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Panlilio-Padaca Ticket For 2010 Bared

March 22, 2009


Eduardo Panlilio and Grace Padaca are embarking on the biggest battle of their lives.Their vehicle: the Panlilio-Padaca para sa Pagbabago Movement (PPP Movement) which they say offers Filipinos a genuine alternative presidential and vice presidential tandem for the May 10, 2010 elections.

One could very well call the Panlilio-Padaca ticket quixotic but in a wat Among Ed and Ate Grace have been tilting at windmills all their lives. Panlilio temporarily shed his priestly habit three years ago to battle Pampanga’s illegal gambling lords and win a tightly contested gubernatorial race.  Padaca quit her job as a government auditor in 2001 to run for Congress against Isabela’s most powerful political clan, eventually losing by just 59 votes.

Panlilio suffers from the rare disorder leukoderma which causes the skin to lose pigmentation while Padaca walks with crutches because of childhood polio.When Padaca did win the Isabela guberbatorial race in 2004 she ended the three-decade reign of the Dy family while Panlilio’s 2007 electoral victory made him only the second priest to be elected to public office in the Philippines (the first being Fr. Margarito Gonzaga, who was elected mayor of Alburquerque, Bohol in 1971.

Panlilio’s and Padaca’s supporters reckon they can be giant killers again, battling the moneyed wannabees of Malacanang and the main-line political opposition perceived to be led by traditional politicians.So ‘Among Ed’ and ‘ Ate Grace’ will be jousting against tickets with  very deep pockets and well-attuned to the old Filipino electoral formulation of employing the 3 G’s (guns, goons, and gold).

One thing sure Filipinos are hungry for positive change powered by new strategies for good governance anchored on the elimination of corruption.Will the Piso-Piso-Para-Sa-Pagbabago fund-raising tack of the Panlilio-Padaca tandem power them to victory 13 months from now?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. jcc34 permalink
    March 22, 2009 11:36 pm


    My privileged to link your blog to mine. 🙂

  2. March 23, 2009 4:53 am

    Am in your debt, jcc. 🙂

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