The Moral Alternative

The Pampanguenos are an interesting lot.  There is always something “cooking.”  I should know, because I am “100 % concentrated Capampangan with No Additives.”

So many people were surprised when Fr. Ed Panlilio, the very capable parish priest of Betis, Pampanga announced his decision to run for Pampanga Governor.  A great many people were elated, a great many people were alarmed.  But his candidacy brings the much desired “Fresh Wind” to Pampango politics, and most likely will, in the long run, “air out” the rotten core of Philippine politics.

Many “cabalen” are delighted because they now have a viable alternative to “Scylla and Charybdis”…

  

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77 Comments

  1. Cousin Paz said,

    October 6, 2008 at 1:42 am

    Toto,

    I think the Hizon’s withdrawal of support from Among Ed stemmed from a “favor” they were hoping to gain after elections. It had something to do with the quarry which Among Ed was able to turn into a “gold mine” with lots of income for the province. However, a Hizon (close) relative did his own quarrying with the hope that he could get it for free. The material was supposed to be used for a house he was building.

    But knowing Among’s sense of fairness, he declined their favor of just allowing them to quarry for free. In other words, just like the rest who have to pay the right amount for quarrying, they should likewise pay. No supporters of Among Ed during his elections will be given special favors! Because of this, they exposed him and called him a liar and all other things they can hurl at him. Their house, which they offered to lend to him as his supposed “Governor’s Residence” when he won, was withdrawn!

    Because of their rift, Among’s rivals in politics cashed in on the whole incident and said that his “biggest” supporter, the Hizons had withrdrawn their support. Honestly, I know of really big anonymous donors to Among’s candidacy who, to this day, have not even tried to ask a favor. It just goes to show some people’s hidden agenda!

    Cousin Paz

  2. September 27, 2008 at 2:56 pm

    Jay:

    I have no “inside story” on the issue as yet. But you bet our fellow readers will have updates very soon!!!

    “Hizon versus Panlilio”: Always the same names involved in Pampanga. I will not be surprised if those two turn out to be blood relatives!!! *LOLSZ!!!* 😛

    Toto Gonzalez

  3. Jay said,

    September 27, 2008 at 11:00 am

    Dear Toto,

    What’s the inside story on Lolita Hizon’s withdrawing support for Among Ed? She’s even leading the recall moves.

    She’s on TV right now calling him “a liar” and “psychologically incapacitated”. This somewhere between her reciting bible verses and something about molecular psychodynamics? Sorry was half paying attention.

  4. cousin paz said,

    May 28, 2007 at 4:10 am

    Hi Beny,
    Thank you, I am doing fine.
    Gee whiz, Tita Miniang was your teacher? That was an apt description – “very strict.” She was the same even to us her nephews and nieces (God rest her soul.). We were closer to the “Barbies” (Tita Miding and Tita Zon) who were our allies and our “spoilers.”
    Yup, Luding was the favorite of everyone although we are not even related. He has a very kind heart kasi.
    I do hope to meet you when you visit Apalit. It would be nice to see you. Best regards to you and your family too.
    Paz

  5. beny arceo said,

    May 26, 2007 at 4:23 pm

    Hi Paz, how are you and your family? i hope everyone is doing well. it was nice to hear from you, i had seen you around when you were really small. did you know miss H. Cacnio was my grade school teacher? she was the best, very strict but fair. but i think luding was her favorite, he should have been the valedictorian but politics even then was alive. it would be nice to see you again. take care.

  6. Bernie said,

    May 21, 2007 at 10:19 pm

    Toto,

    I think it is about time we adopt Zippo as our brother Capangpangan.

    Mabuhay tayong lahat!!!

  7. cousin paz said,

    May 21, 2007 at 3:17 am

    With your indulgence, Toto….

    Hi Beny,

    Thank you for you condolences. Yes, I will also send your regards to Luding. He told me about you recently. Tita Miding (or Milagros Cacnio y Mercado) died in her sleep last May 12, our Lady’s Saturday. A great day to go as she herself was a Marian devotee, even named after her patroness, Nuestra Senora dela Medalla Milagrosa.

    She was discharged from Cardinal Santos Hospital in Manila a day before and was told by her doctors to recuperate in Apalit after impending signs of pneumonia were dismissed. Well, it could be that her heart gave way at dawn of the 12th as she was sleeping. She complained of back pains at midnight so Luding and his wife Baby transferred her to a hospital bed in her room. She later said that the pain seemed to have disappeared after a while. She slept and never woke up.

    Do continue saying a prayer for the eternal repose of our favorite (Toto’s and mine) “Barbie.” Hope to meet you one of these days. Best regards!

    Paz

  8. cousin paz said,

    May 21, 2007 at 3:09 am

    Congratulations to all of us! I am truly proud of my Capampangan roots!

  9. May 19, 2007 at 5:17 pm

    zippo:

    WAY TO GO!!! *hugs*

    SOMETHING HAS REALLY CHANGED. SOMETHING HAS REALLY CHANGED FOR THE BETTER!!!

    HOPEFULLY, THE KAPAMPANGAN EXAMPLE WILL BE EMULATED BY THE REST OF THE COUNTRY!!!

