MANILA, October 20, 2008—Manila Archbishop Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales cried foul on efforts to unseat Catholic priest-turned Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio.
Rosales said the recall petition against Panlilio is apparently backed by politicians who are affected by reforms being initiated by the governor.
“These are politicians talking. A person who wants to initiate reforms is always put at a disadvantage. These people who did that, maybe they want to go back to their old ways,” he said.
But the archbishop said the ones who could really attest on this matter are the people of Pampanga themselves.
Rosales als advised the beleaguered governor not to be discouraged by challenges he is currently facing.
“I told him to be good and that I’m praying for him,” said Rosales. “If a person strives to be good, he will overcome evil in the long run. It’ always like that.”
Last week, allies of Lilia Pineda, whom Panlilio beat in the 2007 gubernatorial race, filed a petition before the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for a recall election. (CBCPNews)