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Better out, than in, in politics FRONTLINE Ninez Cacho-Olivares 02/13/2010

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Better out, than in, in politics

Ninez Cacho-Olivares
Priests and bishops really should stay out of politics.

It was a mistake on the part of Ed Panlilio, a priest, for him to run for a gubernatorial post in Pampanga. Just as it was a mistake on the part of his bishop, Archbishop Paciano Aniceto to give his blessings to his priest’s run, especially since Canon law --- which the prelates are supposed to obey without question, in the same manner they are not supposed to question the Bible but take everything stated there as gospel truth and purely on blind faith --- bars priests from running for a political post. You know, the Catholic gig about not being able to serve God and mammon.

It was a big mistake not only because Panlilio’s years as governor proved his inexperience at effective administration of the Pampanga government, which has resulted not only in a deeply divided government and reportedly anomalous transactions — with him at odds with the mayors and other officials, as well as a lack of progress in the province — but also ended up in having been kicked out of his gubernatorial seat by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) after it had declared Lilia Pineda the winner of the 2007 Pampanga polls.
Any which way, the governor-priest is now stained by cheating, rightly or wrongly.... MORE

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