    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  10. zippo said,

    May 19, 2007 at 2:06 pm

    Seriously, though, I called up one of the managers of our family business’ office in Pampanga (he’s a Born-Again Christian but a die-hard supporter of Fr. Ed). He says that he was one of the many holding vigil at the Provincial Canvass in Pampanga.
    He says that sometime in the afternoon of May 18th, the official canvass showed Lilia Pineda with a more than 20,000 vote lead over Fr. Ed with 3 towns to go. He says that the Pineda goons were beside themselves with joy and were even heckling the Fr. Ed supporters. Fr. Ed’s supporters answered by singing religious songs and Fr. Ed’s campaign song “Capampangan cu.”
    Then, the votes of San Fernando were canvassed were Fr. Ed had someting like 37,000+ votes while Lilia Pineda had 20,000+ votes so Pineda’s lead shrunk to a little less than 3,000 votes.
    Lilia Pineda’s supporters continued their heckling.
    Then the Election Returns for another town was canvassed. Fr. Ed won that town but Pineda was still up in the total by a mere 533 votes!
    Then the last town was called. Magalang. The Provincial Board announced that Lapid won that town with 16,000+ votes. They then announced that Pineda had 9,000+ votes. Then they announced that Fr. Ed garnered 11,000+ votes.
    Immediately there was pandemonium. People were crying. Even some of the canvassers couldn’t hold back the fact that they were indeed secretly rooting for Fr. Ed. Some COMELEC canvassers started to to cheer while standing on top of the canvassing tables!
    The numerous Pineda supporters were stunned and started booing but, thankfully, they chose to leave the premises.
    More of Fr. Ed’s supporters started to arrive at the canvassing center waiting for Fr. Ed to arrive. People were crying and singing songs. Catholics and Protestants were praying together.
    Then Fr. Ed arrived. People were crying and singing “Capampangan cu.” Fr. Ed went up on stage. He was accompanied by, among others, a lady pastor from the Pampanga Methodist Church who, together with her Methodist congregation, literally slept for 4 nights beside ballot boxes containing election returns; guarding these ballot boxes with their bodies in order to avoid any ballot box switching.
    I am just so sorry I could not have been there personally. I am not from Pampanga. I don’t even have a drop of Capampangan blood but today, as we rejoice and savor in Fr. Ed’s victory, we honorable Filipinos are all Capampangan. I am proud to say, Capampangan cu!
    Z 🙂

  11. zippo said,

    May 19, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    I heard that the winning numbers in the jueteng draw in Pampanga last night were: 1, 1, 4, and 7. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 🙂

  12. May 19, 2007 at 5:49 am

    Everybody:

    CONGRATULATIONS AMONG ED!!!

    CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF US!!!

    THERE IS HOPE AFTER ALL!!!

    I’M SO HAPPY I COULD HUG ALL OF YOU!!!

    *JUMPSJUMPSJUMPS FOR JOY!!!*

    Toto Gonzalez *the happiest I’ve been in a looooong time!!!*

    Note: This comment should have appeared 17 hours ago but it seemed it was being sabotaged!!! I tried five times but it just wouldn’t appear!!!

  13. Bernie said,

    May 18, 2007 at 9:56 pm

    Zippo,
    I want to know who are these 1,147 masa votes belong to. They could be depended upon in times of need.
    But if we analyze the situation, it was not a popular vote. They had to share the votes three way and 1,147 votes lead is not really so much. If the volunteers were not as vigilant, baka nadisgrasya pa. We will have to accept that for every 10 voters in Pampanga, only 3 plus something are for Fr Ed. The rest are for Mark, Lilia and the three stooges. Marami ang pupuna lagi sa administration ni Among. Among Ed, huwag kang makinig sa mga iyan. Piliin mo yung pakikinggan mo. Magingat din sa maamong tupa na lalapit sa iyo na siya pala ang magpapabagsak sa administrasyon mo. Salamat sa lahat ng bumoto kay Fr Ed. Salamat din sa magandang pakikipagtagisan ng opinion dito sa blog ni Toto. Zippo mabuhay ka. Toto salamat.

  14. May 18, 2007 at 4:12 pm

    Everybody:

    I HAVE NEVER BEEN MORE PROUD TO BE A CAPAMPANGAN/KAPAMPANGAN/CABALEN/KABALEN THAN I AM TODAY!!! 😀 😀 😀

    Toto Gonzalez 😀

  15. beny arceo said,

    May 18, 2007 at 4:04 pm

    about time a good man in office, mabuhay cabalens

  16. zippo said,

    May 18, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    I cried for joy when I heard that Among Ed was proclaimed Governor sometime before 8:00 in the evening. Capampangans have taken back their province. Mabuhay ang Capampangan!
    A margin of 1,147 votes. See Bernie, never lose faith in the masa.

  17. taitai said,

    May 18, 2007 at 12:54 pm

    Fr Ed Won!!!!
    Hurray!!!

  18. May 18, 2007 at 10:45 am

    If ever Among Ed’s supporters will have to assemble to protect his election…

    COUNT ME IN.

    COUNT ALL OF PAMPANGA IN.

    It’s One Chance to Do what is Right.

    Toto Gonzalez

  19. May 18, 2007 at 10:43 am

    Personally, I have nothing against the two other contenders…

    He is handsome and traces his roots to show business. He should make movies so he will have many adoring fans.

    She is unimaginably rich. She should engage in extensive social programs and establish herself as the “Mother of the Poor” of the province. That way, She will be more than just a financial and political power. She will have the True Power that comes from helping the marginalized sectors of society. More Power than She could ever dream of.

    Toto Gonzalez

  20. May 18, 2007 at 10:38 am

    I am very frank about wanting Among Ed to be the Pampanga Governor. I want a Good Leader who can bring out the best in all of us.

    I want him to be the Governor of Pampanga. I will not settle for Anybody Else.

    Toto Gonzalez

  21. May 18, 2007 at 10:34 am

    They threw ballot boxes into the river in Arayat, Pampanga.

    Those people are way too stupid to realize that they threw their future into the river as well.

    Toto Gonzalez

  22. May 18, 2007 at 10:29 am

    One of Among Ed’s chief concerns are the public hospitals of Pampanga. There is a paucity of medical supplies.

    When he becomes Governor of Pampanga, I have no doubt that the charitable organizations worldwide will make a beeline to help the Pampanga hospitals, because they can be sure that their assistance will be properly received and utilized.

    Toto Gonzalez

  23. May 18, 2007 at 10:25 am

    Poor Among Ed. Because of constant threats, he has to sleep in a different house every night.

    But because All of Pampanga is for Him, he will have thousands of houses to spend the night in!!! He will not run out of houses for the rest of his life!!!

