“I will not volunteer to run. But if God tells me to run through this collective process, so be it.
I will also come to a personal discernment.
Whatever is the decision that brings peace to my heart,
then that must be His will.”
“PGMA is evil but what we need is not a saint, let alone a Catholic saint.” This is exactly what I thought when the news reached me that the priest-turned-politician Gov. Ed Panlilio of Pampanga has confirmed to vie for presidency next year May.
Given the historical reality that this country being tagged as Asia’s Most Corrupt have been administered by presidents, senators, congressmen, most of which pledge allegiance to the Roman Catholic fold, is a watertight argument that religious affiliation doesn’t necessarily make a trustworthy and effective public servant.
Early this year we have witnessed the eve of the inauguration of US President Barrack Obama the way he address the thousands of Americans on how the United States is “a nation of Christians and Muslims, Jews and Hindus and nonbelievers.” And in his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame, he said that the Golden Rule binds “people of all faiths and no faith together.” If Gov. Ed Panlilio be elected on the highest position in government I strongly doubt that words to this effect will also be uttered, and constitutional separation of Church and State be uphold.
If religiosity of people is the answer to the sickening wide margin between the rich and the poor then why our country is way behind our neighbors despite being bastion of Catholicism?
Let us remind ourselves that no matter how good his intention in running for the presidential position as long as he will go against House Bill 5043 or Reproductive Health Bill, and other national issues concerning moral and intellectual progress we should definitely NOT vote for him, the way I did for born-again televangelist Eddie Villanueva last national election.