From: Harvey Keh
Date: Nov 8, 2007 5:04 PM
Subject: Support for Gov. Ed Panlilio
Dear Fellow Filipinos,
Good day to you!
Last October 13 , Governor Ed Panlilio of Pampanga came out to declare
that he was given P 500,000.00 in cash which came from a Palace Staff
Member in Malacañang. The money was allegedly given for baranggay
projects and to support candidates for the upcoming baranggay
elections. Since Gov. Panlilio's admission, there have been other
local officials and congressmen who have admitted to receiving money
from Malacañang as well. Up until today we still don't know where this
money really came from.
But since then, Gov. Panlilio has been under fire because of doing the
right thing. Right now, local officials in Pampanga led by Vice-Gov.
Yeng Guiao are ganging up on him and marginalizing him by not
respecting his authority as governor. Media Publications in Pampanga
are even being used to destroy his credibility. If one looks at Gov.
Panlilio's performance thus far in the less than 6 months that he has
been in office, the results would speak for itself. He was able to
raise the same amount of quarry taxes in less than 2 months compared
to the former governor who raised the same amount in 1 year. Due to
this, mayors and board members are now demanding part of this
collection money and are blackmailing Gov. Panlilio by not passing
important policies that will benefit the constituencies of Pampanga.
Isn't this a familiar refrain in our country? Someone does good and
yet he is often punished for doing what is right? And worse, while
this is happening many of us just turn a blind eye without doing
anything. We s just shrug it off and move on with our lives. It is no
wonder why majority of our government leaders are becoming bolder and
bolder in becoming corrupt since for them no one would dare complaint
about it. In short, we deserve the kind of leaders that we have
because we continue to do nothing despite the fact that we see that
there is something wrong. And this is why I am writing to appeal to
you right now, I'd like to ask for a few minutes of your time to send
an email of support to Gov. Ed Panlilio, let us all tell him that we
are behind him in his quest for the Truth. What is at stake here is
not only the people of Pampanga but the nation as a whole. Gov. Ed
exposed what has long been happening in Malacañang and now he is being
punished for it. Will you do something about it?
If yes, then please send an email of support to Gov. Ed Panlilio at
firstname.lastname@example.org and please help us by forwarding this
email to all your friends. We will print the emails that you send and
give it to Gov. Panlilio to show him that he is not alone in his quest
for the Truth. Let us show the world that the Filipino people will not
just allow another Good Man to fail and let evil prevail.
Thank you for your time! May you have a pleasant day!
Harvey S. Keh
Director for Youth Leadership and Social Entrepreneurship
Ateneo de Manila University-School of Government
See the blind beggars dance, the cripples sing, the idiot a hero, the