    God Bless Him and Keep Him!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  24. May 18, 2007 at 10:22 am

    I am glad that they caught that barangay captain from Betis, Pampanga who was exchanging the ballots in the boxes. He is now at Camp Crame.

    Serves him right. But he is only one of many. Barangay captains were “provided” Php 150,000.00/xx each to ensure victory in the elections.

    What Money can do…

    Toto Gonzalez

  25. May 18, 2007 at 10:13 am

    Indeed, Among Ed is up against very formidable forces.

    The last update as of 3:00 p.m. of 14 May 2007, votes for the Pampanga governorship were being purchased at an all-time high of Php 5,000.00/xx each.

    Very formidable.

    Toto Gonzalez

  26. grace said,

    May 18, 2007 at 2:47 am

    Hi Toto! Over lunch yesterday, we spoke of how the nation looks closely at the situation in Pampanga. Last night, the news haven’t been good. I’m not Capampangan, but I join you in prayer. What happens there will be reflective of our supremacy and independence as a political people and it is important to safeguard it, if only to bring hope to other corners of our country that all of us can be Davids if we only use our heads and follow our consciences.

  27. vic waje said,

    May 17, 2007 at 3:09 pm

    Hi guys. Been a while since i last posted here. if you want to monitor the quick count being conducted by NAMFREL, here is their site http://ppcrvnamfrel.blogspot.com .

  28. beny arceo said,

    May 14, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    paz,

    this is beny arceo, i know your mother’s family. i am sorry about aching miding. please convey my condolences to the whole family.

    by the way, my regards to luding, he is a friend of mine.

  29. cousin paz said,

    May 8, 2007 at 3:24 pm

    Will pass the gist of Bernie’s letter via text to our relatives and friends.

  30. Bernie said,

    May 8, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    zip,

    The prayer rally went well with the Capampangans even though our priest, Fr Nilo Macapinlac was not able to attend due to urgent matters. I received a letter to be distributed to all Capampangans and whose roots are from Pampanga. I would as well also send this to non-Capampangans like you who care for Pampanga and Capampangans. This early, I am asking Toto, with your indulgence, that I publish the letter in your blog. I know a lot of people visit your blog and it could help if the letter is published here.

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Renewal of Faith,
    Restoration of Good Government and
    Welfare and Prosperity.

    We enjoin all Capampangans and all whose ancestral roots are from the province of Pampanga to join us in a solemn prayer of solidarity on May 11, 2007. On this day all Capampangans should say a prayer for intercession and follow the prayer with a ringing of a bell at 6:00 P.M.

    This is in support for Fr. Ed Panlilio running for governor on his quixotic quest to bring back good government and prosperity to our beloved Pampanga. Let every recipient of this e-mail pass it on to a friend and print a copy for those who have no access to the internet.

    People of Pampanga will carry on the movement with a noise barrage at the 7:00 P.M. outside of their houses. Let us all be one and pray for our beloved province!!!

    ————————————————————————————————————————-

    Thanks Toto.

    Bernie

  31. zippo said,

    May 8, 2007 at 10:23 am

    How was the prayer rally in Alberta, Bernie?

    This clip from gmanews.tv might interest you about the kind of masa Pampanga has:

    “It was an altogether different but bigger crowd that was lured days before by (Lilia) Pineda, who staged her rally at the same plaza. One of those who attended Pineda’s rally, tricycle driver Bernardo Sampang, 54, told Newsbreak that Pineda gave away P300 to every member of the tricycle driver’s association.

    Sampang got the money, but said he would not still vote for Pineda. “”After the elections, how is she going to get back her money?”” Sampang said in Pilipino. ““At least I know that Among is not throwing away money.”” As for Lapid, Sampang said he had three years to prove his worth but was found wanting.

    ““Among is a priest and I know he will not do anything to disgrace his vocation,”” Sampang concluded.”

    Mabuhay ang masang Capampangan. Mabuhay ang masang Pilipino.

    Z 🙂

  32. Bernie said,

    May 5, 2007 at 8:12 pm

    Zippo,

    There will be a prayer rally for Fr Ed tomorrow, May 6, at 4:00 PM ( May 7, 8:00 Am Philippine time) here in Edmonton, Alberta. Though we could not be there physically on May 14 to cast our votes, we will pray for a peaceful, honest election and also counting.

    Luid ya yng balen Capampangan!

  33. zippo said,

    May 5, 2007 at 4:16 am

    Bernie,

    I believe you that there is a percentage of the masa capable of accepting bribes or dole-outs in exchange for their votes. However, I believe that a greater majority of the masa have goodness in their hearts and would vote according to their conscience. It is on this point that, I gather, we differ.

    Z 🙂

  34. Bernie said,

    May 4, 2007 at 9:49 pm

    Zippo,

    This is the time when we need the “flashes (no matter how occasional) of brilliance, goodwill, and nationalism” of the masa with a common sense. If what is written below is true, God Help Pampanga!!!

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO — “We are firmly behind the candidacy of Lilia “Baby” Pineda. We are still intact and we are now ready to work hard to ensure Baby’s gubernatorial victory for the sake of the province, para king indung Kapampangan.”

    This was the joint statement made by 17 mayors, some 500 barangay captains and their respective councils, farmers and other marginalized sectors of the society in voicing out their support for Pineda’s gubernatorial bid.

    They said the leadership of Baby Pineda, an experienced mayor and provincial board member, can effectively unite the leaders of the province to effect real change and cause unprecedented progress and development.

    Meanwhile, thousands of mothers all over the province joined “Project Nanay,” Pineda’s pet project aimed to empower and employ women to become active partners of nation building.

    Mayor Jerry Pelayo, spokesman of the Pampanga Mayors’ League said the 17 mayors, all the candidates from Vice Governor, board members, mayors, councilors, and barangay captains are now “election ready” to ensure the victory of the Kapampangan people by bringing Pineda to the Capitol in an honest, fair and peaceful election.

