself. I felt God wanted me to go on a higher service,” he said. “I have said time and again I have no political agenda. There have been groups telling me to run for the presidency and thought I would pray again. After a period of discernment I said, yeah God is calling me to run for the presidency,” he continued.
Panlilio said he was not expecting the Catholic Church leadership to campaign for him since the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines never endorsed and would not endorse candidates. He said he would formally request for dispensation from the Church “anytime between next month and November.”