    “Kaming mga mayors ay matatag at hindi natitinag sa paniniwala sa liderato ni Governor Pineda at kami ay nakahandang tumulong sa kanyang panunungkulan bilang susunod na gobernador ng ating lalawigan,” Pelayo said.

    The mayors said Baby Pineda is still the answer to their quest for change as thousands of Kapampangans continue to join and welcome Pineda every time she holds multi-sectoral assemblies to meet the marginalized sectors of the society in the province such as the federation of tricycle drivers associations, senior citizens, barangay health workers, barangay tanods, barangay kagawads, persons with disabilities, and government retirees among others.

    Alfredo Santos, provincial federation president of Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), said their group believes in the crusade of Baby Pineda as she had already shown to them that she is ready to help by providing their medical needs.

    “Matagal ng panahon na tumutulong si Governor Baby sa mga mahihirap, maysakit at sa mga tulad naming may kapansanan kaya panahon na para tayong lahat ay magbigkis-bigkis upang tulungan siyang maging gobernador ng Pampanga para lalo tayong matulungan na maingat ang antas ng ating pamumuhay,” Santos said.

    It can be recalled that since December last year, Pineda conducted and still holds consultative assemblies to pulse the grievances of the people and get their opinion on major issues besetting the Capitol leadership.

    Through these multi-sectoral consultations with the rural poor in the far-flung barangays, the mayor said, Pineda was unanimously asked to respond to the emerging problem of a leadership vacuum in the provincial Capitol by throwing her hat in the gubernatorial race this May 14 elections.

    The mayors said Baby Pineda has never failed the persistent public clamor of the rural poor for her to run and lead this province hence, they said, these multi-sectoral groups will never fail her in the coming elections.

    from Pampanga News by PR. Sino ba ito? Bakit hindi mo isulat ang tunay na pangalan mo? Hindi ka yata sigurado sa mga pinagsasabi mo? Magpakilala ka!

  35. Bernie said,

    May 4, 2007 at 2:14 pm

    Zippo,

    Read below. These are the ‘masa’ I was referring to you.

    ‘Jueteng’ men called to help in Bong Pineda wife’s gov bid

    Inquirer
    Last updated 06:01am (Mla time) 05/04/2007

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Suspected “jueteng” lord Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda has met with 2,000 kabo (area managers) and kubrador (collectors) of the illegal numbers game on Wednesday night and tapped their help in the gubernatorial campaign of his wife, Board Member Lilia Pineda, according to her rival, Catholic priest Eddie Panlilio in a statement here on Thursday.

    Pineda, 57, could not be reached for comment. He earlier told the Inquirer he was not running jueteng or STL in Pampanga.

    Panlilio said he learned of the meeting from a collector in Bacolor town who was present in the gathering held at the farm-resort of Bacolor Mayor Romeo Dungca in Barangay Macabacle, also in Bacolor.

    Reached by phone, Dungca said it was he who invited Bong Pineda to come to his place.

    “I told him there are many people in my resort and that Nanay Baby (Lilia) is not here so would he care to come over, meet them, talk to them about her campaign,” the mayor said.

    Dungca admitted that the crowd comprised of “some STL collectors from Bacolor, but many were barrio folks.”

    Panlilio said he has reasons to be “alarmed” about the meeting because it showed the “apparent role of jueteng in the campaign of Lilia Pineda.” He has campaigned on a platform of good governance, with plans to stop jueteng and quarry corruption, issues that are linked to Lilia Pineda, 56, and reelectionist Gov. Mark Lapid, 28.

    Sorry

    At the same time, Panlilio said he “felt sorry for these workers whose only interest is to earn a living for their families. They are being used in electoral campaigning.”

    Those who came reportedly work in the City of San Fernando and in the towns of Sta. Ana, Mexico and Bacolor—all in the province’s third district.

    The informant reported not seeing Lilia Pineda in the meeting. Reached by phone, she said she did not know about the event.

    An Inquirer source involved in her campaign could not confirm the meeting either but surmised that if Bong Pineda indeed held one, it could be his own initiative to help his wife. Lilia Pineda had said that in the 19 years that she held public office, her husband had stayed out of politics. The net worth of his wealth is not known.

    Panlilio’s source claimed that Bong Pineda arrived at midnight and gave a brief speech. “(He asked us) to ensure the winning of Baby (Lilia’s nickname).”

    Bong Pineda was said to have also spoken against the priest by saying, “This early he’s been begging for money.”

    The informant took that to mean that Panlilio was making money out of the donations to his campaign.

    Donations

    Panlilio said his campaign is run on private donations that are “properly accounted for by a finance committee and judiciously used by (my) campaign managers.”

    The informant reported that collectors were not given money yet. He believed that money could come later because their area managers “remained for another meeting with 1-2.” Those numbers are the name they call Bong Pineda, a native of Lubao town.

    Also on Thursday, Lapid fielded personnel to check on reports that money was being distributed in the meetings of Lilia Pineda at a restaurant here and in Cutud, Arayat. Pineda said the reports were “not true.”

    The Wednesday meeting, and the reported incidents of vote-buying, saw Panlilio making appeals to voters to “choose candidates who are good, honest and genuinely committed to public good.”

    Copyright 2007 Inquirer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

  36. cousin paz said,

    May 3, 2007 at 11:13 am

    Hi Toto,

    Mom got a call from Luding yesterday and he said Among Ed had a sortie in Apalit which was VERY WELL ATTENDED. It was first held in the old church and later in the municipio in the afternoon. There was a very long motorcade of cars. However, he heard from some of his supporters that there are already some death threats on the good priest that’s why, he had a small contingent of military men to guard him during his visit to Apalit.

    Paz

  37. beny arceo said,

    May 2, 2007 at 2:53 pm

    I like Fr. Ed Panlilio and hope the man above will help.

    The Philippines needs more Dutertes in politics.

    hi Toto, how are you?

    beny

  38. cousin paz said,

    May 2, 2007 at 8:04 am

    I find the name of the headquarters cute – so Capampangan… ala lang “H” they’re called: EDQuarters! Hahahaha!

  39. Vic Waje said,

    May 2, 2007 at 2:11 am

    You should hear the jingles. They were composed not ripped from popular songs. They are very catchy and upbeat. You can’t help but dance from the tunes specially during motorcades. I often find myself bobbing my head in all directions and singing. And as the vehicles with loud speakers (in stereo) you can see the people dancing too.

  40. April 30, 2007 at 11:21 pm

    Alex:

    Go, Go, Go Alex!!!

    I completely agree with you: those campaign materials of Among Ed are Chic, not because of their style or whatever, but for the Ideal that they represent!!!

    It’s one of those rare times when what is morally upright is also very fashionable. It even seems to be the “zeitgeist”!!!

    Carpe diem!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  41. April 30, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    Everybody:

    Oh wow. We’re being quoted as we speak…

    Should we be “careful”???

    NAH!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  42. Bernie said,

    April 30, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    Paz,

    For the actor’s son to say that it would be better to vote for the priest instead of the Jueteng Queen, that is tantamount to conceding to the victory of Fr Ed. It must have been clearing in his mind that indeed the priest is more popular than him. Good Sport.

  43. Alex Castro said,

    April 30, 2007 at 5:53 am

    Over the week-end, I went to Among Ed’s EDquarters in Dau and asked for campaign materials. I was given reams of posters and tons of stickers which now wallpaper my fence. So chic!!

  44. Vic Waje said,

    April 30, 2007 at 1:36 am

    I would like to share a headliner in the April 29 issue of the Daily Inquirer.

    http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/inquirerheadlines/nation/view_article.php?article_id=63055

    I would like to announce likewise that there will be a motorcade in the City of San Fernando on May 1, 2007. Assembly will be at the St. Jude Vill. Parish Church at 7 am. Please be there.

  45. April 29, 2007 at 12:15 pm

    […] the priest to enter politics. Ding amanu nang Bryan writes about the program of the priest. Remembrance of things awry has a blog article about the priest’s candidacy which generated a good discussion in the comments […]

  46. cousin paz said,

    April 28, 2007 at 4:39 pm

    Toto,

    I agree with you. I am also told that in some sorties, the actor’s son was overheard saying that if Capampangans don’t want to vote for him, it would be better to vote for Among Ed instead of the lady candidate. Wow!

    We only have to 2 weeks to go… God bless the Philippines! God bless Pampanga!

    Paz

  47. April 26, 2007 at 2:18 pm

    Everybody:

    My lawyer brother is convinced that the sheer billions of the lady candidate will make her win as Pampanga Governor.

    I don’t believe him.

    Toto Gonzalez

  48. April 26, 2007 at 2:16 pm

    zippo:

    OHMYGOD… THAT’S IT!!! THAT IS IT!!!

    *jumps for joy*

    Toto Gonzalez

  49. Bernie said,

    April 26, 2007 at 12:58 pm

    I was in EDSA I. Commuting between Angeles City and EDSA starting from the second day. On the last night, I was at home early and watched TV but they announced that FM and his family have left Malacañang on choppers. A little while later, I could hear choppers approaching from the south and I knew they would fly by our subdivision. I have been used to planes and choppers passing by due to Clark AB but these choppers were flying low as they gave a distinct sound. I went out and searched the sky, and my guess was right, they were flying low and trailing each other, not in the usual flying position as I see them daily. I knew it was FM’s party so I hurried to the nearest gate of Clark AB. The USAF guards hurriedly closed the gates so we watched the choppers land in the Base Ops area. We could see faint figures of people alighting the choppers. There is a joke going around for sometime when FM was in Hawaii. It was told that the pilot was a little deaf, asked FEM where he wanted to go and FM replied “Paoay”, so the pilot took him to Hawaii.

    I hope this brewing people power will happen in the form of ballots for Fr Ed and not because of untoward incidents.

    Mabuhay tayong lahat. Mabuhay si Fr Ed. Mabuhay ang bayang Pampanga. Luid ka balen!

  50. zippo said,

    April 26, 2007 at 8:15 am

    This is confirmed. In a strongly worded statement, Bro. Mike Velarde of EL SHADDAI just endorsed Fr. Ed for Governor. I just read it in the Inquirer.

    The Inquirer estimates the membership of El Shaddai in Pampanga to be a little over 200,000.

  51. Vic Waje said,

    April 26, 2007 at 12:29 am

    I would like to share an article written recently in the Philippine Star.

    http://www.philstar.com/philstar/NEWS200704232606.htm

    Quoting the last sentence in Ms. de Guzman’s article, “I can surely smell a new People Power Movement rising in the province of Pampanga. Abangan!”, it is exactly this movement that brought me back to hoping that there will be a movement beginning in our province of Pampanga that will bring back the pride and honor of the Filipinos.

    I was still a kid when Ninoy was martyred, I didn’t even know why he was so popular that time. During the first EDSA, I was just a spectator just like the majority of us Filipinos watching the event unfold in television. I joined the ranks of EDSA II 14 years later but was subsequently disappointed with the outcome. But this time, I feel an overwhelming flow of hope that Among Ed will start this movement, or die trying, not for his own ambition of fame, fortune and power, but for his ardent desire to serve not only his congregation but his entire people.

  52. Bernie said,

    April 25, 2007 at 1:50 pm

    Toto, Paz and Zippo

    Reading Chirino and Morga in the Blair & Robertson series, the Filipinos then were much different from today. They had their own form of writing, culture, law and order. I wonder where and how we got to be like what we are now. Is it the mix of acquired cultures from all over Asia, Europe, America? I wonder what our culture will be and how we elect our leaders if the Spaniards, Americans and Japan did not dip their fingers into our affairs. We might be Muslims, Hindus, Budhists and Shintos with some Catholics and Protestants in trickles. We might be dressed as our brothers in the south or as the Igorots from the north or maybe in G-strings or thongs(modern) like the Aetas. Just imagining all the possibilties is already like playing civilization game on the computer.

    I agree with you Toto that Cho was at the wrong place. I would even help him by coaching on who will be first, or better yet, just spray the bullets while they are in session. They plead for our votes as they want “to be of service” but when they are elected, they become our masters, hard to reach lords with cordon sanitaire. Mabibilang mo kung sino ang mahusay. Sino nga ba? Nag turn-coat na yung iba. Yung dating bida, kalaban ngayon. Yung kalaban dati, kakampi ngayon. Ano ba yan? Wala na ba silang sariling paninindigan? Buti pa si Im*lda, hanggang ngayon ay KBL pa rin. Ha ha ha ha ha ha

  53. betty mahmoudy said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    For the first time in my 23 years as an OFW (Overseas Filipino Whatever) I wish I’d registered with the embassy so I could vote those damn leeches, parasites and idiots out of office!

  54. betty mahmoudy said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:26 pm

    Cho Seung Hui should have started with EVERYONE in Malacanang, starting with Napoleoneta!

  55. April 25, 2007 at 9:36 am

    cousin paz, Bernie, zippo, Vic,

    I firmly believe that the South Korean gunman Cho Seung Hui did his gig at the wrong place, Virginia Tech, and to the wrong people, the students. Had he performed his “magnum opus” at the Philippine Congress and Senate to Our Politicians, he would have earned the praise of 100 million Filipinos. And I, for one, would have most willingly paid to reward him a lifetime of leisure, enjoyment, and great sex in Boracay island.

    Seriously, I do feel that way. On the subject of tawdry Philippine politics, I’m inspired by Adolf Hitler’s “The Final Solution.”

    Toto Gonzalez

  56. cousin paz said,

    April 25, 2007 at 5:17 am

    Hi Toto,

    That’s the “thinking masa” we want to hear, and I am so glad you come across people like them. They are not merely concerned about “feeling like one day millionaires” on election day, but are wisely thinking ahead of what the future will be for them. We’ve been missing a lot of people like them in the whole Philippines — hope us Capampangans can set this “noble” trend.

    Paz

  57. Bernie said,

    April 25, 2007 at 12:18 am

    Mabuhay si Toto! Luid ca Cacang Toto. Sana pin macanyan ngan yng amanung sasambitla ra deng cabalen tamu. Sana pin migising na la ding maluca. Sana pin dinatang ne yng tagapagligtas tamu qng pangagapus qng carauacan pauli ning pamanungculan ding mapanecas. Luid ca Toto, Luid ya yng balayan Capampangan. Luid la ring sablang malda.

    Zippo, Mabuhay ka rin. Mabuhay tayong lahat na naniniwala kay Among Ed.

    Ibang topic naman. Toto, dagdagan mo kwento mo sa Pampanga lalo na ngayong nalalapit na halalan.

  58. April 24, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    cousin paz, Bernie, zippo, Vic,

    As a “100 % concentrated Capampangan with No Additives,” I am often in Pampanga… I cut across a wide swathe from Apalit to Mabalacat, Floridablanca to Arayat. Everywhere I casually ask the most ordinary people who they will vote for Pampanga Governor in the coming elections and the answer is always “Y Amung!!! Y Amung!!!”

    And Pragmatic Me tells them: “Get the Money [ from the others ]. Get the Food [ from the others ]. Get Everything You Can [ from the others ]. Because Those are Rightfully Yours in The First Place. You Do Not Owe Them Anything. They Owe You Everything. If We do not have Corrupt Politicians and This Rotten System in this Country, You will be able to Work; You will be able to Buy Food; You will be able to Study; You will be able to Develop; You will be able to Prosper!!! If You do not start Changing Things for the Better Now, Your Children will Suffer as You Do, and Your Children’s Children, and so on. Vote for Your Children’s Future, ‘Cabalen’!!!”

    I’ve taken the Good Priest’s candidacy as a Personal Crusade… albeit in my own benevolently dictatorial kind of way. 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  59. Bernie said,

    April 24, 2007 at 5:21 pm

    Zip and Paz,

    If the action star is more worried of the priest than the jueteng queen, that only shows that he really has millions from the quarries, much much more than decades of ‘old coins’ from jueteng. Their fight (Quarry Prince Vs. Jueteng Queen) will not depend on achievements of good governement and delivery of basic services but of how much money they can spend before and during the elections.

    How many registered voters were there in that 10 KM long mootorcade? Little boys and girls no matter how big their placards are do not vote. How many hungry voters do we have in Pampanga? They were there along the road where the motorcade passed by. Were they outside to show support or were they looking for dole outs and candies? These are questions that Fr Ed’s camp have to address.

    Vic, ask Fr Ed to help us pray hard for flashes of brilliance, goodwill and nationalism from the ‘masa’ at least for just the moment these ‘masa’ are inside the poll precints.

    Zippo, hindi ako galit sa ‘masa’. Sinasabi ko lang ang totoo. My experience with the ‘masa’ started in 1969, long before 2001.

    Zippo, in your service to criminal indigents, did you have clients from the Angeles City jail in San Angelo Subd? That’s the former 173rd PC camp. I know some of the usual cases. Illegal recruitment, swindling, estafa. Do you think these criminal indigents have (occasional) flashes of brilliance, goodwill and nationalism? Brilliance, yes, because they swindle and suck innocent people which are also members of the ‘masa’.

    Inuulit ko, hindi ako galit sa ‘masa’. Kay Fr Ed pa rin ako!

  60. zippo said,

    April 24, 2007 at 10:11 am

    Thanks Vic. I watched, with goosebumps and tears welling in my eyes, the video footage of the Easter Motorcade of Fr. Ed. The video had, as its background, the song “Kapampangan Ku” sung by Mon David.

    The video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6rZy9ggeN8

    A motorcade of cars 10 kilometers long. Throngs of people meeting Fr. Ed in every town. Then there was a picture of this young boy with soulful, piercing eyes as if pleading to his provincemates — his plea written in the cartolina placard he was holding, “MIBANGUN KA KAPAMPANGAN”.

    I wish I were Kapampangan just so I could vote for Fr. Ed.

    Z

  61. Vic Waje said,

    April 24, 2007 at 6:24 am

    We appreciate your support for Among Ed. Like many of us, we have grown tired of having no viable choice during the elections. My fear is the same, that the masses will rather accept temporary alleviation of hunger and poverty rather than stand up and fight for their right under the constitution to receive not only basic but exemplary service from their government.

    Please visit Among Ed’s website and join our forum discussion. http://www.amonged.org .

  62. Bernie said,

    April 23, 2007 at 1:06 pm

    Paz,

    This goes to show that the Capampangans, coming from different religious groups have seen hope in Fr Ed. I dream of the time when they repeat this phenomenon and they choose the right Congressmen, Mayors and Councilors. I also hope that the rest of the provinces will do likewise and we, Filipinos can have the right Senators and get rid of actors, comedians and dancers. Then, Filipinos will not have to go abroad to earn a living. I hope to see this in my lifetime.

  63. zippo said,

    April 23, 2007 at 12:37 pm

    Just attended a luncheon with the media director of Action Star (now running for mayor in the Metro’s premiere city) also in attendance. Cousin Paz is correct, media director said, off the record, that Action Star himself is more worried of Fr. Ed than of Jueteng Queen.

    Z 🙂

  64. cousin paz said,

    April 23, 2007 at 3:15 am

    My mom just visited Apalit last week and she was told that the headquarters of Fr. Ed in our town is at the Methodist Chapel? Wow… that’s a telling of how much support he has been getting.

    Sources from our tenants in San Simon say that based on a survey they made, the fight is between Among Ed and the actor’s son. The gambler’s wife is a mere third.

  65. Bernie said,

    April 21, 2007 at 11:43 pm

    Zip,

    Hahaha. Now I can really accept that you are for Fr Ed like me. If I sounded like I hated the ‘masa’, I was just pulling your leg. I am also for Fr Ed but sad to say, I can not help him physically for I am outside the country. I have asked my son to give my donation though, at Patria’s. I have experienced being cheated during the ballot counts when I was very active in helping a Cabalen try for the mayorship of Angeles City. I have also witnessed vote-buying and sacks of rice being unloaded in front of houses on election eve. I just hope this time, the ‘masa’ will have that flash of brilliance, goodwill and nationalism, even just for the time they are inside the poll precincts. Flash of brilliance and nationalism also for the ballot counters. I hope Fr Ed will have many volunteers during the poll watch. I really do hope and pray, that this time, the ‘masa’ will vote for their future and not for the temporary relief of their hunger.

    Paz,

    That’s good news if some INC’s will support Fr Ed.

  66. cousin paz said,

    April 21, 2007 at 4:10 pm

    According to reliable sources, Fr. Ed’s candidacy is even fully supported by Born Again Christians and some INC! Gosh, it would be a shame if Catholics like us in Pampanga would not support him. That would truly be a disappointment… If this happens, that would be an actual show of how our moral principles have degenerated not only as Capampangans but as Catholics!

  67. zippo said,

    April 20, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    Point well-taken Bernie but I have faith that even the “so-called zero-IQ” members of the “masa” are capable of flashes (no matter how occasional) of brilliance, goodwill, and nationalism because these members of the “masa” have common sense.

    Now counter-point this to learned members of the elite who have no common sense at all (like certain Georgetown alumnae who shove Jueteng Queens and Action Stars down the collective Capampangans’ throats).

    All my best to you Bernie and my prayers go out to your province 🙂

    Z

  68. Bernie said,

    April 20, 2007 at 1:21 pm

    zippo,

    the ‘masa’ you have been involved with are the good thinking ‘masa’ that is why they are involved in human rights cases. I am talking about the ‘zero I.Q.’ masa who hero-worship movie stars and those who are blinded with money on election eve. Have you seen a sack of rice drop in front of a ‘masa’s’ house on election eve? I remember Mark having an affair with Kris Aquino before he was elected. Now who do you think voted for him? The awakened, concerned, freedom-loving, business-owning Capampangans?

  69. zippo said,

    April 19, 2007 at 11:59 pm

    To Bernie:

    Yes, Bernie, like you, I’ve worked with the “masa.” I was lawyering for human rights cases and criminal cases involving indigents from 2001-2005. I have never lost faith in the masa. If it could be done in Isabela and Bukidnon, it can be done in Pampanga.

    By the way, it would really seem that Mrs. Jueteng and Action Star’s Son are really getting scared of Fr. Ed that they have been resorting to dirty tricks vs. Fr. Ed. I just came across the following article in today’s Inquirer:

    Bishop defends Fr. Panlilio vs dirty tricks

    By Tonette Orejas
    Inquirer
    Last updated 01:45am (Mla time) 04/20/2007

    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Pampanga Archbishop Paciano Aniceto on Thursday defended Fr. Eddie Panlilio from allegations of wrongdoing, saying these were the works of a “demolition squad” wanting to derail the priest’s gubernatorial bid against candidates linked to “jueteng” and quarry corruption.

    Describing Panlilio, Aniceto said: “Fr. Ed is a very, very exemplary priest and he has served the social action ministry with great dedication and love for the poor. So he has contributed tremendously to the pursuit of the Church of Pampanga as the Church of the Poor.”

    “I know his solid integrity, including his private life,” the archbishop said in reaction to reports casting doubts on the priest’s character.

    Aniceto clarified he was commenting on Panlilio’s priestly activities in the last 26 years, not endorsing his candidacy.

    “I don’t have any doubt about his fidelity to his vocation,” the 70-year-old bishop told the Inquirer.

    Spreading through text messages since last week, the allegations made it to the news media starting Wednesday. These claimed that Panlilio, 53, had romantic flings with four women, that he received campaign contributions from suspected jueteng operator Melchor “Ngo-Ngo” Caluag and that the church’s Social Action Center of Pampanga (Sacop) was swindled of money during his stint as executive director.

    In a statement, Panlilio denied having taken advantage of any woman or accepting jueteng money.

    He confirmed that Sacop was victimized by swindling, explaining that it happened because a private bank, which served as a conduit of P5 million worth of loans for Mt. Pinatubo victims, did not remit the payments to the center.

    “Like anybody else, my trust and that of the archbishop’s had been abused,” he said of that incident. Sacop, he said, had learned from that experience and had put in place measures to secure donations. “I did not pocket a single cent.” he said.

    He admitted committing frailties, saying in Filipino: “I am not trying to be clean. Like others, I too made shortcomings and mistakes. Nevertheless, my track (record) will speak (for itself) that I struggled to become faithful to my vocation to serve especially the poor.”

    Panlilio was the first priest in Pampanga to run for public office. His running, he said, was in reply to an “extraordinary situation that required a radical option,” referring to the laity’s clamor to have an “alternative moral candidate.”

    This came at a time when the choice was between reelectionist Gov. Mark Lapid, son of Sen. Manuel “Lito” Lapid, and Board Member Lilia Pineda, wife of suspected jueteng lord Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda.

    Panlilio said the smear campaign would not distract him in the crusade against jueteng and quarry scam that he noted had “bled the poor of their hard-earned money as well as taxes that rightly belong to them [and should be spent on] basic social services.”

    In separate interviews, Lapid and Pineda denied they were behind the smear campaign on Panlilio.

    “I have not made it a policy to use black propaganda. It is definitely not from us,” the governor said in a statement relayed by his campaign manager, Fidel Arcenas.

    “It cannot be me because I respect the priest and his candidacy is not a threat to my bid,” Pineda said by phone.

    Aniceto said that while he upholds the view that the state and the Church must be independent of each other—an issue raised against Panlilio—he respected the personal decision of the priest to enter politics.

    He confirmed there have been differing positions among 124 Pampanga priests but they, he said, were “very aware of their basic unity, which is their unity as brothers in the priesthood.”

  70. Bernie said,

    April 19, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    Toto,

    I know you are well connected. You can research. Help me come up with a statistical data of the Pampanga electorate. Demographically, what is the percentage of voters coming from the C camp; D or even E crowd? And compare with the A camp; B crowd. The ‘masa’ vote for Fr. Ed will come only from Betis, Sacop beneficiaries, Minalin, and the towns where he served as parish priest. Assuming the A camp; B has awakened, plus the above ‘masa’ for Fr. Ed. This way we can forecast the outcome. The rest of the Capampangan ‘masa’ will never vote for Fr. Ed if they have not gained anything from Fr. Ed in the past. What is important to them is what you can give them ‘now’ not ‘tomorrow.’ Do you know the old Capampangan saying “Ing tauling kabit, yang Manu”?

  71. Bernie said,

    April 19, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    zippo,

    i always have faith in the Capampangan as a Capampangan, especially as a voter. The affluent educated ones are matured as electorates. But the ‘masa’ NO. It has happened with Lito Lapid, then Mark. The voters of these politicians are still very much alive. Now comes a moneyed lady. Don’t tell me the ‘masa’ will snub the money of the lady, or that of the movie idol. I had so many experiences with the ‘masa’. Have you? I do not put down the ‘masa’. I have just come to accept what the Capampangan ‘masa’ is per se. (This is actually a challenge to the ‘masa’ (if ever this will reach the ‘masa’ ).

  72. zippo said,

    April 18, 2007 at 3:13 pm

    Have faith Bernie. Have faith.

  73. Bernie said,

    April 18, 2007 at 1:40 pm

    Toto and Paz,

    The volunteers were in their SUVs. Did you see PUJs? Sugarcane trucks? Then it’s only the middle and upper class that supports Fr. Ed. Where are the ‘masa’? The ‘masa’ believes in temporary upliftment of poverty. The money flowing before elections is what’s important to them. Good looking, movie star-surrounded candidates are their heroes. Moneyed politicos are best. If the ‘masa’ will not support Fr. Ed, I do not know what will happen next to Pampanga.

  74. April 18, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    zippo:

    That makes me so happy. That really makes me sooooo happy!!! That only means that the Capampangans still have their morals, principles, and aspirations [ !!! ] intact!!!

    Viva Fr. Ed!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

    Toto Gonzalez

  75. April 18, 2007 at 12:13 pm

    cousin paz:

    I have faith in our “cabalen.” If they have to use extralegal means to protect the legitimate vote then I am all for it!!!

    Did I ever tell you that my big political idol is Mayor Rodrigo Duterte of Davao??? That’s the way to get things done!!!

    Toto Gonzalez

  76. zippo said,

    April 18, 2007 at 12:07 pm

    I heard that Mrs. Jueteng and the Action Star’s Son actually quaked in their respective boots the other week when more than 2,000 cars — all volunteers, no “hakots”, all donating their time and gasoline — joined the Motorcade for Fr. Ed Panlilio. I’m not Kapampangan (although my late grandparents’ company has been doing business there since the 1930s) but its people deserve much much more than Mrs. Jueteng and Action Star’s Son.

    Mabuhay ka Fr. Ed!!!!

  77. cousin paz said,

    April 16, 2007 at 2:35 am

    We know Fr. Ed Panlilio well because he is a good friend of my brother Mike’s business partners at Yuujin. Mom and I have met him several times and he is a simple priest … no airs whatsoever! How I wish all of Pampanga would consider this “3rd force” considering the choices they have at the moment. You are right when you said “they now have a viable alternative to ‘Scylla and Charybdis’.” But the question remains… will the “masa” make the right choice? That remains to be seen!


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